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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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DOK.Incubator offers a refurbished space for rent in the city centre!

DOK.Incubator nabízí rekonstruovaný prostor k pronájmu v centru Prahy!

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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.

Dispozice: 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: 6200/měsíc včetně služeb


V případně zájmu kontaktujte Žofii Strachotovou na

This is a separate room separated by 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 premises are newly equipped with floor covering.
Accessories: unfurnished, wiring for Internet available
After the possibility of using the representative meeting room for about 6-8 people.


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

Price: 6200Kč/ month including services

In case of interest please contact Zofie Strachotová at


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ULTRA wins post-production prize at Rough Cut Boutique in Sarajevo!


Great news! The team of ULTRA (dir. Balazs Simonyi, ed. Thomas Ernst, prod. Laszlo Jozsa), one of 8 projects selected for DOK.Incubator 2016, has just won the main prize of Docu Rough Cut Boutique held annually in the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival.






As a winning film of the Docu Rough Cut Boutique, ULTRA has got post-production prize in the value of 20 000 EUR, provided by Digital Cube, the biggest Romanian post-production studio. Big congratulations!

ULTRA is drama about everyday athletes who join an extreme running race of legendary Spartathlon in order to test their personal limits, heal their souls and release their demons.


Remarkably, it’s not the first time DOK.Incubator’s participants are awarded with the main prize of Docu Rough Cut Boutique –  in 2014 it was DRIFTER (DOK.Incubator 2014), the Winner of the IDFA Award for the Best First Appearance Documentary 2014.  


A Family Affair selected for European Film Awards!

Fantastic news – A Family Affair (DOK.Incubator 2014) by Tom Fassaert (director), Wout Conijn (producer) and Claudio Hughes (editor) has been selected for the European Film Awards! Congratulations!

After premiering as the opening film for IDFA in 2015, A Family Affair continues to have an incredible festival run, from winning the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary as well as the Special Jury Mention, to Best Film Award in the International Competition at Biografilm Film Festival 2016 only a few weeks ago.

This is the second DOK.Incubator project to be selected for the EFA after Drifter /HU, DE/ by Gábor Hörcher last year.

Find out more about the EFA selected documentary projects here:

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Banyak Films fund to invest £5000 to develop a documentary about the issues of housing in Europe

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Banyak Films (UK) have started an investment fund to develop ideas. The first will be around the issues of housing in Europe and they have £5000 for a filmmaker to develop a pitch and trailer with them.

In brief

  • Banyak Films have a development fund and their first round is for a feature film on housing in Europe.
  • They want to work with a filmmaker to develop an idea, a treatment and taster material/pilot.
  • They have £5000 UKP to give to a filmmaker to do this.
  • The eventual films will be of international interest aimed at cinema and European TV.
  • Ideas to be sent to:
  • Find below the invitation to pitch ideas.

Banyak Films Feature Development Fund Brief – EUROPE (1)


Double success of Dreaming of Denmark: Amnesty International Award and the second prize at Giffoni International Film Festival

Big congratulations! Dreaming of Denmark (DOK.Incubator 2016) by Michael Graversen (director), Rebakka Jørgensen, Sofie Steenberger (editors) and Lise Saxtrup, Sofie Rørdam (producers)  has just won the Amnesty International Award at the 2016 Giffoni Film Festival for its portrayal of an illegal immigrant after being refused asylum in Denmark. Moreover, the film was given the 2nd prize in the main documentary competition at the same festival.


Co-founder of DOK.Incubator, Claas Danielsen appointed head of MDM fund in Germany

Claas Danielsen, the creative direction and managing director of DOK Leipzig for the past ten years (2004-14), and co-founder of DOK.Incubator has just become the Chief of the Mitteldeutschen Medienförderung MDM, key funding body for projects realised – or co-produced by companies based in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, Germany.

Claas Danielsenwas born in 1966 in the city of Hamburg and studied documentary film direction at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Since 1999 Claas has been actively involved in the shaping the current documentary industry in Europe, by establishing education programmes (“Discovery Campus” – today: Documentary Campus in 1999, DOK.Incubator in 2011), he was a board member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm (ag.dok) and of the European Documentary Network (EDN). Claas has served on many international festival juries and the selection committees of different German film and media funds and wored as the advisor to the European Film Academy.

Claas has been the DOK.Incubator´s Leading tutor since the programme was established in 2011. Together with DOK.Incubator director, Andrea Prenghyová, he was the author of the workshop’s concept and cooperated actively on the program of DOK.Incubator, scouting of the tutors, financing and organisation. In 2016, Claas has become the Leading Tutor of a long-term workshop for Central European filmmakers with projects in the shooting stage, organized by the DOK.Incuabtor team.

In the new role of a CEO of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung Claas will be responsible for the annual budget of 12.8 million euros to support German filmmakers and audiovisual industry itself.


Grand Prix of Docs Against Gravity goes to … Ukrainian Sheriffs!

Ukrainian Sheriffs /UA/ by Roman Bondarchuk and Darya Averchenko keep their  successful run along festivals. This time Sheriffs win the Grand Prix at Docs Against Gravity (Warsaw, Poland). 

Ukrainian Sheriffs (DOK.Incubator 2015) have already got Special Jury Award Feature Length Competition IDFA 2015, trevelled to Hot Docs 2016, Zagreb Dox, One World HRFF 2016, Sofia IFF 2016, Tempo Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki IDFF 2016, Bergamo Film Meeting, One World Romania, Sarasota International Film Festival, Millenium International Documentary Film Festival,  DOK Munich, Go East.


A Family Affair wins at Biografilm Festival!

After 4 extraordinary days and nights at Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives| International Celebration of Lives, the jury awarded A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert with the Best Film award in the International Competition.

Biografilm Festival (Bologna, Italia) it is the only international event entirely committed to promote and support biographies and life tales. The Festival brings the best selection of biopics, documentaries and short films produced every year on an international basis.


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