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dok.incubator traces at Sundance Film Festival

dok.incubator is delighted to announce another 3 films developed in dok.incubator workshop are now competing in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance Film Festival! In the last 7 years of the workshop 9 films have already been selected for Sundance.

World Cinema Documentary Competition

An intimate portrait “The Disappearance of My Mother” by Beniamo Barrese (IT), where we w­­itness a once-iconic fashion model striving to escape the world of images and disappear for good. But her son’s determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera’s gaze .


“Lapü”, directed by César Alejandro Jaimes & Juan Pablo Polanco (CO) takes us on a sensory journey through the desert of La Guajira in Columbia where a young Wayuu woman exhumes her cousin’s remains buried in the middle of the Guajira desert in order to meet her for the last time.


With remarkably intimate access Petra Costa’s “The Edge of Democracy” (BR) follows Brazil’s embattled leaders Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva as they grapple with a scandal born out of their country’s fascist past and inflamed by a furious and ideologically divided nation. Like a great Greek tragedy, the film witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.  

Moreover, we are happy to congratulate also another three films, competing this year at Sundance, made by dok.incubator ex-participants and tutors!

The Magic Life of V.” by Tonislav Hristov and “Advocate”, edited by Yael Bitton compete in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and Nanfu Wang’s “One Child Nation” has been selected for the U.S. Documentary Competition.

Applications for the 2019 workshop are open now!

DEADLINE: 30th January
or meet us at Berlinale 8th – 12th of February.

SUNDANCE 2017: Two dok.incubator teams in competition!

We are very proud and happy that two films developed at dok.incubator 2016 are competing at Sundance: Adam Sobel’s debut ‘The Workers Cup’; and ‘The Good Postman’, by established Bulgarian director Tonislav Hristov!

Adam’s first feature-length follows the young African and Asian labourers building the World Cup stadium in Qatar. Competing in their own football tournament, the Workers Cup, they hope that achieving glory on the pitch will be their ticket out of the squalid labour camps.

The Workers Cup’ simply wouldn’t have been possible without dok.incubator’s crash course in documentary finishing. Equal parts creative inspiration, logistical preparation, and editorial perspiration, it offered something we desperately needed: a clear path to complete our film.  – Adam Sobel

Tonislav Hristov has directed eight films but ‘The Good Postman’, which premiered at IDFA, is his biggest success yet. In a dying Bulgarian village, local postman Ivan has a vision: if he becomes mayor, the village will be saved – by welcoming refugees.

dok.incubator was a great experience.  It was lots of fun – we met good people and most importantly, professionals, who will help you to finish your film! –  Tonislav Hristov

The films compete in the prestigious Sundance World Documentary Competition, which selects only 12 films from around the world every year.


dok.incubator nabízí rekonstruovaný prostor k pronájmu v centru Prahy!

UPDATE: The space is rented until May 2017

DOK.Incubator offers a refurbished space for rent in the city centre! (English below)

Jedná se o samostatnou neprůchozí místnost o celkové rozloze 11m2, která může sloužit jako kancelář nebo atelier pro jednu či dvě osoby.
Součástí je společná plně vybavená kuchyň (lednice, sporák, mikrovlnná trouba, varná konvice), koupelna a WC.
Prostory jsou nově vybavené podlahovou krytinou, bez nábytku.
Po dohodě možnost využití reprezentativní zasedací místnosti pro cca 6-8 osob.


Adresa: Bolzanova 1615/1, Praha 1 – první patro
Dostupnost: přímo u MHD, 3 min. od Hlavního nádraží.
Přesné rozměry místnosti: 5,20 x 2,10 m, okno do dvora
Příslušenství: bez nábytku, rozvod pro internet k dispozici
Součástí je společná plně vybavená kuchyň (lednice, sporák, mikrovlnná trouba, varná konvice) , koupelna a WC.

Cena: 3950 Kč/měsíc + 1550 Kč za služby

V případně zájmu kontaktujte Petra Štěrbu na

dok.incubator offers a refurbished space for rent in the city centre!

This is a separate room with a total area of 11 square meters, which can serve as an office or studio for one or two persons.
Also included is a shared fully-equipped kitchen (refrigerator, stove, microwave oven, electric kettle), bathroom and toilet.
The floors of the premises have recently been re-covered.
Accessories: unfurnished, wiring for Internet available
There is a possibility of using a conference room (space for about 6-8 people).


Address: Bolzanova 1615/1, Prague 1 – first floor
Accessibility: directly opposite tram stop, 3 min. from Central Train Station.
The exact dimensions of the room: 5.20 x 2.10 m, window onto the courtyard

Price: 3950 Kč/month + 1550 Kč for services

In case of interest please contact Petr Sterba at

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Meet us at IDFA 2016!

The dok.incubator team will be at IDFA from the 17th-24th of November. If you are interested in applying for the dok.incubator workshop, would like to find out more about us and our films, or would just like to talk, we would be very happy to meet you!

If you would like to arrange a meeting, please email:


The submission deadline for next year’s workshop is 1 February 2017.

dok.incubator at IDFA, DOK.Leipzig and Jihlava IDFF

Interested in the workshop programme? Considering applying with your rough-cut? Want to know more about the dok.incubator filmmakers and their journeys? Or just feel like having a chat? If the answer is ‘yes’, we’d love to see you!

We will be at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival from the 27th-29th of October, followed by DOK.Leipzig from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November. And finally, you can find us at IDFA from the 17th-22nd of November!

Stay tuned here or at our Facebook page for more details on where to find us at the festivals.
Or send us an email at: to arrange a meeting!

DOK.Incubator Preview 2016

DOK.Incubator Preview 2016

Four DOK.Incubator films at IDFA 2016

Four DOK.Incubator projects, three from this years’ workshop and one from 2015, will premiere at IDFA in November, bringing the total of our films competing at the Dutch film festival to 16 out of 40 since DOK.Incubator’s creation in 2011.

Festival-goers will be introduced to Ivan, The Good Postman /FI, BG/, who has a vision. If he becomes mayor of his dying Bulgarian village, they will be saved – by welcoming refugees. The film will compete for Feature-Length Documentary, alongside fellow DOK.Incubator 2016 project: Burning Out /BE, FR, CH/ follows the staff of a famous Parisian hospital, where the employees are undervalued, overworked, imposed stringent efficiency and productivity targets by the management, and on the verge of burning out.

Our final project from 2016 is a fascinating exploration of real female sexuality, as the two directors of Venus /DK, NO/ create a space for an intimate conversation about desire, lust, fantasy, shame and sexual freedom among young women. The film will feature in the IDFA Competition for First Appearance, where it will meet 2015 DOK Incubator project Amazona /CO/, following the journey of a mother and daughter to the Amazon to confront and heal the wounds inflicted by the past.

IDFA runs from November 16th to 27th.


Ukrainian Sheriffs candidate for Oscars

The official submissions for the foreign language Oscar have been just published. Among the countries from around the world, Ukraine has appointed Roman Bondarchuk’s Ukrainski Sherify (Ukrainian Sheriffs) for the race for the Academy Awards.

A tragicomedy from a remote Ukrainian village, in a middle of nowhere brings a story of two Ukrainian villagers, Victor and Volodya, appointed by the mayor to keep the Order and Law, deal with burglers, comfort the hobos and mediate between the wranglers and drinking with them. Suddently, the war reaches the village and ‘Cops’ – being a perfect guides into Ukrainian reality of today – are now emiting the summons for joining the army…

The film has already taken part in more than two dozen international festivals starting up with the Special Jury Award at IDFA Feature-length competition 2015 and it´s being sold to the broadcasters and theatrical distributors, internationally.

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