Four East Europen projects convinced DOK.Incubator's international selection committee consisting of festival representatives, editors, dramaturges and sales agents by quality of filming approach, interesting topics and potential for distribution. Among the selected projects are high budget projects of well-known production companies as well as first debuts:
The Hungarian documentary 300 Tons of Gold is a deeply disturbing chronicle of the 15 years of desperate fight for survival of a small village Rosia Montana in the mountains of Romania, Transylvania. A Canadian-Romanian company wants to open Europe’s largest open-pit gold mine here.
A Bulgarian crew has been following with a slowly floating camera Captain Jack and his men looking for a legendary treasure – their project called The Last Black Sea Pirates is swimming in alcohol fumes, testosterone, and rugged tenderness.
The Georgian project Machine That Makes Everything Disappear tells stories of youngsters coming to a casting for a hero. They all have different motivation: some are interested in becoming part of a film, some want to be like Jean-Claude Van Damme, the others are ready to share their sentimental stories.
The Slovak documentary Felvidek. The Land Behind deals with „the Hungarian issue“ in Czechoslovakia after the World War II and an imaginary chess game between Slovaks and Hungarians in times when there is no place for black and white vision.
And two other documentaries are broaching East European topics – the German project Defending Karadzic tells the story of Marko who finds himself defending one of the men most responsible for the breakup of Yugoslavia – the notorious Radovan Karadzic, and the Danish documentary Egor's Entrance shows uneasy lives of kids from the east sent to western Europe to reach a successful career.
Apart from training for participants, DOK.Incubator offers eight observer seats for emerging TV professionals, representatives of film institutions, local sales agents and other professionals involved in documentary film. This year are coming representatives of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and starting Slovak distribution company Kinečko or creative producer from Czech Television.
DOK.Incubator is a new training initiative providing support to European documentaries in a rough cut stage. It is open to teams /producer, director and film editor/ working on a strong and creative documentary with promising international potential. DOK.Incubator aims to inspire them with fresh ways of thinking about international film release, distribution, sophisticated marketing and active work with audience. As lecturers we invite renowned European producers, editors, sales agents and new media experts such as producer Sigrid Dyekjær from Danish Documentary, Stefan Kloos (Rise and Shine) and Esther van Messel (First Hand Films).
One of the projects will receive the workshop award: Video post-production services in value of 1,500 euro for greatest progress in the film development during the workshop, by Avion Film&Sound.
You can find more info at www.dokincubator.net.