Rough Cut Boutique 2015

Docu Rough Cut Boutique celebrates its 5th ANNIVERSARY

With 20 projects behind us already and success ratio of 90 % finished projects, which in the last year only won more than 25 awards at leading international festivals, the idea behind the Sarajevo Film Festival/Balkan Documentary Center’s DOCU Rough Cut Boutique proved to be very efficient and sustainable.

To 5 chosen projects from the region, we offer tailor-made coaching, expert advice and access to decision-makers who can have crucial influence on moving the projects in their final stage forward. Within friendly and closed environment, during intensive group sessions and well prepared individual ones, the selected teams and mentors are focused on in- depth 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, distributors and documentary consultants.

We are proud to announce the 5 selected projects for Docu RCB 2015:


Director: Taylan Mintas

Producer: Erol Mintas

Production company: Mintas Film



Director: Alexandru Belc

Producer: Tudor Giurgiu

Production company: Libra Film Productions

Co-producer: PINK Productions, HBO Europe

Romania, Czech Republic


Director: Atanas Georgiev, Ilija Cvetkovski

Producer: Atanas Georgiev

Production company: Trice Films



Director: Sinisa Vidovic

Producer: Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger

Production company: Golden Girls Filmproduktion & Filmservices GmbH



Director: Toma Chagelishvili

Producer: Toma Chagelishvili, Carsten B?hnke

Production company: T-Studia

Co-producer: Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH

Georgia, Germany

The selected participants will have the special privilege to work with film/story editors and film professionals who have wide experience in documentary film, have won a number of awards as well as gained tremendous attention on side of the audience. They will have long and elaborate sessions with each of projects’ teams.

We are happy to introduce to you our special story editors for Docu RCB 2015!

Thomas Ernst (Hungary) is a freelance film editor and author. His work covers a wide range of genres. Through joining each project at a very early stage he co-creates the workflow and concept of the production together with the director and DOP – from the development of the story to the screening of the finished film. At the Budapest Film Academy he also heads the faculty “Film Editing”. HBO Europe documentaries like “Invisible Strings”, “Overdose” and “Stream Of Love” are on his long credit list. The film “Drifter” won the “First Appearance Award” at IDFA 2014. For the editing of the film “The Queen of Silence” he was awarded with the German Kamerapreis for Best Editing 2015.

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.

Next to our two special story editors Tom Ersnt and Ivo Trajkov, we are excited to announce the rest of the amazing mentors that will meet our Docu RCB participants this year!

We are proud to welcome for a third time renowned sales-agent Catherine Le Clef from the French company CAT&Docs, which focuses on the worldwide all media rights distribution of high-profile international feature-length documentaries, TV hours and series, defined by rigor, respect, curiosity, diversity and innovation. Docs that keep us from closing our eyes. Some recent titles from the catalogue of the company: Citizenfour, Of Men and War, Tea Time, The Shelter, My Love don’t cross that River, The Circus Dynasty, Twilight of Life, 5 Broken Cameras, Planet of Snail, Last Train Home, just to name a few. We are very glad Catherine Le Clef kindly gives an award for the best internationally promising project among Docu RCB selected films.

Hanka Kastelicová, 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. Based in the Budapest office, and working closely with HBO Europe’s production centers in Warsaw, Prague and Bucharest, she oversees all aspects of HBO Europe’s documentary output. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the Faculty of Film and TV Documentary Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She came to HBO Europe from Slovenian public broadcaster RTV SLO, where she directed and produced many documentaries; she is an experienced and dedicated documentary film-maker.

We are happy to also welcome Irena Taskovski (UK, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina). Originally from Bosnia, Irena studied at Prague Film Academy (FAMU) and at the Sam Spiegel Film Scool in Jerusalem and obtained a Master degree from National Film & TV School, London. Irena is founder & CEO of Taskovski Films Ltd., London & Berlin based world sales and production company for independent documentary and fiction films. Since 2013 Irena has been working as external consultant / expert on marketing, sales and festivals for many film institutions. Taskovski films welcomes innovative, playful and risky forms of filmmaking capable of engaging and surprising audiences around the globe.

Last but not least, we are thrilled to welcome Kirsten Johnson (USA). Kirsten Johnson is a cinematographer and director. Her most recent camerawork appears in Oscar-winning “Citizen Four”, “Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity”, “The Wound and the Gift” and “Very Semi-Serious”. Her credits include Academy Award-nominated, “The Invisible War” and Tribeca Documentary winner, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”. She and Laura Poitras shared the 2010 Sundance Cinematography Award for “The Oath”.  Her shooting is featured in “Farenheit 9/11”, Academy Award-nominated “Asylum”, Emmy-winning “Ladies First”, and Sundance premieres: “A Place at the Table”, “This Film is Not Yet Rated”, and “Derrida”. “Deadline”, (co-directed with Katy Chevigny), premiered at Sundance and won the Thurgood Marshall Award. She teaches “Visual Thinking” at the Graduate Journalism Department at NYU and cinematography in the Masters in Film program at SVA. She is currently editing “A Blind Eye”, a documentary that investigates her relationship as a cinematographer to those she films.

We want to herewith specially thank the supporters, who generously made the participation of these amazing mentors possible: The US Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgarian State Institute for Culture, Macedonian Film Agency and Hungarian Film Fund.

The leaders of Docu Rough Cut Boutique and moderators of all sessions are Rada Sesic and Martichka Bozhilova.