international editing workshop for outstanding documentaries
For six months, the workshop inspires teams (producer, director, editor) of eight selected projects from all over the world. They work intensively in the editing room and build a clever, tailor-made distribution plan and marketing strategy.
deadline: January 2023
1ST session / rough cut / April
The first session aims to maximize the film’s potential. It is focused on intensive individual editing sessions and creating tailor-made distribution strategy.
It starts with screenings of the rough cuts, followed by discussions and in-depth analysis of the narrative structure and dramaturgy. The participants are assigned a supervising tutor and a ‘fresh eye’ consultant to work with on the editing to enhance their project's potential for international audiences.
The producers work on a distribution and festival strategy, searching for opportunities for their films within different territories, platforms or institutions.
The first session will take place in Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia between April 25-30.
2ND session / fine cut / June
The second session focuses on building marketing strategies and distribution plans for the international film market.
The almost finished films are “test screened” for an international audience: festival programmers, distributors and sales agents who provide the participants with feedback on the content and structure of the film, the release strategy and distribution. Editing sessions and individual meetings follow.
Marketing specialists teach how the documentaries can be promoted effectively using different strategies. The end of the workshop is dedicated to legal issues of distribution, providing the participants with a detailed overview of the European sales landscape.
The second session will take place in Olomouc, Czech Republic between June 19-25.
3RD session / picture lock / September
The third session is dedicated to preparation of the official presentation of participating projects within the industry at the dok.incubator preview.
Individual editing meetings help finalise the trailers, speech structuring and five-minutes scene selection. Pitching tutors individually train participants‘ presentation skills and introduction of the project.
The preview is composed as an exclusive event organised either on stage for invited decision makers or online. The preview is followed by a networking gathering and one-on-one meetings with invited industry guests.
All workshop projects are widely promoted throughout the following year.
The time and place of the third workshop will be announced in May.
How we work
More than 25 experienced tutors: producers, editors of award-winning films and creative PR and marketing experts will provide you with individual mentoring. Internationally recognised tutors aim to inspire the participants to find their own way of telling their stories – and how to get them to the audiences.
We believe in an individual approach and providing a tailor-made development plan for each project we work with. Our tutors work with the whole teams to help the participants with their projects. In our opinion each project is different and requires unique approach, knowledge and support.
The group of dedicated tutors and participants work very hard to step across the films’ and individual’s limits. It's an intensive period of hard work and creative energy.
How to apply
dok.incubator invites editors, directors and producers to a six–month long workshop, focused on filmmakers’ professional development and giving you access to top internationally-experienced tutors.
Information about the project:
Be aware that all three team members – director, editor and producer – must be available to participate in three one-week online/hybrid/residential sessions in April, June and September. You cannot apply without an editor. Please book your editor in advance: for an editing period between the 1st and 2nd workshop, and for another between the 2nd and 3rd workshops. Please note that all the participants must be able to work in English.
Fees & scholarship
The full fee is € 17,500 for the whole team for three workshops. However, we consider each project and its financial situation individually. To include projects with a limited budget, we offer discounts leading to individual rates in the range € 5,700 – € 17,500. The fee consists of tuition fee and accomodation and rental costs to be able to react flexibly to changes between residential and online sessions.
We aim to make our workshop accessible to great films regardless of the size of their budget, we realistically assess the production possibilities and the majority of our participating projects do not pay the full participation fee. In every year of its existence dok.incubator supported films in difficult financial situations, therefore we encourage applicants to apply for a scholarship. The selection committee decides about discounted fees and scholarships, all participants are informed about the exact amount of their fee before confirming their participation.
Around 30% of participants obtain a scholarship. When deciding, we consider the whole financial situation of the project, the likelihood of it receiving financing during the workshop, and the cost of workshop participation (including travel).