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dok.incubator 2020 goes online until August!

In spite of the situation is getting better every day, we are forced to CANCEL the June 22nd – 27th dok.incubator residential session. The conditions of travelling abroad are still uncertain in most of countries. However, dok.incubator is in full run online! We count with our next residential sessions in August (24. – 29., SK) and at the end of October (CZ).

Stay tuned for online updates!


late April – early May // Slovakia // ROUGH CUT

The first session aims to maximize the film’s potential. The workshop is focused on intensive individual editing sessions and creating tailor-made distribution strategy.

We start with screenings of the participants’ rough cuts, followed by a moderated discussion and in-depth analysis of the rhythm, character development, narrative structure and dramaturgy. Each participant is assigned a supervising tutor and chooses an additional ‘fresh eye’ consultant to work with on the editing, receives their feedback on the structure, dramaturgy and narration of the film and its potential for international audience.

Meanwhile, the producers of the participating projects work on a rough distribution and festival strategy, searching for specific opportunities for their films within specific territories, platforms or institutions. They prepare a proper time schedule, based on current situation of the film and receive feedback on their financing plans, attending case studies on crowd-funding and other independent financing possibilities, using their social networks.

In between two workshops the participants are supposed to work intensively. They should:

  • achieve a near ‘final cut’ stage
  • prepare a distribution and festival strategy which will be discussed at the next session
  • have an idea about the first release of the film and its marketing, incl. its financial plan

Workshops 2020

Frequently Asked Questions: here you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about applying for our programme.

About workshop

dok.incubator is an international documentary rough cut workshop for editors, directors and producers. The workshop provides 6 months of individual tutoring by world class editors, producers, marketing experts and distributors.

  • A forum of 25 internationally-active professionals who work on dramaturgy, distribution strategy and marketing throughout the whole postproduction phase of your film (end of April – September)
  • An inspiration for your storytelling gained from a group of tutors and participants from Europe and other countries around the world
  • A deep knowledge of the current film market and sophisticated knowledge of how to build a tailor-made distribution strategy
  • New tools to target and attract wider audience, internationally

Workshop Programme:

Eight creative teams (producer + director + editor) of feature-length documentary projects are selected. The teams are invited to three intensive week-long workshops, however they work continuously, under the supervision of their mentors for the whole 6 months.

1st Session: April/May – Slovakia

Each project gets feedback on the dramaturgy of the rough cut from the whole group of participants and tutors. The projects are selected by the editing mentors to work together on the film’s storytelling, the topic, and character building throughout whole the course. The participating producers discuss the film’s distribution potential and develop the first draft of the international strategy. The whole team participates in the audience targeting.

2nd Session: June – Czech Republic

Editing mentors work with the participants during the summer to finalize the narrative structure of the films. At the 2nd session, a test screening occurs and decision makers give filmmakers feedback from the distribution point of view. Internationally established sales agents, festival representatives and broadcasters help the participants with designing detailed distribution strategies, films’ positioning and specific marketing materials (stills, poster, texts, trailers).

3rd Session:  September (Nordisk Panorama) – Sweden

The participants introduce their projects to key European broadcasters, sales agents, and festival selectors at an exclusive presentation of upcoming films: the dok.incubator preview at Nordisk Panorama. After 4 days of trailer editing and individual pitching training, the informal pitching takes place and the participants have the opportunity to meet individually with the invited guests to gain presales, sales and festival offers for the film and to build an own network of contacts in the business. After the presentation, they share the offers and the next steps to take with their distribution tutors.

Please, note the TIMELINE of your editing work:

  • Between the 1st and the 2nd workshop (end of April – June), please, book your editor’s time for 4 – 6 weeks (Two weeks before each workshop we ask you to upload the new version of your cut for our tutors to watch.)
  • Between the 2nd and 3rd workshop (July – early September) you’re finishing the cut, editing the trailer and preparing the distribution/marketing package
  • All three members of the team (producer – director – editor) attend the complete week-long programme of the 3 workshops

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.

Hledáme koordinátora/ku, který/á nám pomůže s přechodem do nové databáze Eventival!

Popis pracovní pozice:

– projektový management, nastavení harmonogramu, naplánování jednotlivých fází přechodu
– komunikace s týmem o průběhu, spolupráce s jeho členy na dílčích potřebách databáze
– komunikace s konzultanty dílčích technických řešení
– pomoc s dokončením konsolidace a migrace dat, supervize brigádníků, kteří budou čistit
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– analýza a nastavení systému tagů dle potřeb organizace
– tvorba základních přihlašovacích formulářů pro účastníky workshopů
– tvorba HTML základních šablon massmailingu
– uživatelská podpora a školení uživatelů

Co požadujeme:

– znalost databází, zkušenost s jejich managementem
– znalost Eventivalu výhodou, není podmínkou (máme konzultanta)
– dobrou znalost angličtiny (databáze Eventival je v anglickém jazyce)
– znalost základů HTML
– analytické, logické myšlení ("selský rozum")
– samostatnost, pečlivost, systematičnost, koncepční práce
– zkušenost s podobnými projekty vítána


– smysluplnou práci pro unikátní mezinárodní filmovou komunitu
– plný úvazek do dubna 2019, s možností další spolupráce do budoucna
– motivující zaměstnání v komorním týmu v příjemném prostředí v centru Prahy
– osobní růst, profesní rozvoj a mezinárodní kontakty  
Zájemci mohou zaslat svůj strukturovaný životopis s referenčními kontakty a motivační
dopis (max. 1/2 strany A4) na . Vybraným uchazečům se

6 dok.incubator films at One World Film Festival

V zajetí / A Woman Captured 

Premiered at IDFA in 2017 and competed in World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance 2018

06 March: 18:00, Lucerna – Velký Sál
Followed by a discussion with director Bernadett Tuza-Ritter 
07 March: 19:45, Evald
17 March: 13:00 Městská Knihovna – Velký Sál


Za hranicemi možností / Over the Limit

Premiered at IDFA in 2017 

9th March: 22:15, Atlas – Velký Sál
11th March: 18:00, Svetozor – Velký Sál
Followed by a discussion with director Marta Prus
13th March: 15:00, Evald


Ženy Zlatého úsvitu / Golden Dawn Girls

Premiered at IDFA 2017

7th March: 15:00, Evald
8th March: 19:45, Atlas – Velký Sál
Followed by a discussion with producer Christian Falch
11th March: 18:00, Atlas – Malý Sál


Budovatelé říše / Empire Builders 

World premiere at One World 2018

10th March: 18:00, Světozor – Velký Sál
13th March: 17:30, Evald
14th March, 20:00, Malý Sál


Švéd v žigulíku / The Russian Job

Premiered at IDFA 2017

9th March: 20:30, Světozor – Velký Sál
10th March: 13:30, Lucerna – Velký Sál
12th March: 18:00, Atlas – Malý Sál



Selected for the 2017 European Film Award

7th March: 20:00, Městská Knihovna – Malý Sál
Followed by a discussion with director Balázs Simonyi, producer Lázslo Józsa, and protagonist Béla Szabó 
8th March: 20:30, Bio OKO
10th March: 14:00, Atlas – Malý Sál

A Woman Captured flying to SUNDANCE in 2018

We are overjoyed to announce that after having spread its wings at IDFA in November 2017, Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s unsettling film A Woman Captured is taking flight once more and will land at Sundance in 2018.

Bernadett’s first feature length traces the unbelievable story of Marish, a European woman who has been working as a slave in a Hungarian home for ten years. Starved, beaten, and exhausted, Marish’s determination to reclaim her life remains steadfast and, drawing courage from Bernadett’s presence, she steels herself to escape.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life and definitely the most professional workshop I’ve ever been to. I’m sure [A Woman Captured] wouldn’t be as successful without the help of dok.incubator.” – Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, director

“Everything was great. Nice, professional, smooth and useful. We felt privileged to be part of this top league.” – Viki Réka Kiss, producer

A Woman Captured will be the first ever Hungarian feature length documentary to compete at the prestigious Sundance World Documentary Competition, which selects a mere 12 films from around the world every year. We would like to wish our Hungarian participants from our 2017 workshop the very best of luck!

dok.incubator hledá koordinátora/ koordinátorku programu

Mezinárodní filmový workshop, který podporuje celovečerní dokumentární filmy ve fázi hrubého střihu, hledá koordinátora programu. Na workshopu po dobu šesti měsíců a tří setkání pracuje osm mezinárodních tvůrčích týmů na svých filmech společně se špičkovými evropskými střihači, producenty, marketingovými experty a distributory.

Hledáme osobnost, která ráda komunikuje, má přehled o dokumentárním filmu, organizační schopnosti, zkušenost s filmem či praxi s pořádáním kulturních/vzdělávacích akcí. Nástup na počátku prosince či dle dohody. Více o nás a workshopu na

Náplň práce

  • podíl na tvorbě programu a organizaci workshopu, výběru lektorů i účastníků
  • vyhledávání projektů, komunikace s filmaři na mezinárodních festivalech
  • dohled nad plány jednotlivých filmů, koordinace jejich individuálních konzultací
  • komunikace s českými i zahraničními partnery workshopu
  • celoroční PR, sociální média, reprezentace a propagace workshopu
  • připrava výukových a propagačních materiálů (katalogy, metodické formuláře)
  • spolupráce s grafiky nad vizuální komunikací workshopu (letáky atd.)
  • psaní grantů a fundraising
  • evaluace projektu a podíl na tvorbě jeho dlouhodobé strategie


  • vztah k dokumentárnímu filmu
  • zkušenost s filmovým prostředím či organizací festivalů, kulturních či vzdělávacích akcí
  • dobré komunikační schopnosti
  • velmi dobrou znalost angličtiny slovem i písmem
  • schopnost řídit, plánovat, přemýšlet o strategii
  • samostatnost, zodpovědnost, důslednost
  • znalost mezinárodního filmového prostředí vítána
  • řidičský průkaz vítán


  • profesní rozvoj a osobní růst – nové zkušenosti z práce v mezinárodním prostředí
  • motivující zaměstnání v komorním týmu v příjemném prostředí v centru Prahy s velmi dobrým zázemím
  • cestování a mezinárodní kontakty
  • smysluplnou dlouhodobou práci na ŽL v rozsahu plného úvazku

Zájemci mohou zaslat do 30. listopadu svůj strukturovaný životopis s fotografií referenčními kontakty a motivační dopis (max. 1/2 strany) na adresu . Vybraní uchazeči budou pozváni k osobním pohovorům.

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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The space for rent:
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