dok.incubator – open programme 2020 ONLINE!

dok.incubator offers open programme for Czech and Slovak film professionals that connects them with internationally established tutors. The programme is held in English.

 Monday, September 28th

10:00 Festival Map of Europe and North America

With the critical approach, we give an overview of nowadays most important documentary festivals, their characteristics, how they can help your film and how they can be useful on the PR level and for the next distribution of the films.

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16:00 Festivals Backstage

Programmers of prestigious European and North American festivals give an insight into the selection of the films and how they decide on which film takes home the main prize. With Harry Vaughn (Sundance), Marie Erbs Ørbæk (CPH:DOX), Emilie Bujès (Visions du Réel), and more.

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Harry Vaughn / Sundance

Harry Vaughn is a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, specializing in US and World documentary features. At the festival, he is also program lead on a Talent Forum initiative that introduces world documentary filmmakers to American film industry representatives. In 2018, he was a consulting programmer for Sundance Institute’s Catalyst Forum and he began his career at the institute in 2011 as an intern and reader for the Feature Film Program, International. Aside from his work at Sundance, Harry is on the board of Dirty Looks, a platform for queer film, video and performance, and he is also a consulting programmer for Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. His previous work includes: senior programmer for Outfest Los Angeles, programmer and coordinator for NewFest in New York and Outfest Fusion. He holds a Master’s degree in Arts Journalism from the University of Southern California and is a Los Angeles native.

Marie Erbs Ørbæk / CPH:DOX

Together with her team Marie Erbs Ørbæk launched the new online media platform Everyday in 2015. Everyday is an interactive video platform and learning site created by CPH:DOX, focusing on ordinary people’s extraordinary stories and challenging users to create artistic videos and tell personal stories through the cameras they carry right in their pocket. Marie is in charge of education, workshops and partnerships as well as Everyday’s activities related to CPH:DOX. Marie has a background in literature, film and cultural studies and worked with collaborations between formal education and creative institutions, before joining CPH:DOX in 2014.

Emilie Bujès / Visions du Réel

Emilie Bujès is since 2017 the Artistic director of Visions du Réel, International Documentary Film Festival Nyon, and was previously a programmer at the festival since 2012. She is a program advisor for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and an expert for the Swiss fund visions sud est. She has previously been the deputy artistic director of La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival (2014–2016) and a member of the ‘Image/mouvement’ commission of the CNAP (French National Centre for Visual Arts). Before this, she was a curator at the Geneva Contemporary Art Center (2010–2014) and has contributed to the program of film festivals and art institutions such as the Forum Expanded–Berlinale, the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) Vilnius, the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, the Transmediale (Berlin), or the artist/curator-run space Forde (Geneva). She has been teaching at Geneva School of Art and Design and Bern University of the Arts, and received a Swiss Art Award for curators in 2014.

Marie Kloos / DOK Leipzig

Marie is a member of DOK Leipzig’s selection committee, specialising in international feature length films. For over 60 years, the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film has been showing films from around the world. It focuses on the values of peace, tolerance, human dignity and freedom of expression, along with a strong, individual artistic signature of the filmmakers. Marie has been organising and programming for film festivals and cinemas since 2014. Previous experiences include the Berlinale Forum, where she was a programme consultant, and the Marrakech International Film Festival, where she was the programming coordinator. She studied in Berlin, Paris and Montreal and holds an MA in philosophy.

 Tuesday, September 29th

14:30 Fishing in the Big Pond

Being in the catalog of one of the prestigious sales companies can get your film to the best festivals and secure its future. But how to reach it and work with the sales agents successfully? What are their conditions, what do they expect you to do for your film? In the hot chair, the producer Grant Keir is questioning three different sales agents about how they select films, how they deduct the money from revenues, what the filmmaker can negotiate for himself, and what they should be careful about in their contracts.

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 Wednesday, October 7th

14:00 Distribution in the COVID times

While Netflix and digital media were completely changing the distribution chain during the last years, the COVID 19 impact even accelerated the dissolution of the system. What is the role of current online festivals, what happened with theatrical distribution, and how the digital players deal with the current changes – the intro guidance into the jungle of nowadays distribution provided by Salma Abdalla (Autlook Filmsales). .

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Salma Abdalla / Autlook Filmsales

Salma Abdalla started to work as the international TV sales manager at Autlook in 2005. In 2010, she took over all operational matters and acquisitions as Autlook’s managing director, and propelled digital distribution for documentaries. Salma speaks on panels, gives lectures and workshops at major film festivals, with a focus on rights management and distribution. Based in Vienna and LA, Autlook Filmsales is one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and doc series. Recently representing such films as: ‘For Sama’ by Waad al­Kateab, Edward Watts, ‘Of Fathers and Sons’ by Talal Derki, ‘Midnight Family’ by Luke Lorentzen, ‘Over the Limit’ by Marta Prus and ‘The Art of Museums’ series