1st Workshop Session 2012

July 9th – 14th 2012, Telč /CZ/ – ROUGH CUT

Participants: 8 producers + 8 directors – for the whole workshop
+ 8 editors (obligatory for first four days – then voluntarily)
+ 10 observers

Most effort is put into good analysis of the rough cut, artistic advise and feedback from professionals experienced at international market, which maximize the film potential for distribution, as well as creative input and inspiration of participants. On production side, which is minor part of this workshop session, it is very important to accurately define the project needs, make proper timing based on its real situation and anticipate rough marketing and distribution strategy.

The first workshop consists of two parts – practical editing session with a presence of  directors and editors of films, and production part, which they can attend voluntarily. We start with day-and-a-half of screening of the participants´ rough cuts followed by a moderated discussion and in-depth analysis of the rhythm, character development, narrative way and dramaturgical structure. Various length versions of the film will be an important question as well. At the discussion there will be sale agents, script doctors and experienced producers with know-how of the international market. This intensive beginning is followed by fruitful consultations with high-profile and experienced tutors – a half day is dedicated to individual meetings with script doctors in editing rooms, another half day to meetings with different professionals with high experience with the international distribution. Their contribution and feedback should be focused mainly on the content of the film and potential for an international audience. Practical production part consists of theoretical lessons, case studies, group work and individual consultation covering following issues:

  • timing and planning final phase of postproduction and film release
  • international documentary distribution
  • professional budget of the international marketing of the project
  • festivals and influence of decision making process and film selection from the inside
  • creating festival strategy, role of festival distribution for the market
  •  international marketing of a documentary film and potential target groups
  • alternative ways of documentary distribution

Theoretical lessons, individual meetings as well as the case studies should give participants good basis to create a realistic and specific plan at least for next 6 months, sufficient budget for that and rough idea about the proper way of marketing film and distribution. In between two workshops we expect participant work intensely. We expect them to:

  • finish the final cut
  • start to search for a sales agent
  • have realistic marketing budget and an idea how to cover it
  • prepare their own festival strategy
  • have focused and specific marketing and distribution strategy
  • have an idea about first release of the film and its marketing


Confirmed lecturers

Camille Cotte /FR/
Apprenticeship as a trainee-editor from 1980 on french photographer’s documentaries, Raymond Depardon (Reporters, Numéro Zéro, Faits Divers, Empty Quarter, La Captive du Desert, Délits Flagrants). In parallel, I was an assistant for a few years on 35mm feature films with differents editors and directors (among others : Benoît Jacquot, Peter Brook, Sarah Moon, Éric Barbier, Georges Wilson, Jean Luc Léon…) Incindataly, I stayed one year and a half in New York (1987) working with Robert Franck (Candy Mountain) and Robert Altman (The dumb waiter & the room). At last, as a Supervising Editor, sound and picture, with A. Despleschin, S. Martin, J. Doillon, , M. Vernoux, E. Carrere, J. Bonnell, M. Houellebecq, Karin Albou, Ilya Khrzhanovsky… Teaching film editing at Paris 8 university, ESAV and occasionnaly at La FEMIS.

Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
sigridSigrid Dyekjær has worked as a producer on both feature films and documentary films since 2000. She was the producer of ”The Monastery”, winner of the JorisIvens Award at IDFA in 2006, and nominated for a European Film Award and several other Awards. Sigrid Dyekjær is one of the most experienced producers in Denmark both when it comes to national documentary films, but also international documentary films in financing, producing and creative consulting on films. In her spare time she teaches at the National Film School of Denmark, as well as doing master classes and lectures at film schools around the world and courses in documentary filmmaking like “Bridging the Gab”, and pitch sessions around the world. She is educated in dramaturgy from the University in Århus, and has been a part owner of the production company Tju –Bang Film before she became part owner of Danish Documentary Production.

Ivo Trajkov /MK/
Director, Screenwriter, Producer and Lecturer
He was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia in 1965. Graduated on a film academy FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic (1986 – 1992) where he works as professor and a head of department of editing. His filmography is consists of the following films: Wingless, Movie, The Great Water, The Past and others.


Susanne Guggenberger /CH/
Producer, Head of Film Market, Sales Manager – Mira Film GmbH
Since fall 2007 she has worked as a sales manager (TV) for AUTLOOK Filmsales (Vienna/Austria). From 2005 – 2007 producer for Navigator Film (Vienna/ Austria), focus on development and marketing , 2002 – 2005 various positions in multimedia projects , 1998 – 2004 various positions in documentary films, studies of communications and history. Born 1970 in Lienz, Austria. Documentary projects include “Time to Go” (2006), “Stift Klosterneuburg” (2006), “Hanno und das Haus” (2004), “Hedy Lamarr” (2003), “Kosova Transit” (2001). Multimedia projects: ziel2wien.at (2002-2005), literaturtv.at (2003), lehrlingsweb.at (2003).

Stefan Kloos /DE/
Executive Producer – Kloos & Co. Medien/CEO Rise and Shine
After 6 years at leading youth and music TV producer MME, an Adolf Grimme TV-Award for ARD-series POP 2000 and a 2-year-interval in multimedia, he founded Kloos & Co. Medien in 2002 and has since produced creative documentaries with international TV broadcasters and for the cinema. Recent productions include Czech-German documentary Breathless (ZDF/WDR/ARTE, theatrically released), Berlin Today Award finalist The Day We Danced On The Moon (premiere at Berlinale 2011), cross-media project Planet Galata and Of Sharks and Fish. The Other Chelsea won the Max Ophüls Preis and First Steps Award 2011 and was nominated for the Germise and Shine World Sales and has since been successfully involved in international distribution of selected award-winning documentaries.

Tomáš Hrivnák /CZ/
Brand Management & Brand Strategy – Idealisti
Tomáš is a “brand therapist”, co-owner of the brand consultancy Idealisti. In the last 15 years he worked in advertising and marketing where he held a number of creative and managerial positions – from copywriter and executive creative director of MARK/BBDO to the director of strategic planning at Euro RSCG New Europe in Prague. Tomas ran his own consultancy since 2001 where he advised his clients on brand management, qualitative and quantitative research and business coaching. Today, he is doing much the same within Idealisti.

Gesa Marten /DE/
As a freelance film editor Gesa Marten has since 1991 edited more than 60 films – feature films including “Fräulein Stinnes travels the world” (2008) or “LowLights” (2009) as well as documentaries including “pereSTROIKA” (2009), “Ausfahrt Eden” (2010) or “Wo stehst du?” (2011). She is very much committed to her work as a dramaturgic consultant specialising in feature-length documentary film (such as “Bruder Schwester” and “Hoffenheim” (2010), “Whiteblood” and “Fremd – Foreign” (2011). At the moment she is editing the documentary “The Order of Things” (Filmtank Hamburg). Her work was nominated in 2000, 2004, 2006 as Best Edit at the German Television Award for “Abnehmen in Essen” and at the German Camera Award for “Krokodile”, “Im Augenblick” and “Geschwister Vogelbach” respectively. In 2005, she received one of Germany’s most prestigious editing awards the Film+ Bild-Kunst Schnitt prize for her documentary “Was lebst du?”. In 2008, she was again nominated for this award for the documentary “Lost in Liberia” and in 2009, she won this award a second time for “pereSTROIKA – reCONSTRUCTION of a flat”. Gesa Marten has taught at various film schools since 1996 (KHM Köln, HFF Potsdam, UdK Berlin, ZeLIG Bozen, BFM Tallinn etc.). She is a member of the European Film Academy. Photo by: Thekla Ehling

Claas Danielsen /DE/
Filmmaker & Director of International Film Festival DOK Leipzig
After working as a journalist and getting practical training in film production companies he studied documentary directing at the Munich Film Academy. He made seven documentaries of which several did an extensive festival tour, won international awards and were sold to European broadcasters. In 2000 he became Head of Studies of Discovery Campus, an internationally highly respected training initiative for documentary professionals and up-and-coming talents who want to enter the international non-fiction market. In April 2004 Claas Danielsen was appointed Artistic and Managing Director of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, the biggest German and one of the leading documentary festivals worldwide, which he has developed into an important meeting place of the international non-fiction industry. Claas Danielsen was board member of the German documentary filmmakers’ association a.g.dok and the European Documentary Network EDN for several years. He is a member of and an advisor to the European Film Academy and has served on many international festival juries and the selection committees of different German film and media funds.

Wolfgang Widerhofer /AT/
Editor and Scriptwriter, NGF
Wolfgang has been working as editor, scriptwriter, producer and dramaturgical advisor for cinema and Tv documentaries and fiction films since 1994. He has lectured Film and Montage at the Masterclass in Amsterdam at the University of Art in Linz and others. He is associate of NGF-Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH. In 2008 he got Grimme Prize for the editing/script of OUR DAILY BREAD, in 2011 Diagonale-Prize for the best Documentary-Montage for the Film ABENDLAND and in 2012 Prize for the best Fiction Film Montage/Diagonale for the Film MICHAEL.
Latest cinema productions:
2011            Editing/Producer: MICHAEL (dir: Markus Schleinzer)
2010            Editing and Script: ABENDLAND (dir: Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
2009            Dramaturg: THE ROBBER (dir: Benjamin Heisenberg)
2008            Editing and Script: 7915KM (doc. 95 min, dir: Nikolaus Geyrhalter)
2005            Editing and Script: OUR DAILY BREAD(doc., 92 min., dir: Nikolas Geyrhalter)

Tomáš Mrkvička /CZ/
Strategic Planner
Communication strategist and creative thinker with experience with all kind of brands and budgets from the biggest to the smallest. Specializing in finding answers to difficult questions.
Specialties: Strategic planning, consulting, research and insights, creativity, brand building, pitching

Miroslav Janek /CZ/
Director & Lecturer
Born 1954 in Nachod, Czech Republic where he wrote, directed and produced nearly forty short films. He also worked as a film editor for the Czechoslovakian Television before immigrating to the United States in 1979. Settling down in Minneapolis, he began working as a freelance film editor and cameraman. In 1981 he began teaching filmmaking at Film in the Cities in St. Paul, MN. During his six years in Minneapolis he also produced and directed a number of independent films sponsored primarily by the local foundations. In 1986 he moved to New York City where he continued his freelance work until 1994.The next two years he spent in Treviso, Italy, collaborating with American director Godfrey Reggio on developing a multimedia project Fabrica. Since 1993 he has shot and directed many documentaries for Czech Television. Currently he resides in Prague. Since 1998 he has been teaching at the documentary department of FAMU (Film Academy in Prague).

Esther van Messel /CH/
CEO First Hand Films
Born 1965 in Vienna, lives in Switzerland and holds a Bachelor’s degree in film & television production and in history from the University of Tel Aviv. In 1990, she joined Warner Bros. Israel and became Head of Distribution. From 1992 she produced international feature films and documentaries as Head of Co-Production and Sales for an independent production company in Zurich. In 1998, Esther van Messel founded her own company First Hand Films in Zurich and Berlin for world sales of documentaries and fiction films. First Hand Films acts as executive producer for selected projects. Esther van Messel has been working as a lecturer and consultant for various organisations like EAVE Brussels, IDFA Forum Amsterdam, Cinemart Rotterdam, Eurodoc Paris, Avea Johannesburg, Eureka Warsaw and Tallinn, Another Finland, TV Media Business School Barcelona, Discovery Campus Munich, FÁS Screen Training Ireland, the Filmacademy Ludwigsburg, the Erich Pommer Institut and the Austrian Parliament, a.o. She was an appointed member of the Selection Committee for the Austrian Film Institute and served on several juries like Golden Link EBU and Nordisk Filmpanorama. Since 1999 she co-owns Vertical Strategy Ltd. in Leipzig together with Björn Koll from Edition Salzgeber Berlin. Esther van Messel is fluent in English, German, French, Dutch, Hebrew, and not yet in Danish. Since 1992 and 1995 she is raising a daughter and a son. She rides a Hornet 900.

Wolfgang Gumpelmaier /AT/
Wolfgang was born in 1978 and lives in Austria. During his media studies at Vienna University he worked as a film critic and journalist. He is a passionate web user and always on the hunt for the latest trends in Social Media, social film marketing, online film distribution, crowd-funding, community building etc. He aggregates his knowledge in his Social Film Marketing blog, on gumpelmaier.net, Facebook and Twitter. Wolfgang is also team member of ikosom and a regular speaker at a variety of workshops and film festivals. He is currently working on different projects throughout Europe.


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