3rd Workshop Session 2018

17th – 24th September, Nordisk Panorama – Ystad, Malmö, SE


The third session is dedicated to preparing the participating teams for the official presentation of their projects within the industry.

We start with individual editing meetings in order to finalise the trailers/pilots to be presented. The workshop programme is focused on the preparation of the pitching presentation – speech structuring, five-minute clip selection, trailer feedback. The participants have individual meetings to train their presentation skills and detailed introduction of the project.

The informal pitching itself is composed as an exclusive event, organised by Nordisk Panorama, with personally invited key decision makers, festival selectors, commissioning editors, sale agents and distributors. Each participating team will have ten minutes to introduce the project, and screen the trailer and a short excerpt of the film. The preview is followed by a networking lunch with matchmaking with the invited industry guests.

By the end of the workshop, the participants summarise their results and plans for the future and receive feedback on their ambitions and opportunities. Although the workshop itself is over at that moment, we keep in touch with our participants, aiming to support them, using our contacts and networks with the film international release experts and sales agents. We continue to widely promote all workshop projects in the following year.

CONFIRMED TUTORS FOR THE  3rd dok.incubator SESSION 2018:

Pitching team

Ulla Simonen /FI/
Producer – MADE
aThe founder and managing director of the production company MADE and a tutor. She has also worked as the commissioner for short and documentary films in the national fund AVEK. Simonen started her career in film production in 1997 and has since then been the producer for over 50 titles which have been awarded around the world. Her filmography includes both domestic films and international co-productions that challenge the borderline between documentary and fiction: ”Innovative use of cinematic tools and an attempt to create something new and unforeseen even in everyday subjects pull my attention.”

Freddy Neumann /DK/
Neumann PR & Strategic Communication
Freddy NeumannFounder of Neumann PR & Strategic Communication, focused on strategic consulting, communication management, agenda setting, corporate- and product branding, community relations, public affairs, issues management, crisis management and media awareness. PR and marketing specialist, concentrated primarly on the cinema (feature- and documentary film) with a client’s portfolio mainly represented in the Danish and international film and entertainment industry.

David Grant Keir /UK/
Producer – Faction North, Ltd.
Grant Keir develops and produces feature films, TV drama, documentary and cross platform projects with a range of national and international partners. Grant attends all the major film markets and festivals and has an extensive network of national and international contacts in the film and TV world. Grant has produced films and TV programmes on four continents for broadcasters and financiers including BBC, C4, ARTE, ABC (Australia), UKFC, National Film Board of Canada, Screen Yorkshire, EM Media and NFM. Grant Keir was an active member of the Sheffield Docfest Board from 2005 – 2016 and is a graduate of the European Audio Visual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) professional producer training course. Grant specialised in coaching creative start up entrepreneurs in how to pitch more effectively to decision-makers, working for national clients. Grant went on to write, develop and produce award winning short films and many hours of documentaries for Faction North Ltd.

Jakob Kirstein Høgel /DK/
Organisation Representative, Director, Producer, Funding Representative
Jakob Kirstein Høgel heads a talent development scheme (NDS), granting development and production support to documentaries, fiction and video games. NDS has recently supported films such as R (feature, main prize Mumbai and Gothenburg), Applause (feature, 2009, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Mumbai FF), Out of Love (30 min doc, 2010, Rotterdam, Berlin FF) and Dr. Nakamats (52 min doc, 2009, IDFA). Jakob K. Høgel co-founded and co-owned documentary production company, Cosmo Doc in 2004 and ran it for 3 years. He has produced award winning films, such as “Prostitution behind the Veil” (Emmy nominee 2005) and “Gasolin” (2006, the best grossing Danish documentary ever with 235.000 cinema tickets sold). From 1999 to 2004 he was commissioning editor for Documentaries & Shorts at the Danish Film Institute.

Editing tutors

François Sculier /FR/
François SculierFrançois Sculier lives in Paris – but he loves to leave Paris to travel elsewhere. His directorial work as well as his work as an editor has led him to Greece, Iran, Burkina Faso, Morocco, and Russia. Before directing movies, this self-taught filmmaker began his career with the
editing of many short films in the 80‘s (narrative, experimental and documentaries), when film stock was still prevalent. His fortuitous meeting with Joris Ivens and his collaboration with Jean-Daniel
Pollet were decisive. Since then he has edited and directed short narrative films but especially documentary films that have been screened and awarded at many festivals. He has been an editing trainer at the Femis, Lussas, Cinédoc and HEAD in Geneva. He pursues and maintains a balance between these three aspects of his work: directing, editing and training.

Nanna Frank Møller /DK/
NannaNanna Frank Møller has edited over 40 films, including creative documentaries, feature films and short fiction. She graduated as an editor from the National Film School of Denmark in 1999 and made her debut as a director in 2007 with ‘Someone Like You’ which won the
Talent Dove at the International Leipzig Film Festival and the Grand Prix at Odense International Short and Documentary Film Festival the same year. She has directed four documentaries, all of which were sold to international broadcasters and toured international festivals. As an editor, she has a long term collaboration with Danish director Max Kestner and has worked with Anne
Regitze Wivel, Kaspar Munk, Phie Ambo and Mohamed Jabaly among others. In 2001, she co-founded the Society of Danish Film Editors and was a member of the board from 2001–2005. She guest teaches at The National Film School of Denmark and has mentored several workshops.

Joelle Alexis /BE/
Born in Belgium, Joelle Alexis is one of the top film editors based in Tel Aviv. She has been working on full length documentaries as well as on fiction films for over 20 years. Her works have been selected by festivals like Cannes, IDFA, Sundance, and many others. A few of the recent documentaries she has worked on are Muhi- Generally Temporary (R. Castelnuovo, T.Elterman) Best of Fest at IDFA 2017, and Twilight of a Life (S. Biegeleisen) Visions du Reel 2015. In recent years Joelle has been the editing consultant on documentaries needing an extra hand like Silas (A.Nayar) TIFF 2017, Becoming Who I was (M. Chang Yong, Jeon Jin) Berlinale 2017, and Babylon Dreamers (R. Shumunov) best Feature doc at Moscow IFF and Kiev IFF 2017. She tutors at the Sundance Edit Lab, Doc Campus, Crossing Borders, BCPF South Korea, Green House, EsoDoc and Doc Lisbon. She also gives editing master classes on trailers, documentaries and fiction.

Trailer tutors

Peter Kerekes /SK/
Director, producer, script writer
Peter studied film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts (VŠMU) in Bratislava in the years 1991 – 1998. He ended up teaching the same subject at the same institution, where he founded the feature and documentary film studio together with Dušan Hanáko. Although he originally wanted to make feature films and managed to reach for the university degree, he fell for documentary storytelling ever since his first documentary about the Slovakian poet Erik Groch. His feature documentary ‘Cooking History’ (produced by Austrian director and producer Georg Misch) won awards at many international festivals, such as Hot Docs and DOK Leipzig, and was even nominated for the renowned Prix Arte 2009 European Film Award. His latest film ‘Velvet Terrorists’ also offers a somewhat different perspective on history. It tells the story of three men who made an attempt to crush the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, with varying degrees of success. Based on the idea that what is a terrorist regime to one person may be a just political system to another, the film also looks at how the discourse on terrorism changes with the political context. ‘Velvet Terrorists’ is a Slovakian-Czech-Croatian co-production and was co-directed by Palo Pekarcik and Ivan Ostrochovsky.

Iikka Vehkalahti /FI/
iikkaCommissioning Editor for YLE TV2 Documentaries, Finland since 1998. Executive Producer for Steps For The Future and Another Finland and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. Board member in Steps International, Steps India and IDFA. In YLE he has commissioned internationally awarded documentaries like 3 Rooms Of Melancholy; Decent Factory; Recipes for Disaster; Lakshmi and Me; Paradise; In The Shadow of Holy Book; Northern Star, and Riot On! Before YLE he directed several awarded documentaries for Epidem and Musafilm, e.g., Past is Present; Man from the Shadow; Daughter of a Terrorist; Tehri – Two Journeys. In 2008 published the book Steps By Steps (co-written with Don Edkins). Currently, is off for a year from his post at YLE being a visiting professor at Tampere University.

Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid Dyekjær has produced more than 20 documentary films during the last 16 years. She is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark when it comes to the financing and production of international documentary films. She also has experience with the serial format, both from ‘BUGS’ (2016) by Andreas Johnsen and ‘Scandinavian Star’ (in
development) by Mikala Krogh. Because of her brilliant international track-record, and the great success of Hanna Polak’s ‘Something Better to Come’, Sigrid was accepted as a member in the renowned Producers Guild of America in 2016. In 2015, she was awarded the Ib Award, given by the Danish Directors
Association to honor the best producer in the Danish film industry. Besides producing films and TV series, Sigrid teaches at the National Film School of Denmark and at dok.incubator, an initiative supported by MEDIA. She also delivers masterclass lectures in documentary filmmaking at film schools around the world.

Phil Jandaly /SE/
Phil has spent the last 20 years as an editor, first in fiction, fishing, and comedy, then in documentary. Part of award winning international productions like Prison SistersKilling Time, and Liberation Day, Phil also tutors and consultants on everything from pitching to rough cuts to the genius of sticky notes. Working out of Sweden, his projects have originated in places as far afield as Serbia, Kenya, France, Korea, and beyond. With a focus on human rights stories, Phil has brought an acute, analytical approach to storytelling to help creators get to the heart of their projects. He’s travelled the world with EDN, B2B, and independently, giving master classes on pitch pilot trailers and the craft of storytelling through scripting, editing, and sticky notes. Phil blogs about documentary and technology on his Storysmith blog, and runs BedouinViking productions, where he’s been part of developing the Sundance/Stories of Change feature documentary Brown Gold.

dok.elevator tutors

Erik Winker /DE/
Producer / CORSO film
Erik Winker has been working in the field of documentary for over 15 years. In 2008 he was the co-founder of HUPE Film in Cologne/Germany. The company has been responsible for successful films such as ʻWork Hard Play Hardʼ by Carmen Losmann (FIPRESCI Prize DOK Leipzig, Grimme Award beyond others, big number of festivals worldwide), ʻDancing with Belliesʼ by Carolin Genreith (Official selection Berlinale), ʻFighterʼ by Susanne Binninger (preselected for the German Film Award, German Camera Prize) or ʻHappyʼ by Carolin Genreith (Best Documentary Film Festival Bozen, preselected for the German Film Award, German Critic´s Award) and international co-productions like ʻ15 Corners of the Worldʼ by Zuzanna Solakiewicz (Award of the Semaine le la Critique Locarno, Int. Competition DOK Leipzig), ʻA Woman Capturedʼ by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter (Sundance, IDFA, Hot Docs, Sheffield and many more, Best Documentary Linz, Best Documentary Boston, Hungarian Film Award) or Aida´s Secrets by Alon Schwarz (Hot Docs Toronto, Audience Award Doc Aviv). Since summer 2016 the company is running under the new name CORSO Film. Erik is teaching regularly at film schools and international workshops, is a former chairman of the filmmaker´s association Filmbüro NW and member of the German Film Academy.

Karolina Lidin /SE/
Documentary Consultant & Producer / Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Karolina Lidin is a documentary consultant primarily engaged at Nordisk Film & TV Fond as Documentary Advisor and at Sheffield Doc/Fest as Executive Producer, Marketplace & Talent. In addition, Karolina Lidin is continuously involved in mentoring/training schemes, developing projects with international potential, lately with DocsPort Incheon, Docs by the Sea, DocEdge Kolkata and Dhaka DocLab. Karolina has previous experience as producer, film commissioner, distributor and as CEO of Nordisk Panorama and Nordisk Forum. Karolina’s activities also include moderating the IDFA FORUM and numerous other film festival and market events – in addition to festival jury duty, panel & selection committee participation and tutoring worldwide.

Aleksandar Govedarica /RS, CA/
Sales agent / Syndicado
Aleksandar Govedarica was born in 1987 in Sarajevo. Aleksandar is a graduate of University of East Sarajevo as well as Vancouver Film School. He started working as a film programmer at Kriterion Sarajevo, the only art house cinema in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Aleksandar was part of the organizing committee of the Serbian Film Festival in Vancouver. He produced two documentary films and has experience in all aspects of filmmaking including directing. With three years of previous experience in sales and distribution, Aleksandar now runs the Toronto based world sales agent Syndicado.