DOK.INCUBATOR CZ 2017
dok.incubator CZ is a long-term mentoring programme for Czech filmmakers that connects them with internationally established tutors and develops their documentary projects.
What to expect?
The whole creative team (producer, director and editor) attends an intensive four-day workshop to focus the topic of the film and sharpen the storytelling. Further individual consulations with the dok.incubator tutors in the months following the workshop are available upon request.
Unlike the international dok.incubator workshop, this mentoring programme for regional filmmakers accepts projects not only in the post-production stage, but also during the shooting period. We accept projects that have filmed at least 50% of their material.
CENTRAL BUS STATION /CZ/
Director: Tomáš Elšík Editor: Mariana Kozáková Producer: Jitka Kotrlová
Yonathan is a guide of one of the most pitiful places in the world – the Central Bus Station. It has become the centre of a ghetto housing refugees from over the world. In its endless maze of corridors, Yonathan reveals a foster home of culturally different inhabitants who became his new family. Everyday rush and the echoes of foreign languages create a contemporary Tower of Babel, through which Yonathan guides those who needs him. The visually experimental documentary shows the station as a character full of stories and people. Despite the diversity, the station is very consistent in its nature. And Yonathan as a guide allows the audience to be absorbed into the building.
Produced by: Frame films s.r.o.
EMPIRE BUILDERS /CZ/
Director: Andran Abramjan Editor: Michal Böhm Producer: Hana Šilarová
They say we live in post-factual times, where events are not driven by facts but by emotions. Recently, they relate to phenomena such as Islamic terrorism and mass immigration. Some see it as a symptom of the decline of our civilization and decide to stop it by entering politics. Through the quirky cameraman of a right-wing populist movement, we follow a docu-fiction story of how the worlds we worked so hard to build, struggle not to collapse under their own weight.
MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER /CZ, LV, SK, DE/
Director: Anna Kryvenko Editor: Daria Chernyak Producer: Michal Kráčmer
When in 1968 the armies of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia, not only the Czechoslovak citizens suffered, but also the occupiers. They were often called in the army at the last minute, and were not told the purpose of their mission. Almost 50 years after this unfortunate moment in European history, we are discovering the surprising humanity of the occupying soldiers, who tried to cope with the terrible aftermath, which they personally caused. Some committed suicide as a result of the guilt, even though, as executors of someone else’s will, they were indirect perpetrators. This movie isn’t about general justice or truth. Instead, the opposite is true, i.e.: no truth is definite. This is a story about how one becomes an ‘occupier’ without choosing to.
Produced by: Analog Vision
THE RUSSIAN JOB /CZ/
Director: Petr Horký Editor: Filip Veselý Producer: Martin Juza
“You can’t do this for money. Russia is something like a drug.” A handful of pros from the West set out on a difficult mission in the East. Can they succeed? Deep inside Russia, on the mighty Volga river, lies the largest factory in the country. It is the home of Lada, the legendary soviet car. On the outside, the plant is still standing, but in reality, it loses billions of roubles every year. In order to save it, the Russian government hires a Swedish supermanager and a handful of European industry experts to turn the situation around. They have a vision. They have an incredible drive to make changes. And there will be changes. Thousands will lose jobs. But it is the soviet mentality that will be the hardest nut to crack. What happens if you wake the Russian bear?
Produced by: Krutart
Gesa Marten /DE/
Gesa graduated from Cologne University in Dramatics, German literature and Philosophy. As a freelance film editor she has edited more than 60 films since 1991 – documentaries including ‘Lost in Liberia’ (2009), ‘Wo Stehst Du?’ (2011), ‘The Order of Things’ (2014) or ‘FEMMEfille’ (2015), as well as feature films including ‘Hannah’ (2006) or ‘Low-Lights’ (2009). She is very much committed to her work as a dramatic advisor, specialising in feature-length documentary film such as ‘Whiteblood’ (2010) or ‘Foreign / Fremd’ (2011). Her work has been nominated as Best Edit at the German Television awards (2000), Best Edit at the German Camera awards (2004, 2006) and Best Edit of a Documentary at the Filmplus Editing awards (2005, 2008, 2009, 2014). Gesa teaches at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg and is board member of the Institute of Artistic Research. She is a member of the European (EFA) and
the German Film Academy.
Pernille Bech Christensen /DK/
Pernille Bech Christensen graduated from the National Danish Film School in 1987 in Editing. She regularly teaches at the National Danish Film School and has been a guest teacher at the Norwegian Film School. She has been nominated and won several prizes, including the Danish Academy Award for editing in 2003 and the Television Editor of the Year Award in 2005. Pernille has edited all but one of Susanne Bier’s feature
films, including ‘After the Wedding’, nominated for an Oscar in the Foreign Language Category in 2007, and ‘In a Better World’ won both the acclaimed Golden Globe award and an Oscar in 2011. Pernille edited the feature-length documentary ‘The Monastery’, which won the main prize at IDFA. Over the years, her films have had 35 wins and 31 nominations at festivals worldwide. She is an international editing consultant in both documentary and feature film, as well as working as a script consultant in Denmark and Scandinavia. As an executive producer, she is currently developing a drama series at the national commercial broadcaster TV 2 Denmark.
Arash T. Riahi /AT/
Born in 1972 in Iran, Arash T. Riahi moved to Austria as the child of political refugees in 1982. Studying Film and the Arts at the University of Vienna, he then worked as a freelancer in the youth and art department of Austrian TV. In 1997, he founded the film and media production company Golden Girls Filmproduktion (www.goldengirls.at). His body of work, which has won more than 80 international awards, comprises various short and experimental films (‘Mississippi; ‘That Has Been Bothering Me The Whole Time’), commercials, music videos, and documentaries, including ‘The Souvenirs of Mr. X’, ‘Exile Family Movie’ or the cross-media project ‘Everyday Rebellion’ that he made with his
brother Arman. His first fiction film ‘For a Moment Freedom’ was Austria’s candidate for the Academy Awards in 2010. Since 2010, he is also working as a dramatic advisor for the MEDIA supported
script-development programmes SOURCES 2, Nipkow and Berlinale Talents. He teaches at the Vienna film school and the filmacademy, and has held lectures at the Scottish Documentary Institute, Goethe Institute Dublin, ZKM Karlsruhe, etc.