Acclaim for DOK Industry Alumni Projects

Acclaim for DOK Industry Alumni Projects

We are happy to see the film projects from previous DOK Industry editions evolving into successful films. Follow their stories, save the date for their premieres and discover where they screen next.

Premieres in 2024

Eleven middle-aged women in read cheerleader uniforms are standing in position on a sandy field with their arms behind their backs and heads held high
Co-Pro Market 2020
Nice Ladies

by Maria Ponomarova 
produced by: Labyrint Film, Tabor Production
Distribution: Cinema Delicatessen (theatrical, NL), MDR, HUMAN, SVT, DR
World Sales: CAT&Docs

World Premiere at Movies That Matter 2024
International Premiere at Hot Docs 2024
Special Mention Docu/Ukraine Competition at Docudays UA

Behind a blurry camera, a Chinese woman is attaching something to the other woman's ear, what exactly remains hidden by the camera
Co-Pro Market 2020

by: Fan Wu
produced by: Svemirko Audiovisual Art Productions, Svemirko Film Productions,
Sona Films

World Premiere and awarded with the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs 2024

An old woman dressed in a bathing suit and a yellow hat is climbing a ladder towards a blue barrel that stands on a metal construction in a garden surrounded by urban houses
Preview Training 2023
Flowers of Ukraine

by Adelina Borets
produced by: Gogol Film, Koskino, Gogol Vertigo, DI Factory

World Premiere at Krakow Film Festival 2024

Portrait of a man with a video camera
Co-Pro Market 2019
Fragments of Ice

by Maria Stoianova
produced by: Indie Film
Distribution: Tabor LTD

World Premiere at Visions du Réel (International Competition)
Awarded with the Main Prize Docu/Ukraine Competition, Special Mention Docu/World Competition, Ukrainian Film Critics' Jury Prize & Students' Jury Prize at Docudays UA 2024

A man and a woman sit opposite to each other at a table at a window. The view shows several residential blocks.
Co-Pro Market 2018
We Are Inside

by Farah Kassem
produced by: Road2Films, Good Company Pictures
Distribution: Aljazeera Documentary Channel

World Premiere and awarded with a Special Mention at Visions du Réel (International Competition)

A woman leans with her head and hands against a wall in the sun.
Co-Pro Market 2020

by Juan Pablo Polanco Carranza & Cesar Alejandro Jaimes
produced by: Los Niños Films, Pong Film

World Premiere at Visions du Réel (Burning Lights Competition)

Two persons stand between some trees during sunset.
Co-Pro Market 2022
Valentina and the MUOSters

by Francesca Scalisi
produced by: DOK MOBILE, Articolture

World Premiere and winner of the Special Jury Award at Visions du Réel (National Competition)

Four women stand together looking at a landscape at dawn.
Short n’ Sweet 2023
A Move

by Elahe Esmaili
Distribution: Square Eyes

World Premiere and winner of the Special Youth Jury Award at Visions du Réel (International Medium Length & Short Film Competition)

A woman with a beanie holds a piece of icicles.
Co-Pro Market 2021
Hydroelectric Joy

by Alexander Markov
produced by: Petit à Petit Production
Distribution: ARTE

World Premiere at Visions du Réel (International Medium Length & Short Film Competition)

A child stands in the fog and holds a stack of plastic flower pots.
Co-Pro Market 2021
Blueberry Dreams

by Elene Mikaberidze
produced by: Parachute Films with Iota Productions and Wide Productions

World Premiere at CPH:DOX (Next:Wave Award Competition)

A woman walks through a desert landscape with a single tree with orange leaves.
Preview Training 2022
Marching in the Dark

by Kinshuk Surjan
produced by: Clin d’oeil films, NoCut Collective, SNG Film
World Sales: Lightdox

World Premiere at CPH:DOX (Human:Rights Award Competition)

View from a house with open doors and windows at a giant cactus at dawn.
Preview Germany 2023
Night of the Coyotes

by Clara Trischler
produced by: HORSE & FRUITS Filmproduktion

World Premiere at CPH:DOX (F:act Award Competition)

An empty alley at night with little shops and neon signs on the sides. Two persons on bicycles at the end of the alley.
Co-Pro Market 2019 & Preview Germany 2023
Johatsu – Into Thin Air

by Andreas Hartmann and Arata Mori
produced by: Ossa Film
German Distributor: Real Fiction
World Sales: CAT&Docs

World Premiere at Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival
CPH:DOX 2024, Krakow Film Festival 2024
Winner of VIKTOR Main Competition at DOK.fest München 2024

A group of seven young women pose for a picture. One of them holds a boom pole with a huge microphone.
Co-Pro Market 2020, Preview Germany 2022
Tell Them About Us

by Rand Beiruty
produced by: Shaghab Films, Tondowski Films
Distribution: MDR/ARTE
World Sales: Syndicado Film Sales

World Premiere at CPH:DOX and at Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival

A woman sits on a bed in a room with white interior, in the window a Ukrainian flag.
Co-Pro Market 2022
A Bit of a Stranger

by Svitlana Lishchynska
produced by: Albatros Communicos, Vilda Bomben Film, Film i Vast
Distribution: ZDF/ARTE
World Sales: Film Harbour

World Premiere at Berlinale Panorama
Andriy Matrosov Award at Docudays UA 2024
Saxon Award for Female Director (SMWK) at DOK Co-Pro Market 2022

A woman takes a selfie in the bathroom mirror.
Co-Pro Market 2021
I’m Not Everything I Want to Be

by Klára Tasovská
produced by Somatic Films, nutprodukcia, Mischief Films
Distribution: Czech Television, ARTE
World Sales: Square Eyes

World Premiere at Berlinale Panorama
Chopin's Nose Award at Millennium Docs Against Gravity

Portrait of a young female boxer
Co-Pro Market 2021

by Sarvnaz Alambeigi
produced by: Rabison Art
Distribution: Taskovski Films

World Premiere at Berlinale Generation

A woman with two babies in her arms sits naked in room, surrounded by several persons who are drawing at painting easels.
Preview Germany 2023

by Katharina Pethke
produced by Fünferfilm
Distribution: Plutofilm

World Premiere at Berlinale Forum

Premieres in 2023

Three illustrated guys are standing at a train station. One is holding a bunch of tickets in front of his face, one adjusts his glasses and the third looks unimpressed with crossed arms
Co-Pro Market 2019
Pelikan Blue

by László Csáki
produced by: Umbrella Entertainment, Cinemon Entertainment
World Sales: NFI 

World Premiere at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2023
Reteena Youth Jury Prize at DocsBarcelona 2024
Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2024

A woman hugs a baby in her harms.
Malqueridas (Co-Pro Market 2021)

by Tana Gilbert
produced by: Errante Producciones, Dirk Manthey Film
World Sales: Square Eyes 

World premiere and awarded with the Gran Premio IWONDERFULL and Premio Mario Serandel at Settimana Internazionale della Critica Venezia

A person carries a full garbage bag while walking in between seagulls at a beach covered with garbage.
Bottlemen (Preview Training 2019)

by Nemanja Vojinović
produced by: Rt dobro Nade, Set Sail Films, URGH!

World Premiere and Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary at Sarajevo Film Festival

A man and an elderly woman in between stacks of buckets and bowls.
Requiem to the Hot Days of Summer (Preview Training 2022)

by Giorgi Parkosadze
produced by: Attic Production, Filmografik Productions

World Premiere at Sarajevo Film Festival

A young men sits in the front passenger seat in a car.
BOYZ (Preview Germany 2022)

by Sylvain Cruiziat
produced by: mad films Cruiziat & Egert

World Premiere at Filmfest Munich
Special Mention Youth Competition at IDFA 2023

A person stands on the platform of a building and overlooks a city and harbor.
Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano (Preview Germany 2021)

by Cyril Aris
produced by: Reynard Films, About Productions

Special Jury Mention at Karlovy Vary IFF
Special Jury Mention at Karlovy Vary IFF 2023
Main Prize (Viewfinder competition) at the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2023
Audience Award at the Festival Dei Popoli, Italy, 2023

A van driving on a street in a empty landscape.
War at Home (Co-Pro Market 2018)

by Aleksander Zalewski
produced by: Aksamit Sp. z o.o. 

World Premiere at Krakow Film Festival

A huge building in the mountains at winter time. All is covered with snow.
Magic Mountain (Co-Pro Market 2015)

by Mariam Chachia, Nik Voigt
produced by: OpyoDoc, TVP

Best Documentary Award at Docs Barcelona
Silver Apricot Award at Golden Apricot Film Festival
Young Onion Award at Make Dox


A female person in surgical dress stands leaning slightly forward, looking off to the side as she speaks.
Pure Unknown (Co-Pro Market 2019)

by Mattia Colombo, Valentina Cicogna
produced by: Jump Cut with Amka Films Productions, Sisyfos Film
World Sales: Deckert Distribution

World Premiere and Interreligious Award in the International Competition at Visions du Réel
International Premiere at Hot Docs 

A young couple in winter clothes sits leaning at each other. Both have their eyes closed.
Motherland (Co-Pro Market 2019)

by Alexander Mihalkovich, Hanna Badziaka
produced by: Sisyfos Film Production
Distribution: Lucky Dogs (theatrical, Sweden)
World Sales: Lightdox

World Premiere and DOX:Award in the International Main Competition at CPH:DOX 
FIPRESCI Award at goEast Film Festival 2023
Audience Award at Krakow Film Festival 2023


A portrait photo of a young boy lies on a wooden table.
A Silent Story (Co-Pro Market 2019)

by Anders Skovbjerg Jepsen 
produced by: Final Cut for Real

World Premiere at CPH:DOX
CinéFemme jury award in the international competition at Millenium Festival in Bruxelles 2024

Two women stand on a (river)bank an look out on the water.
Eren (Preview Training 2022)

by Maria Binder
produced by: Film Five GmbH

World Premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
Special Mention at Duhok International Film Festival 2023

A pick up truck parks on a lawn in front of a castle.
The Castle (Co-Pro Market 2021)

by Martin Benchimol
produced by: Gema Films, Sister Productions
Distribution: Luxbox Films

World Premiere at Berlinale Panorama
Awards for Best Technical Achievement, Best Script, Best Argentinean Director at Mar del Plata IFF 2023
Best Director Award at Honk Kong IFF

A man with blond braids and a red leather jacket lies on a sofa. He has his eyes closed.
Calls From Moscow (Preview Germany 2022)

by Luis Alejandro Yero
produced by: Cosmic Productions 

World Premiere at Berlinale Forum
Special Mention at FICG Guadalajara 2023
Special Mention at FIDBA Buenos Aires 2023

A young man in a black suit stretches his right arm and hand upwards while standing in the backstage area of a theatre.
Pianoforte (Preview Training 2022)

by Jakub Piątek
produced by: Telemark 
World Sales: Submarine

World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Documentary Competition)
Audience Award in the Grand Angle Competition at Visions du Réel
IDA Documentary Awards Nominee (Best Music Documentary)

Premieres in 2022

An older woman with short hair stands at a window and looks into a garden with lots of flowers.
Loving Martha (Preview Training 2021)

by Daniela López
produced by: Ruido, Maravillacine, Señal Colombia
Distribution: Señal Colombia

World Premiere at IDFA

A man walks through a barren burnt landscape. Smoke rises from the ground and  clouds the view.
Paradise (Co-Pro Market 2020)

by Alexander Abaturov
produced by: Petit à Petit Production, Intermezzo Films
Distribution: The Party Film Sales, ARTE, Canal+

World Premiere at IDFA

A boy in a red shirt stands on top of a hill and overlooks the coastline of a small mediterranean island.
Kristos, the Last Child (Co-Pro Market 2019)

by Giulia Amati
produced by: Blink Blink Prod, Les Films de l'oeil sauvage
Distribution: Deckert Distribution (World Sales)
ARTE, ERT, Aljazeera Documentary Channel, Lyfta

World Premiere at Giornate degli Autori Venice Biennale

An elderly couple is sitting next to each other. The woman (left) is looking down, the man is rising his head and eyes up to the sky.
Paying a Visit to Fortuna (Preview Training 2017)

by Matyas Kalman
produced by: ELF Pictures, Peglanje snova, Kompot

World Premiere in the Documentary Competition at Sarajevo Film Festival

A woman holds a teenager girl in her arms and kisses her forehead. The teenager has her eyes closed.
Too Close (Co-Pro Market 2020)

Botond Püsök
produced by: Luna Film, On The Spot Films
Distribution: Rise and Shine World Sales

World Premiere in the Documentary Competition at Sarajevo Film Festival

Two persons walk the red carpet into a cinema at a film premiere. Many people line the way.
Aurora’s Sunrise (Co-Pro Market 2016)

by Inna Sahakyan
produced by: Bars Media, Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion, Artbox, VS!

World Premiere at Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Silver Apricot at Golden Apricot International Film Festival

From a bird’s eye view: A male teenager is resting his head on a chair. He does not wear a shirt. On his shoulder, you can see a tattoo of the words "Born slippy".
How to Save a Dead Friend (Preview Training 2019)

Marusya Syroechkovskaya
produced by: Docs Vostok, Sisyfos Film
Distribution: Periscoop (theatrical, Benelux), Lucky Dogs (theatrical, Sweden)
World Sales: Lightdox

World Premiere and Special Mention in the International Feature Film Competition at Visions du Réel

Zwei Frauen fahren gemeinsam auf einem Fahrrad: Vorne auf der Stange sitzt eine Frau mit langen Haaren und Zopf, hinten eine Frau mit kurzen Haaren. Beide lachen.
Silent Love (Co-Pro Market 2019)

Marek Kozakiewicz
produced by: Koi Studio, Tondowski Films

World premiere at Visions du Réel
North American Premiere at Hot Docs
MDR Film Prize at DOK Leipzig

A person wrapped in many layers of white fabric stands in the middle of a living room. Only the persons arms is visible, pointing out of the fabric in direction of the window.
Electric Malady (Co-Pro Market 2015)

Marie Lidén
produced by: Aconite Productions
Distribution: Conic (theatrical, UK & Ireland)

World Premiere at CPH:DOX

A woman in a bird costume is sitting on a plastic chair, all alone in a very clean waiting room. Above her head a small chain of lights that creates a purple lighting mood.
Just Animals (Co-Pro Market 2020)

Saila Kivelä, Vesa Kuosmanen
produced by: Tuffi Films Oy
Distribution: The Yellow Affair (World Sales), YLE

International Premiere at CPH:DOX
North American Premiere at Hot Docs

A woman with a fur coat holds a Bunsen burner with a huge flame.
The Pawnshop (Preview Training 2020)

Łukasz Kowalski 
produced by: 4.30 Studio
Distribution: Syndicado Film Sales (World Sales), Against Gravity (theatrical, Poland)

World Premiere at CPH:DOX

Panorama shoot of the skyline of a small town in Bulgaria during daytime.
No Place for You in Our Town (Co-Pro Market 2019)

Nikolay Stefanov 
produced by: Smarty Pants Shooter
Distribution: Lightbox

World Premiere at CPH:DOX

A street covered with snow in winter: A man with a leopard fur coat is watching two cars racing through the snow.
Tolyatti Adrift (Co-Pro Market 2017)

Laura Sistero
produced by: Boogaloo Films, Les Films d’Ici
Distribution: Filmotor (World Sales)

World Premiere at Málaga FF
International Premiere at Visions du Réel
North American Premiere at Hot Docs 
Silver Horn at Krakow Film Festival

A woman in a business suit walk through the almost empty hall of a stock exchange.
Dragon Women (Co-Pro Market 2017)

Frédérique de Montblanc
produced by: Savage Films, Beauvoir Films, Seesaw Pictures
Distribution: Rise & Shine (World Sales)

World Premiere at Docville
International Premiere at Visions du Réel

Zeichnung der Fassade einer Bankfiliale an einer Straßenecke. Im Vordergrund geht ein Mann vorbei. Links ist ein Geldautomat. Über der Tür und den Fenstern hängen mehrere Schilder mit dem Wort "Bank".
Robin Bank (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Anna Giralt Gris
produced by: GusanoFilms, Indi Film
Distribution: Java Films (World Sales), Camino Filmverleih (theatrical, Germany)

World Premiere at Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

An elderly woman wearing sunglasses sits on the floor of a storage room that is fully packed with boxes, bags and furniture
Dreaming Walls (Co-Pro Market 2019)

Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier 
produced by: Clin d'oeil films, Les films de l'oeil sauvage, Media International, CBA Doc, Hard Working Movies, Basalt Film, Momento Film 
Distribution: Dogwoof (World Sales)

World Premiere at Berlinale Panorama

A baby is sleeping with its head resting on the shoulder of its mother.
Midwives (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing
produced by: EyeSteelFilm, AMA Film, Snow Films 
Distribution: Dogwoof (World Sales)

World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Excellence in Vérité Filmmaking

Premieres in 2021

Porträt of an old woman. She looks straight and seriously into the camera, wearing shot white hair, a white shirt and a red cardigan.
The Moment of Transition (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Chiara Marotta 
produced by: La Sarraz, RAI Cinema
Distribution: La Sarraz Distribuzione (theatrical), RAI

World Premiere at IDFA
Special Mention at Festival dei Popoli

A young girl in summer clothes is sitting on the pathway at the side of a street. Her long hair almost covers her face. She pulls some hair aside to look with one eye into the camera.
Museum of the Revolution (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Srđan Keča
produced by: Uzrok, Restart, Nutprodukce
Distribution: Lightdox (World Sales), déja vu film (theatrical, Germany)

World Premiere at IDFA
North American Premiere at Hot Docs 2022

A wide corn field under a thunderstorm sky. A couple stands in the field, hugging each other. On the side parks a car.
Everything Will Change (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Marten Persiel
produced by: Flare Film, Windmill Film
Distribution: TF1 Studio (World Sales) Farbfilm Verleih (theatrical, Germany) Pathé Film (theatrical, Switzerland)

World premiere at Zurich Film Festival
Audience Award at Film Festival Max Ophüls Preis

Two young persons sit at a table full of glasses and bottles
How the Room Felt (Preview Training 2020)

Ketevani Kapanadze 
produced by: Jashi film 
Distribution: Syndicado Film Sales (World Sales)

World Premiere at IDFA
North American Premiere at Hot Docs 2022


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Water Has No Borders (Co-Pro Market 2017)

Maradia Tsaav 
produced by: OpyoDoc, Faites un voeu 

World Premiere in International Competition at DOK Leipzig

Splitter collage: Left a photo of a young woman running towards the camera, right the illustration of the outlines of a male person.
Love, Dad (Short n’ Sweet 2019)

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
produced by: 13ka

World Premiere at Locarno IFF 

Silver Dove of the Audience Competition at DOK Leipzig

Two grim-looking men who are wearing winter jackets covered with snow are walking side by side in a street that is also covered with snow.
Displaced – Pa Vend (Short n’ Sweet 2019)

Samir Karahoda
produced by: SK Pictures
Radiator IP Sales (World Sales)

World Premiere at Festival de Cannes

A woman with long hair is shouting at a protest march.
Dying to Divorce (Preview Training 2018)

Chloe Fairweather
produced by: Dying to Divorce Ltd., Aldeles Film Production, WDR, ARTE
Distribution: Java Films (World Sales), Dartmouth Films (UK), WDR, ARTE, DR, NRK

World Premiere at Hot Docs

A man rides on his horse, surrounded by a huge flock of sheep.
Gaucho Americano (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Nicolás Molina
produced by: Pequén Producciones

World Premiere at Hot Docs

Amidst the scenery of alpine mountains, three men are walking down a path from a hill. They  carrying a huge cross on their shoulders.
Reconciliation (Co-Pro Market 2015)

Marija Zidar
produced by: Vertigo, Film House Bas Celik, Seagull Entertainment, Dera Film
Distribution: Illumina Films (World Sales)

World Premiere at CPH:DOX

Ein älteres und ein jüngeres Paar stehen mit einem Koffer auf einem Bahnsteig. Die jüngere Frau weint, der Mann nimmt sie in den Arm. Das ältere Paar schaut zu.
Les Enfants Terribles (Co-Pro Market 2019)

Ahmet Necdet Çupur 
produced by: TS Productions, Jiyoti Films, Liman Films
Distribution: Deckert Distribution, France 3, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel

Visions du Réel Special Jury Award 

Sarajevo IFF Human Rights Award

A woman is walking at a rocky beach. She looks down and picks something up with a long gripper.
Walk the Tideline (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Anna Antsalo
produced by: Tuffi Films Oy
Distribution: First Hand Films, Raina Films

World Premiere at Docpoint Helsinki

Premieres in 2020

A black-and-white pic: The close-up of a man’s face in profile. He is looking out of a car window.
This Rain Will Never Stop (Co-Pro Market 2017)

by Alina Gorlova
produced by: Tabor, Avantis Promo, Bulldog Agenda
Distribution: Square Eyes (World Sales), jip film & verleih (Germany)

Award for Best First Appearance Award at IDFA
Best Feature-Length Film, Festival dei Popoli
Golden Lily Award, goEast
International Documentary Award, International Documentary Association (IDA)
Main Jury Prize, One World Prague

An older man blows out the candles on a huge birthday cake made of cream. There are three candles with the numbers 1, 0 and 2.
100UP (Co-Pro Market 2017)

by Heddy Honigmann
produced by: Dutch Mountain Film, Savage Film,
Distribution: CAT&Docs (World Sales), Amstelfilm (Netherlands) Kinosmith (Canada)

World Premiere at IDFA

A person is bowing her head to work on some shiny Christmas decoration.
Merry Christmas, Yiwu (Preview Training 2017)

by Mladen Kovačević
produced by: Horopter Film Production, Sisyfos Film Production
Distribution: Deckert Distribution (World Sales)

World Premiere at IFFR
North American Premiere at Hot Docs
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary, Sarajevo IFF

Two woman are sitting opposite to each other at a small wooden table on a balcony. The woman at the left is cuddling  a small dog in her arms. Both women are smiling.
Her Mothers (Preview Training 2019)

by Asia Dér, Sára Haragonics 
produced by: Camp Film, HBO Europe, Match Frame Productions
Distribution: Syndicado Film Sales (World Sales), HBO Europe

World Premiere at Hot Docs
Best Documentary Award, Crossing Europe Linz

A family with seven children of different age is strolling through a big meadow during summertime. In the background you can see huge apartment houses.
Acasa, My Home (Preview Training 2019)

Radu Ciornicius
produced by: Manifest Film, Kinocompany, CORSO Film
Distribution: Autlook Filmsales, HBO Europe, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, YLE

Special Jury Award for Cinematography Sundance FF World Cinema Documentary 

Special Jury Award Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 

Human Rights Award, Sarajevo FF 

Golden Horn for the Director of the Best Film, Krakow FF 

and many more

Eine Aufnahme in der Dämmerung: Zwei Jugendliche hängen vor einem leer stehenden, heruntergekommenem Wohnblock rum.
The Earth Is Blue As an Orange (Co-Pro Market 2018)

Iryna Tsilyk
produced by: Albatros Communicos Ukrain
Distribution: CAT&Docs 

Directing Award Sundance FF World Cinema Documentary

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