Projects 2013

DOK.Incubator Workshop 2013

+ special guest selected in collaboration with Independent Filmmaker Project

CHUCK NORRIS vs COMMUNISM /UK/
Produced by:
 Vernon Films LTD
Sales Contact: Passion Pictures

Premiere: SUNDANCE 2015
Festival appearances: Sundance 2015 (World Cinema Documentary Competition), Hot Docs 2015 (Screen on Screen section), CPH:DOX 2015,  Sarajevo IFF 2015,Best Documentary at LOFT FILM FESTEdinburgh International Film Festival 2015, One World IHRF 2016, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Award at Trieste Film Festiva 2016, Los Angeles Film FestivalGuanajuato International Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival 2015, Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries, Espoo Ciné International Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival 2015, Festival of Documentary Film 2016

Netflix Network 2016, POV 2015, theatrical run: Germany,

Video killed the red star.

Communist Romania 1985. Everything is off limits. The government dictates the news and the people are left in the dark. But a man with an enigmatic past discovers a way to pirate and distribute American VHS blockbusters. He is joined by a courageous young woman who dubs over 3000 of the films he smuggles into the country. Together they risk imprisonment to give the people a window into the free world. But will the regime stamp out the VHS operation or will the heroes jump from screen to reality?

Producer: Mara Adina       Director: Ilinca Calugareanu       Editor: Per K. Kirkegaard

MEN WITH BALLS /HU/

Produced by: Laokoon Film
Sales contact: Rise and Shine

Day of Premiere: November 21st, 2013 at IDFA (Competition for First Appearance)
Festivals: IDFA 2013, One World HRFF Prague 2014, BUDOKU 2014, Sarajevo Film Festival 2014, Zagreb Dox 2014, BIDF Budapest 2014, DIY Film Festival Moscow 2014, IFF Listapad Minsk 2014, Hungarian DFF in Los Angeles, Hungarian Film in San Francisco, Cleveland IFF, Millenium Brussel 2014, IDFA by Night 2014

A mayor in a tiny Roma village dreams of a normal life for his citizens. Will the EU funded tennis court and bio-gardening program do the trick?

Imagine a remote Roma village in Hungary, where 98 percent of the population is unemployed. Drinking water and public lighting were introduced 15 years ago. Now they have a tennis court and a bio-gardening project, funded by the EU. The mayor believes these can bring about much needed changes but the villagers have their doubts.

Producer: Judit Stalter       Director: Kristóf Kovács         Editor: Annamaria Batka

THE AGREEMENT (Workshop tittle: Cooper’s Challenge) /DK/

Produced by: Bullitt Film ApS
Sales contact: DR Sales

Day of Premiere: November 8th, 2013 at CPH:DOX (F:ACT Award Opening Film)
Festivals: CPH:DOX 2013, IFF Göteborg 2014 Tempo DF Stockholm 2014, One World HRFF Prague 2014, Hot Docs Toronto 2014, Am Docs Palm Spring 2014, IDFF Belgrade (Beldocs) 2014, Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival Yangon in Burma 2014, IDFF “Inconvenient Films” Vilnius 2014, Raindance Film Festival 2014

World history in the making!

World history is in the making when EU chief negotiator Robert Cooper has to settle an agreement on stable coexistence between Kosovo and Serbia. Stakes are high but in spite of the seriousness of the negotiations, they turn out to be surprisingly funny and carried out with style and charm by these three fantastic characters. It’s the last territorial conflict of Europe and it’s crucial for the EU to prove its ability to make peace in its own backyard. This is diplomacy behind the scenes.

Producer: Vibeke Vogel        Director: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen        Editor: Anders Villadsen

CARDIOPOLITIKA (Workshop tittle: Sukhanov) /RU/
Produced by: The Film Studion «NOVYI KURS»

Day of Premiere: June 25th, 2014 at Moscow International Film Festival in Russia
Festivals: IFF Moscow 2014, Award for the best documentary film in the national competition “Message to Man” Festival St. Petersburg 2014, Verzio IHRD Festival Budapest 2014, ART DOC FEST 2014, One World Film Festival 2015, nominated for NIKA award as the best national documentary film in 2016

password: cardioDOK

Opening the largest cardio-surgery center in the middle of nowhere has been the goal of professor Sukhanov’s life. The price of achieving it is collaboration with Russia’s ruling party.

Cardio surgeon, Sergey Sukhanov, has always despised politics. He believed the only things of significant value in this world were human life and health. In late 2011, Sukhanov got an unexpected offer from the Kremlin to head Vladimir Putin’s election headquarters. Realizing that the government is using him, Sukhanov accepts the offer, hoping in turn to use the protection of the authorities. Suddenly, the political activity captures the professor.

Associate Producer: Mariya Dadiomova    Director: Svetlana Strelnikova  Editor: Denis Bartenev

MY HOME (Workshop tittle: Pit-Hole) /CZ/
/origin. Jáma/

Produced by: nutprodukce

Day of Premiere: October, 2014 at the IDFF Jihlava
Festival appearances: Docudays Ukraine 2015 – Audience Award
goEast Wiesbaden 2015 – Honourable Mention, Award for the Best Documentary in the Central & Eastern European Competition – Astra FF, IDFF Jihlava 2014, Czech Republic, One World Prague 2015, Finále Plzeň 2015, Czech Republic, Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival 2015, Vukovar Film Festival 2015, Croatia
Der neue Heimatfilm 2015, Austria, Festival International du Film Nancy-Lorraine 2015, France

One woman, two husbands, four children, seven pigs and a herd of goats surviving on the last farm in the modern district of Kyiv, Ukraine.

Natasha Yurchenko used to live in a small village before developers decided to rebuild the area into a modern district with a lot of high-rise buildings. Her neighbors were expelled and Natasha’s family were the last ones who resisted,  now  being trapped between the skyscrapers. She wants to keep on fighting for her farm, her way of life, her belief – whatever it costs. But under such pressure conflicts have appeared in the family. Is the fight still worth fighting?

Producers: Pavla Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý       Director: Jiří Stejskal      Editor: Jakub Hejna

LIFE OF A BUTTERLFY /PL/

Produced by: ENDORFINA studio

Premiere: IDFA 2015
Festivals: Krakow Film Festival 2015, Parnu Film Festival 2016

When passion becomes an obsession, and love is overshadowed by ambition.

Marcin Rożalski, a veteran MMA fighter, slowly realizes that he needs to retire. His girlfriend, Marta, wants to help him break with his addiction to fighting and become a husband and a father to her six-year-old son. With one of them constantly escaping and another chasing, the two heroes seem to be in the contellation preventing intimacy. Can they ever meet? „Life of the Butterfly“ is a study of a battle between two extremes: on one hand the darkest sides of the masculine personality driven by ambition and aggression, on the other, feminine warmth, wisdom, and tenderness. Can they both win their games?

Producer: Marta Golba         Director: Piotr Bernaś            Editor: Marcin Latanik

OKWAN, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE /SK/

Produced by: Filmpark ProductionMandala Pictures

Premiere: Sundance
– Best Doc in Progress at Asian Side of the Doc 2013
Festivals: Febio Film Festival 2016, International Film Festival Trencianske Teplice 2016

Okhwan's Mission Impossible

One man, one bicycle, one dream, 10 years on bike through 192 countries.

Okhwan Yoon is a studied lawyer who wanted to change his life. He threw away his suit and tie and set up for an epic bicycle journey around the world. “When I close my eyes, I can see all different people in the world, I can feel them, I can touch them.” He set a goal to reunify his nation which technically still remains in the state of war. Reunification of South and North Korea would mean a meaningful life to him and a more peaceful world to us. Okhwan has been cycling for 10 years around the world, has overcame limitless obstacles and crossed a lot of borders. Now he is standing on the border of life and death. How far would you go for your burning desire?

Producer: Tomáš Kaminský         Director: Marek Mackovič         Editor: Michal Kondrla

16 YEARS TIL SUMMER /UK, IS/

Sales Contact: Taskovski Films
Produced by: Vintage Pictures and Loumclou Films

Premiere: Visions du Reel Nyon 2015
Festivals: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, DokFest Munich 2015, Cambridge Film Festival 2015, Flahertiana International Documentary Festival, Perm 2015, Budapest IDFF 2015

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Uisdean returns to his village in the highlands after 16 years in prison, but as past traumas resurface, it becomes a daily battle for him to rebuild his life.

After sixteen years in prison, Uisdean returns to his home at the edge of a Highland loch, to start his life again and look after his father. However, as 92 year old Calum recovers with the care of his son, both struggle to start over again and find a shared normality beyond the stigma of Uisdean’s murder conviction. To avoid trouble with the nearby village, Uisdean creates a small farm on an isolated hill, preferring the company of animals to people. But, after only a year of rebuilding his life as a ‘marked man’, Uisdean is rearrested for attempted murder after a villager is stabbed. Back in prison, he finds out he has been disinherited by his father and has lost the farm he has created. Then, from nowhere, a letter arrives from a woman he once met on a train. Audrey has all the tenacity and skills of an ex-journalist and takes on the battle to have him re-released into her care. What follows is a transformative love that may liberate Uisdean not only from prison, but from his past.

Producer: Lauren Fox & Hlin Johannesdottir   Director: Lou McLoughlan 

3rd Workshop Session Guests
IN COUNTRY /US/

Premiere: at Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, NC
Festivals: DOC NYC 2014,  Camden International Film Festival 2014, Hot Docs 2014, New Orleans Film Festival 2014, CPH:DOX 2014, Virginia Film Festival 2014, Annapolis Film Festival 2015

War is Hell. Why would anyone want to spend their weekends there?

In Country is an immersive feature documentary about a platoon of soldiers who are recreating the Vietnam War in the woods of Oregon. Weaving together vérité footage of the reenactments with flashbacks to the characters’ real lives and unseen archival footage from the Vietnam War, In Country blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, past and present to tell a story about the lives of soldiers and the act of remembering. The question at the center of IN COUNTRY is why? Why would these men – many of them combat veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, haunted by their own experiences on the frontline – try to recreate a war that so many Americans have tried to forget? IN COUNTRY is not just about the aftermath of the Vietnam War or the fantasies of grown men; it is a meditation on how the drums of war continue to draw men to battle devastating consequences.

Producer: Daniel Chalfen    Directors: Mike Attie, Meghan O’Hara    Editor: Lindsay Utz