dok.incubator preview at IDFA: celebrating 10 years and 8 outstanding docs of 2021

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of dok.incubator, a decade in which the film workshop worked with 159 documentaries and led many of them to awards at the world's top festivals. The latest 8 films developed in 2021 are now ready to be presented at the annual dok.incubator preview which will take place on Sunday, November 21 during IDFA, Amsterdam.

    The films selected for the 2021 edition of dok.incubator deal with different themes, show various ways of storytelling and very different countries which the filmmakers come from, including Venezuela, Nordic countries, Spain or Eastern Europe. There is a story of a single mother, searching justice and safety for her kids (film Too Close), a personal documentary of an activist fighting for animal rights (film We Are Animals) or the life journey of a political prisoner and his family (film My Father’s Prison). That makes this year’s films a perfect representation of the diversity of both, documentaries, and today’s world.

    The preview showcase takes place on Sunday, November 21 at 5 PM CET at the Netherlands Film Academy Amsterdam (by invitation only). All eight films presented at dok.incubator preview are ready to premiere soon and start their festival lives. Thanks to the success of previous dok.incubator films, the expectations are very high. Over the past 10 years the workshop has helped 12 films to get into Sundance competitions, 30 films were screened at IDFA and 5 were nominated for the European Film Award. "The workshop participants go from working on the cut to thinking through the complex journey of the film, which they've never done before. They're not only looking at the story, but also at the audience, marketing, and distribution. They go so much further, and when the film is finished, it can successfully make its way through the system," adds Andrea Prenghyová, the workshop founder and director.

    That is also the case of three dok.incubator films which premiered in 2021 and were selected in this year’s IDFA festival sections. Don’t miss screenings of How to Kill a Cloud (awarded at Locarno festival), Reconciliation (awarded at CPH:DOX) and Intensive Live Unit (awarded at Karlovy Vary IFF).

    Selected films for dok.incubator 2021 edition can be found here.