BDC Discoveries 2012

BDC Discoveries 2012 training programme gather the teams working on 7 Balkan documentary projects that stand out and 7 international observers to give an updated outlook on the international documentary market. The seven observers we are inviting are decision-makers with a focus on the Balkans – representatives of local broadcasters, businesses, NGOs and civil society organizations, active in the region.

Guided by the tutors, participants and observers work during the workshop, exploring the documentary-making process and getting to know each other’s way of working, needs and possibilities. Thus the goal of the BDC Discoveries 2012 is to bring together both the “funders” and the “creators” in order to explore together alternative ways of funding and collaboration.

The selected projects are:

“Iraq, and back again” – Aleksandar Ljubojevic (Cyprus)

“They call them Jazz” – Marineta Mak Kritikou and Yiota Skouvara (Greece)

“A Classroom Story” – Anna Stoeva and David Djambazov (Bulgaria)

Hearth | Homeland / Vat?r | Atdheu – Pamela Cohn and Jeton Jagxhiu (Kosovo/Albania)

“Valya the translator / Valja prevodilac” – Iva Brdar and Jovana Papovic (Serbia)

“Dogumentary” – Ilina Perianova and Alexander Manuiloff (Bulgaria)

“They” – Nebojsa Ilijevski (Macedonia)

BDC Discoveries 2012 takes place in 3 modules:

Module Sofia – 23-28 April 2012 – with focus on project development and international marketing strategies session.

Module Skopje – 15-19 June 2012 – interim session with focus on budgeting and inspiration, hosted by our partner MakeDox Creative Documentary Film Festival. The participants will have individual meetings with film experts, as well as group sessions with renowned film makers and producers. Each evening screenings of high-profile documentaries will be attended.

Module Prizren – 12-15 July 2012 – following our successful partnership, the 3rd package presentation session will be held again at DokuFest – Prizren, Kosovo.  The Best BDC Discovery Award (cash prize) will be given to one of the projects. BDC New Comer Award will also be announced.

In addition, two of the projects will be invited for a pitch at the DOK Leipzig Co-production Meeting in October 2012, jointly selected by DOK Leipzig Co-production Meeting and the Balkan Documentary Center.

Furthermore, the projects developed at BDC in 2010 and 2011 at pre-production stage receive the chance to get nominated for Sheffield MeetMarket 2012 as well as BIPS at Sunny Side of the Docs 2012.

It is our mission BDC Discoveries 2012 ideally to become eligible and up to the Europe-wise recognized educational standards in the field of documentary training.

BDC Discoveries 2012 sustains a strong presence at major regional and international documentary cinema events, among which: East Doc Platform / One World FF, Prague 2012, HOTDOCS 2012, Sunny Side of the Doc 2012, Beldocs International, Belgrade 2012, Documentarist, Istanbul 2012, MakeDox Creative Documentary Film Festival, Skopje 2012, Sarajevo Film Festival 2012, Dokufest, Prizren 2012, FreeZone Film Festival, Belgrade 2012, DokLeipzig 2012, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012, IDFA, Amsterdam 2012.

We have gathered an international team of tutors with experience in all aspects of documentary-making. Each of the tutors will have group and individual sessions with the projects working on their content, outlooks and strategy, as well as separate sessions with the observers discussing opportunities for business and collaboration with the documentary sector, social and artistic campaigns as a promotional tool, Q&A’s and case studies, general framework and success stories of collaborating with documentary on a new partnership level.

The tutors for BDC Discoveries 2012 are:

Rada ?e?ic

Rada ?e?i? is a filmmaker, critic, lecturer and curator. Born in Bjelovar (Croatia), lived in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), now lives in the Netherlands. Rada collaborates on the programme of two biggest film festivals in The Netherlands: IFF Rotterdam and IDFA in Amsterdam and is on a selection of IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fundsince its beginning. She is also one of commission members for the Hubert Bals Fund, and head of the Documentary Competition Programme of Sarajevo IFF.

Rada is one of tutors of EDN at several international workshop-pitching sessions in Europe and Asia. Served at several juries at the film festivals around the world, including the Joris Ivens Jury at IDFA, Moscow, Krakow, Bombay, Toronto Hot Docs. Since last year is program advisor of DOK-Leipzig for South-East European and South Asian cinema. In the Netherlands Rada directed four films: Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2001),  In Whitest Solitude (2001), The Way to School (2007). Her films were awarded at international festivals, screened and bought by MoMa New York.

Paul Pauwels

Current director of ETMA (European Television and Media Management Academy), Paul Pauwels has over 30 years of experience in the world of audiovisual production. During his active time as a producer, Paul Pauwels also pursued a career as tutor and expert advisor for organizations like Documentary Campus (Germany), European Documentary Network (Denmark), Greenhouse (Israel), and Documentary in Europe (Italy). Paul Pauwels has also been at the other end of the stick, as programme manager at the Flemish Public Broadcaster VRT/CANVAS, chairman of the European Documentary Network for the maximum period of time allowed by the by-laws, and pitching moderator all over Europe, including the renowned Forum in Amsterdam. Today, Paul is a member of the General Assembly of the Flemish Film Fund (VAF) for whom he also acts as an expert reader for documentary projects.

Martichka Bozhilova

Martichka Bozhilova has been producer of AGITPROP since 1999. Her films include the internationally awarded Georgi and the Butterflies (Silver Wolf Award, IDFA 2004), The Mosquito Problem and other stories (World Premiere: Cannes 2007; Grierson Award, London Film Festival 2007; Grand Prize, Sunny Side of the Doc 2008), Corridor #8 (World Premiere: Berlinale 2008 – FORUM, Ecumenical Jury Award; HOTDOCS 2008 – HBO Documentary Film Emerging Artist Award), as well as See You at the Eiffel Tower which premiered at IDFA 2008 – Reflecting Images Panorama. She is one of the producers of the first privately funded BG omnibus film 15, commissioned by Economedia publishing house. The short fiction film Omelette produced within 15 won Honorable Mention at Sundance 2009. She is also producer of the first original Bulgarian productions for HBO, Concrete Pharaohs and Paradise Hotel. In 2006 Martichka Bozhilova received the International Trailblazer Award, launched by Robert Redford and Sundance Channel at MIPDOC in Cannes for creativity, innovation, originality and breakthrough in the field of documentary cinema. Lecturer at various European workshops and events in the field of documentary cinema.

Tue Steen M?ller

Worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board – as press secretary, head of distribution and information, and as a commissioning editor. Articles for national and international newspapers and magazines. Co-founder of the Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, and Documentary of the EU. Has participated in numerous European short and documentary festivals, often to be seated as a jury member. Has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries. In 2004 awarded the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to Danish and European documentary culture. In 2005 awarded a prize at the DOCLisboa for his contribution to the international development and promotion of Portuguese documentaries. From its start in 1996 until 2005, director of EDN (European Documentary Network). Received the EDN Life Achievement Award 2005. From 2006 free lance consultant and teacher at films schools in Danish and European documentary matters. Teacher at the EU MEDIA Programme workshops Ex Oriente and Discovery Campus, consultant for ERT (Greek Television), programme consultant for the festivals ”Magnificent7” in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona and DOKLeipzig.

Melody Gilbert
Melody Gilbert is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and edcucator, whose work is noteworthy for featur- ing a rare intimacy with her subjects as she unearths previously hidden worlds. She works mostly solo, querying her subjects from behind the camera, giving voice to ordinary people with extraordinary stories. She has the uncanny ability to get people to open up and reveal their innermost thoughts, whether it’s the family of a child who can’t feel pain, a couple who gets married at the world’s largest shopping mall, a former vice president of the United States or a phys- ically healthy person who desperately wants to become an amputee. She has directed, shot, produced, filmed (and sometimes edited) five independent feature-length documentaries since 2002: Married at the Mall (2002) Whole (2003) A Life Without Pain (2005) Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness (2007) Fritz: The Walter Mondale Story (2008) The Documentary Channel calls her “one of the most fearless film- makers in contemporary documentary cinema.”

Simone Baumann

Simone Baumann was born in 1963 in Zschopau/Saxony. She graduated from Rostov-upon-Don State University (Russia), where she studied philosophy from 1982 till 1987. After graduating she has been lecturing at the philosophy department of Humboldt University and working as a researcher at the Hegel Institute in Berlin, Germany. At the early ‘90s she started as a production assistant at the domestic politics department of MDR in Dresden, Germany. In the following years she has been a managing director and producer fro Pro7 Network and LE Vision. Since 2003, Simone is board member of AG DOK – the German Association of documentary producers. Since 2005 she is a representative of Eastern Europe for German Films. Since 2009 Simone is head of the German managing committee of the Friends of the German-Russian Film Academy. Last year she started working as an executive producer at Saxonia Entertainment GmbH, Germany.

Stefano Strocchi

Stefano Strocchi is an Italian documentary producer and director. His first documentary film as author/director titled OVERBOOKED was produced in 2007 by Stefilm in co-production with ITVS International (USA), and premiered in 2008 on PBS World. Stefano Strocchi has been the producer for multiple documentaries, and has worked with such channels as Discovery Channel Europe, ZDF/ARTE, WideAngle/PBS and National Geographic Channel. In 2007 he founds his own production company MOVE Productions, with which he has developed several documentary projects, including Almost Married by Turkish-Italian director team Fatma Bucak and Sergio Fergnachino, and the interactive web project From Zero, an online platform webcasting daily episodes from the mountainous Italian region of Abruzzo, which focuses on its recovery from the huge earthquake it suffered six months ago, which so far has been followed by over 22,000 people.

Boris Miti?

Born in 1977 in Leskovac, southern Serbia. Lived on a few continents, graduated in mass communication, settled back in Belgrade, fought a war, worked for 5 years for top-level international media, understood some things and dedicated the rest of his life to his family, football and creative documentaries. His three films were shown at 150+ festivals around the world, received 18 awards and were broadcast on 25 international TV channels. Writes satirical columns for Playboy and DOX magazine and lectures at film schools in Europe, China, the US and the Middle East. Started a new 5-year doc project about Nothing. His filmography includes:  PRETTY DYANA (2003), UNMIK TITANIK (2004), GOODBYE, HOW ARE YOU? (2009).

The decision-making observers, who will follow the workshop, give feedback and be part of the pitching committee in the third closing module of BDC Discoveries are:

Ljiljana Preradovic, RTRS, Bosnia and Herzegovina

She works for the Radio Television of the Republic Srpska, one of the public broadcast corporations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her career started as a presenter and editor of the Youth Department in one of the most popular Youth talk shows called „Youth Forum“. At the same time she was working in a Youth organization for cultural and music exchange called «Youth Partnership Programme. » In 2007, she created a new talk show “Second Level”, dealing with various issues from social life (human rights of children, old and poor people, people with special needs etc.) All this period she had worked like Head of Youth Department on RTRS’s, making and producing the TV documentary Serial called Za. Druga. Today, she take over the oldest TV show in Informative program “Banjalucka panorama” and became new host and news editor. Her goal is to modernize TV production and approach to journalism in this area and she succeeds that through many projects at Radio Television of Republic Srpska. In last 7 years she has been working as a journalist, programme maker, editor, presenter, author of various project, educator for Youth and she is know as someone who want to set up higher standards in exploring journalism to contribute the struggle against social discrimination, social iniquity and fight against bribe and corruption.

Hanka Kastelicova, RTV Slovenia

Hanka Kastelicov? was born in Prague, Czech republic. She graduated from the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) at the Documentary film department. Since 1985, she has been working at RTV Slovenia, she is an established TV author, director and producer of documentaries. Currently she works as Head of documentary development and commissioning editor. She regularly gives lectures on documentary filmmaking in the Educational center of RTV SLO since 2002. In 2010, she was a member of the editorial board for documentaries at the Slovenian film fund, and she was a shopsteward at the Public TV conference Input in 2011.

Keti Kochkova, PR Manager of MakeDox Film Festival, Macedonia

My formal education is BA in Management and MA in Marketing, PR and Advertising. I completed my studies at the University of Sheffield. After my studies I worked as PR and Marketing for 2 years. The work in marketing and PR did not stopped there. In 2010 I become part of MakeDox – Creative documentary film festival in Macedonia. I started working as PR and still hold that position. However, since we are growing and this year will have our 3 edition, I am actively involved in the organization and decision making processes. I am part of Petra Pan Film Production, as well, working as production coordinator. During the past few years, I have been working on our 3 creative documentary films – ‘My world is upside down’ in post production stage; ‘Mama Europa’ in post production and ‘Circus Diary’ in development stage.

Galina Shtarbeva, NOVA TV, Bulgaria

Born in: 02.07.1978, Sofia, Bulgaria
Education and specializations:
1997 – 2002 „Finance”, University for national and world economy; 2000 – 2002 „Economical journalism”, University for national and world economy; 2006 Visitors program in Journalism funded by the State Department of USA; 2011 Directing and Producing Certificate at London Film Academy Work experience: From 1999 works as journalist and news presenter at the National Bulgarian Nova television. Author and director of numerous news packages, investigations and documentaries for Nova Television. From 2007 starts producing documentaries not only for Bulgarian but also for European audience, developed in different Media programs, through Izograph production company. From 2011 is chief producer of “The subject of Nova” – 20 min. Documentary slot every Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 pm on Nova Television.

Irena Taskovski, Taskovski Films, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Founder and Creative Director of Taskovski Films. Has produced several short films and documentaries, including multiple award winners Village B, dir. Filip Remunda (Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary in 2002) and Czech Dream dir.s Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda (Best Czech Documentary 2004 Jihlava IDFF, FIRPESCI prize at IFF Ljubljana 2004, Best Documentary San Francisco Film Fest Denmark 2004). Originally from Bosnia, Irena studied in Prague, graduating from the Film Academy (FAMU). She has also studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem and obtained a Masters degree from the National Film & Television School in London, UK. In autumn 2007 Irena founded the Film Institute in Banjaluka and intiated the Banjaluka International Film Festival – BLIFF 2008, acting as its artistic director. Has been a jury member at the Festroja Inernational Film Festival Portugal 2005, the Trieste Film Festival 2008, the Krakow International Film Festival 2008, and ZagrebDox 2009. A lecturer at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU), and tutor at the Prague Institute of Documentary Film, as expert on international film sales and distribution, with the focus on European creative documentary cinema. She has also lectured professionals about Marketing and Promotional strategies and distribution for many festivals, including Krakow International Film Festival, Connecting Cottbus Germany, Baltic event Tallin Estonia, Sunny Side of the Docs, etc.

Bilyana Baleva, Culture Desk Foundation, Bulgaria

Managing director of Culture Desk Foundation, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The main project of the foundation is the online platform Let’s play culture(.com) that aims to develop the cultural management in Bulgaria. It provides information for cultural funds and programs, open calls for artists, selection of good practices, advises on fundraising and project management. Bilyana started her career in Soros Center for the Arts, where she was three years a Project manager of the Library and Information Center for Arts and Humanities, and one year of the Translation project, OSI- Budapest. For six years she has worked in various print and online media – Magazine One (, Dnevnik Newspaper, Intro, and HiComm magazines. Part of the teams of Sofia Dance Week in 2008 and Sofia Design Week in 2009.

Andrean Nechev, Culture Desk Foundation, Bulgaria

Creative director of Culture Desk Foundation, Sofia and partner at Poststudio – studio for graphic design. He graduated in FH Dusseldorf, Germany as a graphic designer. He is author of the book – Visual Cut Bulgaria – research on contemporary Bulgarian communication design. He was invited as one of the curators of Sofia Design Week in 2009 and 2010. He is author of the visual identity of many cultural events in Bulgaria – Nights of Museums and Galleries, Plovdiv 2010 and 2011, Sofia Architecture Week 2009 and 2010, Sofia Design Week 2009 and 2012, Water Tower Art Fest 2010, Beglika Art Fest 2010 and 2011, and many others.