3rd Workshop Session 2012

October 29th – November 1st 2012, DOK Leipzig /DE/ – FINAL PACKAGE

Participants: 8 producers – for the whole workshop
+ 8 directors + 8 editors – obligatory

The third session serves for the start of good international promotion of films at prestigious European event and provides a wide networking of participants with international market –key decision makers, festival selectors, commissioning editors, sale agents and distributors in order to help with international release and distribution of participating films. 

This session starts with plenary session to upgrade news about projects fast.  Rest of the day is dedicated to individual meetings with key workshop lectures, where participants have opportunity for last consultation with experts.

Next day is based on a presentation of the films to wide audience of key international industry players present at the festival, who will get personal invitation for the event long before. Event takes place in the cinema and each of participants get  short presentation of the film and showing excerpt of the film, and with the moderated discussion with present professionals as well as with audience after. This presentation is followed by industry meetings partly planned on request from the side of guests in the frame of DOK Leipzig co production market.

The last day of the workshop we would like our participants to summarize their results and plans and also give us their feedback on the workshop.  Although workshop is at the end, this is not our last touch with them. Through our contacts and networks we would like to help all the participants to release film internationally and also get in touch with sales agents.

A practical part consists of group work and individual consultation covering following issues:

  • Finalizing of promotional materials targeted to workshop films
  • Presentation skills and way of introduction of the project
  • Wide promotion of workshop projects
  • Networking of participants with key industry players
  • Summarizing and evaluation of planned steps on bases of the first market feedback


Confirmed lecturers

Sigrid Dyekjær /DK/
Producer – Danish Documentary
Sigrid 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.

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.

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.


Sean Farnel /CA/
Sean Farnel is currently an unrestricted free agent, specializing in documentary, having recently departed his post as Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, market and conference. Sean was recruited to this newly created position in November 2005, following six years as a staff programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. At Hot Docs, Sean was responsible for managing all Festival programming, including film curation and the Industry conference. He also created the popular Doc Soup screening series, as well as the Dog Mogul Award, and managed the Shaw Hot Docs Fund. Sean is a graduate of Cinema Studies from one of Canada’s most respected film schools, Concordia University. Upon graduation he received the Motion Picture Foundation of Canada Award for Most Outstanding Achievement. His occasionally writes on his blog RippingReality.com.

Simone Baumann
Born in 1963 in Zschopau/Saxony. Graduated from Rostov-upon-Don State University (Russia), where she studied philosophy 1982-87. Employment History: since 2009 head of the German managing committee of the Friends of the German-Russian Film Academy, since 2005 Eastern Europe Representative for German Films, since 2003 Board member of MFFV Central German Producers Association, 2000 Participant Independent Producers Program EAVE , 2000 Enlargement of LE Vision to include Moscow office. 1997 – present Managing director, partner, and Producer for LE Vision. 1995/96 Producer, Focus TV (Pro7 network), Munich. 1992 – 95 production assistant, domestic politics department, MDR, Dresden. 1991 – 92 researcher, Hegel Institute, Berlin, Dep. for Russian Hegel reception. 1987 – 91 lecturer, Humboldt University Berlin, philosophy dep.