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dok.incubator workshop 2021


dok.incubator is an 8-month-long workshop for high-quality documentary films in the rough cut stage, projects with the ambition to target a wide European audience and US distribution.








April 12 - December 9, 2021


UniverzitnĂ­ 225, 779 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic

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Application deadline

January 27, 2021

It is based on individual tutoring of the whole creative teams (director, editor, producer) which under the supervision of experienced editors, producers, sales agents, PR and marketing experts conclude the strongest possible dramaturgy of the final cut and learn how to build a clever distribution and marketing strategy.

The workshop aims to support high-quality documentaries to break into the international market and meet a worldwide audience.

In 2021 our special focus has been on helping the projects succeed in the international market taking place mostly online, orientate themselves within the global competition, and plan clever distribution strategies. We focused on preparing an interactive and creative marketing strategy to reach the international audience and not to get lost without a festival theatre live premiere.

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Workshop Structure


Screenings and dramaturgical analysis of the participation projects, intensive editing sessions focused on the international potential of rough cuts. Teams work on positioning their film on the market - develop unique selling points, define keywords, target the audience and prepare first drafts of films' marketing strategies;


First test screenings in the presence of global industry decision-makers, who give feedback on the narrative structure, release strategy, and the sale potential of the films. The participants design a detailed distribution plan and finalize marketing outcomes;


An exclusive presentation of the films in the frame of an exclusive event held for the first time online, followed by individual meetings with key European and US broadcasters, sales, festival selectors, and distributors. Discussing the future steps of the projects, their sales and festival possibilities, and concrete offers.

Parallel to the international program dok.incubator involving 37 film professionals we have organized similar regional workshops for 18 Czech And 14 Slovak filmmakers with the aim to spread know-how to less advanced professionals mainly from the low production capacity countries.

We also organized seminars for 45 film school students from 4 countries and 16 professionals at open sessions.

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Company data

dok.incubator is a think-tank founded in 2012 by experienced training providers to help documentary filmmaking survive the current media crisis. We strongly believe only the productions with high quality development, which can take advantage of new opportunities and master new market strategies will strive to succeed. The NGO is based in Prague and is aiming to strengthen the creative documentary industry with events and workshops bringing new impulses and top-class know-how including the use of the new media and internet platforms to the international community of filmmakers.

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