Doc Counseling: March 4-9, 2023

A service offered to attending filmmakers providing hands-on one-on-one consultancy sessions on topics such as: festival strategy, documentary funding, distribution, Media desk help, TV buys, social media and marketing.

This year’s Doc Counseling includes the following experts:


Adam Papliński | Founder and CEO, Pitch the Doc
Subject: Documentary funding, pitching new projects, film/pitching packages structuring, building the international visibility and recognition of film projects
Dates: 4/3, 5/3, 7/3


Jan Rofekamp | CEO, Films Transit
Subject: International documentary sales and market consultancy
Dates: 4/3, 7/3


Katarzyna Szarecka | Pitch the Doc
Subject: Documentary funding, pitching new projects, professional project package/presentation
Dates: 4/3, 5/3, 7/3


Cecilie Bolvinkel | Independent Consultant
Subject: Pitching, project presentation, international market
Dates: 5/3, 7,3


Zeynep Güzel | Filmmaker / Consultant, Head of Doc Station Berlinale Talents
Subject: Creative documentary development, pitching new projects, documentary funding & strategy, festival strategy, distribution
Dates: 5/3, 7/3, 8/3


Laurien ten Houten | Industry Relations & Talks Manager, IDFA
Subject: IDFA Industry, markets, festival strategy, distribution
Dates: 5/3


Nadja Tennstedt | Director of DOK Industry, DOK Leipzig
Subject: Markets and Festivals
Dates: 5/3


Iliana Zakopoulou | Promotion & International Cultural Events, Greek Film Center
Subject: Promotion of docs to the international festival circuit, strategic development planning
Dates: 5/3


Inka Achté | Head of Programming, DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival & Head of Acquisitions, Raina Films
Subject: Festival strategy, story development, pitching, distribution
Dates: 7/3, 8/3


Yorgos Angelopoulos | Director of Development & Production, Greek Film Centre
Subject: The Greek Film Centre support scheme for documentary writing, development and production
Dates: 7/3


Marco Gastine | Director and Producer, Minimal Films & Tutor, MFI DocLab
Subject: Artistic development (script, etc.) of documentary projects
Dates: 7/3, 8/3, 9/3


Nevena Milašinović | Sales and Acquisitions Executive, Lightdox
Subject: Festival strategy, distribution, TV sales, social media and audiences
Dates: 7/3, 8/3


Selin Murat | Markets Manager, IDFA
Subject: Markets, project development, financing, coproduction
Dates: 7/3


Svetla Turnin | Producer & Executive Director, Cinema Politica
Subject: Financing for socially engaged documentaries, sales, distribution, festival strategy, documentary ethics, project development
Dates: 7/3, 8/3


Biljana Tutorov | Filmmaker & Program Director, CIRCLE Women Doc Accelerator & Wake Up Films
Subject: Creative documentary development, pitching new projects
Dates: 7/3, 8/3


Stella Ntavara | Symposium Manager, CPH:LAB & INTER:ACTIVE & CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
Subject: Storytelling in immersive/interactive media and artist moving image, training program for emerging artists, festival presentation
Dates: 8/3


Alexios Tsakoniatis | Project Manager, Creative Europe-MEDIA Desk Greece
Subject: Funding opportunities of MEDIA strand (Creative Europe Program)
Dates: 8/3, 9/3


Alex Szalat | Ηead, Docs up Fund
Subject: Pitching new projects, creative documentary development
Dates: 7,8/3


Bonnie Williams | Pitch & Public Speaking Coach & Consultant, Speaking with Impact
Subject: Communicating with impact, optimizing your pitch, preparing for 1:1 meetings, representing your project/team/company with confidence
Dates: 8/3


Iva Dimitrova | Program Manager, Chicken & Egg Pictures
Subject: Documentary funding in the US, Chicken & Egg Pictures grants and programs, including new initiatives (The Chicken & Egg Pictures Research & Development Grant for advanced-career directors)
Dates: 9/3


Yiannis Donos | Original Content Manager & Head of Acquisitions, ANT1
Subject: Everything you need to know about producing content that’s appealing to an SVOD platform
Dates: 9/3


Mara Gourd-Mercado | Executive Director, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television - Québec section
Subject: Festival strategy, audience development and marketing.
Dates: 9/3


Anneta Papathanasiou | Film Director & President of the Greek Documentary Association
Subject: Giving information about the GDA and about the Athens festival Eyes Wide Open
Dates: 9/3


Rada Sesic | Head of the Documentary Competition Program, Sarajevo Film Festival
Subject: The SFF competition, Docu Rough Cut Boutique, festival strategy, working on narrative structure
Dates: 9/3


Ieva Ūbele | Creative Producer, Baltic Balkan Productions
Subject: Creative documentary development, documentary funding, pitching new projects, market & festival strategy
Dates: 9/03


Jasmina Vignjevic | Sales Agent, Syndicado Film Sales
Subject: Festival strategy
Dates: 9/3