DOK Leipzig 2015/ 4/DOK.Incubator

Let’s leave our bikes here, Latvian producer Uldis Cekulis said when he, Ukranian directors Roman Bondarchuk and Darya Averchenko met me last night at the Museum, the Festival Centre of DOK Leipzig. They had been doing their presentation at the Kabarett Leipziger Pfeffermühle in the morning followed by meetings in the afternoon and they were happy and relaxed, of course much more so as their film ”Ukranian Sheriffs” has been selected for IDFA, main feature duration competition. Photo: Bondarchuk at the editing table.

The DOK.Incubator workshop does not only provide bikes for their participants, it has in no time developed into a very valuable tool for filmmakers with films at a rough-cut stage. Andrea Prenghyova, with whom I had the pleasure to work for years for another precious workshop, Ex Oriente, is a powerhouse, who has analysed what is needed at this critical point just before you lock the picture and go into postproduction of your film. She, Prenghyova, has gathered good people around her as tutors, producers like Sigrid Dyekjær from Denmark and editors like French Yael Bitton and Menno Boerema, not to forget the former DOK Leipzig festival director Claas Danielsen.

If you click below you will be able to watch trailers from the films developed

during the workshop 2015. I am looking forward to watch the Italian/American ”Thy Father’s Chair”, the ”Amazona” by Clare Weiskopf, who I met during the DocsBarcelona, a very promising film project.

Prenghyova and her team can be proud of what they are doing, and they are, just read this quote from the news on the website:

Not only three of the eight 2015 projects, but also three films from the previous editions of DOK.Incubator are meeting in November at IDFA. In four years’ history of DOK.Incubator, 12 out of the total 32 films have competed in Amsterdam.

The 28th edition of the Festival will open with A Family Affair, the personal struggle of the director Tom Fassaert (NL) with the femme-fatale of his family: the grandmother Marianne. The film will compete in both Dutch and feature-length competition. In the main category, the filmmakers will meet two colleagues from DOK.Incubator 2015: Ukrainian Sheriffs /LV, UA, DE/, following a pair of local heroes, Victor and Volodya, appointed to keep the Order and Law in Ukraine, where even the police is not available right now, and Thy Father’s Chair /IT/ which tells the story of two Orthodox twins who have stopped throwing away anything since the death of their parents. Now, their upstairs tenant threatens them to stop paying the rent unless they get rid of all the accumulated stuff.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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