Rough Cut Boutique 2014

After its three successful editions, we are glad to announce the upcoming 4th edition of DOCU Rough Cut Boutique (DOCU RCB), our promising training program, co-organized in collaboration with Sarajevo Film Festival.
Docu Rough Cut Boutique 2014 will take place from 18-22 August 2014.
Deadline to apply is 30th June 2014. You can get the application form here.
The idea behind the Sarajevo Film Festival/Balkan Documentary Center’s Docu Rough Cut Boutique is to offer 5 chosen projects from the region tailor-made coaching, expert advice and access to decision-makers who can have crucial influence on moving forward the projects in their final stage. During intensive group sessions and well prepared individual ones, the selected teams and mentors are focused on working on the quality of the material in the rough cut stage. This is why our esteemed mentors come from different backgrounds within documentary scene – they are directors, producers, broadcasters and documentary consultants from Europe and the USA.
5 projects, 6 group sessions, 20 individual one-to-one meetings, 5 plus 2 mentors and 4 awards.
From this edition of the Docu Rough Cut Boutique on, we offer also to all projects one- year mentoring by 3 Skype sessions plus 1 personal meeting at a convenient film festival/market within 12 months after the workshop.
The Docu Rough Cut Boutique’s programme runs for 4 days in 6 group and 20 one-to-one sessions. Each session is by a new tutor, coming from either film directing, producing, commissioning or festival programming background while the two moderating tutors are with the participants for the whole duration of the workshop. The second part of the 6th session is reserved for a master-class on film marketing, promotional strategic planning, incl. questions on festival scheduling, TV sales/offers, approaching and working with a distributor/sales agent/broadcaster and many others.

Expert mentors for Docu Rough Cut Boutique 2014:

ANNE BARLIANT (USA) worked on award-winning films including The Linguists (2008), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Emmy award, Fernando Nation (2010), which was part of ESPN’s Peabody winning 30 for 30 series, and Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus (2013) which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, won international accolades and is now showing on HBO. Anne has just finished Robert Redford’s Chicagoland.

IVO TRAJKOV (Macedonia/ Check Republic) is a director, scriptwriter and film editor, who worked in a wide range of genres: comedy, docu-drama, experimental films, and historical drama. As a producer, Ivo Trajkov has been involved in more than 60 episodes of the critically acclaimed documentary series Unexplained Deaths (2001-2007). His films won numerous awards. His film The Great Water (2004), a big international co-production, is the official Macedonian entry for the OSCAR in the foreign language category. Ivo is also professor at the FAMU in Prague and a mentor at various documentary workshops around the world.

PAUL PAUWELS (Belgium) is Director of European Documentary Network. Paul has 30 years experience in the world of audiovisual production as unit manager, production manager and producer.  During the larger part of his career he has combined production and teaching/tutoring. He worked in feature film production until 1987, when he founded his own production unit: Periscope Productions. In 2005 Paul Pauwels left Periscope Productions NV to become Programme Manager at the Flemish Public Broadcaster VRT/CANVAS. There he was in charge of the science and history department, and responsible for the relations with the independent producers and directors. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the director of the “European television and media management academy” in Strasbourg, France. From March 2012 until May 2013 he was managing director and later (from September 2012 onward) manager/owner/producer of the production company Congoo bvba. In May 2013 he accepted the invitation to become the director of the European Documentary Network.

LEONARD RETEL HELMRICH (The Netherlands) is a cinematographer and director, known for award-winning films such as Shape of the Moon (2004), Position Among the Stars (2010), which was opening film at IDFA 2010 and won the IDFA VPRO and IDVA Best Dutch Film awards, and The Eye of the Day (2001). Leonard is famous for his “single-shot” camera approach.

HANKA KASTELICOVA (Czech Republic) the Executive Producer of Documentaries for HBO Europe, has been a passionate advocate for high-quality and uncompromising documentaries for more than 25 years – both as director/producer and as commissioning editor.

PHIL COX (UK) became internationally acclaimed with his feature Bengali Detective, which played at Berlinale and Sundance and won the Grierson Award. Phil is a master of stories which root and reality and develop into narratives with a strong cinematic presence. We are pleased to share also that the latest film by Phil Cox – Love Hotel – will play at Sarajevo Film Festival.

CATHERINE LE CLEF (France) is a sales-agent expert at Cat&Docs, a Paris-based company which focuses solely on the worldwide theatrical and video distribution of high-profile international feature-length documentaries, defined by rigor, respect, curiosity, diversity and innovation. We are extremely happy to also introduce a new award, kindly given by Catherine le Clef for the best internationally promising project among Docu RCB selected films.

Selected projects:


Director: Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

Producer: Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

Production company: 4ProofFilm



Director: Lucija Stojevic

Producer: Lucija Stojevic

Production company: Noon Films

Austria, Spain, France, USA


Director: Zrinka Matijevi? Veli?an

Producer: Nenad Puhovski

Production company: Factum



Director: Vladimir Todorovic

Producer: Adriana Ferranese

Production company: Ceresa Films

Serbia, France


Director: Mila Turajlic

Producer: Mila Turajlic

Production company: Dribbling Pictures


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