dok.elevator 2018

Let your project rise to the international scene!

dok.elevator is a workshop for selected Nordic producers and directors, already well established at national level, who aim to introduce their projects to the international scene. The workshop focuses on international markets, pitching forums, film distribution, festival work, PR and marketing. Experienced tutors from the film industry (producers, sales agents, PR specialists) inform the participants about the current situation in European distribution and the festival landscape, and provide tailor-made consultations with a concrete focus on their individual projects, solving production issues, preparing PR materials and elaborating distribution and festival strategies. The program will guide the participants through the backstage of the festival, pitching forum and market, showing them how to use these instruments. The program also facilitates meetings with producers, sales and festival representatives showing participants how they can use this platform.


The dok.elevator workshop takes place in Ystad Studios and Malmö during Nordisk Panorama, September 21-25.


dok.elevator participants 2018

Frida Barkfors /SE/
Company: De Andra Film AB
Frida Barkfors studied at the National Film School of Denmark 2005-2009. Produced and directed Pervert Park together with husband Lasse Barkfors. It had its international premiere at Sundance in 2015 where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Impact, and is the first in a trilogy about social stigma. The second film, Death of a Child, premiered at Göteborg Film Festival in 2017. She is currently shooting the last film in the trilogy, with the working title School Shooters. She is also developing her first fiction feature, Where the Waves Take Us, together with Lasse Barkfors.

Caroline Drab /SE/
Company: De Andra Film AB
Caroline Drab is a producer from Malmö Sweden, who works with both fiction and documentary projects. Caroline co-produced the Norwegian short Min Søster which is nominated for the Best Short Amanda Prize (2017). Previously, Caroline produced the short films We Were Three (2018) premiering at Tribeca, Mr. Sugar Daddy (2016) and Beneath the Spaceship (2015) which notably both premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. She holds a Bachelors degree from University of Florida, and a Masters degree in Film & Media Producing from Lund University.

Olle Toftenow /SE/
Company: Tally-ho AB
Olle Toftenow. Producer / creator. Co-founder of the production company Tally-ho which is dedicated to documentary storytelling. Having mainly worked with reality-tv (Klippans karaoke cup, Madame Deemas underbara resa), we are currently developing our first feature-length documentary film.



Isabella Karhu /FI/
Company: Danish Bear Productions Oy
Isabella Karhu is an award-winning filmmaker who was born in ’88. She has studied filmmaking at the Institute of Design and Fine Arts in Lahti from where she graduated in 2014. She is also an active member of the Finnish Documentary Guild and she’s currently the vice-chair in the Guild’s Board. In 2015 she co-established her own production company Danish Bear Productions together with her colleague Juho-Pekka Tanskanen. Danish Bear Productions is always looking for cutting-edge film projects which to produce with an outside-the-box attitude. We are passionate about cinema.

Mika Rantonen /FI/
Company: New Eyes Productions Oy
I am originally from Finland but reside at the moment in Munich. I am making my first documentary film, working title The Law Of Nature, with my co-director Verena Netzer. The film is currently in the post production. I have worked previously as an editor for ads and online content and founded two small production companies. In my spare time I try to finish my Screenwriter’s M.A. in Aalto ARTS (Helsinki).


Verena Netzer /DE/
Company: New Eyes Productions Oy
I live currently in Germany, Munich. I am making my first documentary film, working title The Law Of Nature, with my co-director Mika Rantonen. I have previously worked as a set designer and social worker.



Mali Finborud /NO/
Company: LadyBird Film AS
Mali Finborud has studied documentary filmmaking at the University of Volda. Since 1999 she has been working mostly as a director at documentary series and single documentaries at Skofteland Film AS, f.ex. Memento Mori, 2008, NRK and Songs From The Street, NRK 2010 (won the publicum prize at The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival 2010, and nominated for best director at Gullruten 2011), and Mother´s Dream which premiered at Kosmorama International Film Festival in March 2016. She founded LadyBird Film AS in 2016 and has produced a serie of short documentaries The Legacy, 2018, NRK. 

dok.elevator tutors 2018

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.