Docu Talents @KVIFF 2016

Your guide to brand new documentary films in progress from Central and Eastern Europe, a region with a long documentary tradition and a range of remarkable and creative filmmakers who have emerged in recent years.

The 12th edition of Docu Talents was presented as part of the Karlovy Vary IFF industry section. It was organised by the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, in cooperation with the Karlovy Vary IFF. Directors and producers of the selected feature-length documentaries introduced their projects during eight-minute presentations.

DOCU TALENTS @KVIFF / 12th Edition
July 5, 2016 / 14.00
Karlovy Vary IFF / Congress Hall of Hotel Thermal

Join Docu Talents EVENT on FB

CONTACT / Jarmila Outratová / Head of Industry Office /

Since 2005, Docu Talents has been a launch pad for a number of documentaries, including Rabbit a la Berlin, Blind Loves, Matchmaking Mayor, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories, Cooking History, René, FortressPipelineDaniels´s WorldUnder the Sun, FC Roma and Close Relations.

Each year, festival advisors, distributors, buyers and local as well as international journalists are invited to attend the event. 12 selected projects are presented by the directors and producers in eight-minute presentations, including three-minute trailers. The presentations are followed by an informal cocktail party.

Documentary projects are selected by representatives of the Jihlava IDFF.


One-to-one meetings

Presentation were followed by One-to-one meetings with these experts:



Selected Docu Talents projects 2016


Director: Pavol Pekarčík
Country: Slovakia
Producer Pavol Pekarčík
Director of photography: Pavol Pekarčík
Film length: 80 min
Stage of development: production
Estimated date of premiere: January 2017

A documentary film about hearing-impaired children living on the edge of society, shot as an observation. The film works with long shots, which allow us to closely follow the reality of the four main characters: Sandra, who is in love with Ronaldinho and soccer; Alena, who is scared to have children, because she fears they would be deaf as well; Patrícia, who doesn't hear because she doesn't have batteries in her hearing aid; and Bajaja, who dreams of becoming a train driver and Van Damme at the same time.

Pavol Pekarčík, born 1972, is a documentary director, cinematographer and producer. He worked as an editor and cinematographer on Ilia (2010) by Ivan Ostrochovský, assistant director on Gypsy (2011) by Martin Šulík, co-producer, line producer and assistant director on Made In Ash (2012) by Iveta Grófová, and together with Ivan Ostrochovský and Peter Kerekes he directed the documentary feature Velvet Terrorists (2013) which was premiered and awarded at Berlinale's Forum. A Long Day is his first sole feature documentary.

partizanfilm was founded in 2007 by director and cinematographer Pavol Pekarčík. In, 2012, it co-produced the Karlovy Vary IFF premiered Made In Ash (2012) by Iveta Grófová, in 2013 it was one of the majority producers of the Velvet Terrorists (2013) by Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský and Peter Kerekes (Berlinale, Hot Docs Toronto, Hamptons IFF, Transilvania IFF, Sofia IFF, Vilnius IFF, ZagrebDox and others).

  • Producer: Partizanfilm
    Havlíčkova 40, 040 01 Košice, Slovak Republic, +421915037479


Director: Lucia Nimcova
Country: Slovakia
Producer: Roman Babjak
Director of photography: Lucia Nimcova
Film length: 40 min
Stage of development: production
Estimated date of premiere: November 2016

Throughout history, traditional music and culture has been appropriated and misrepresented; presently in Ukraine, patriotic songs play an important role in fueling populist romantic nationalism. A Tall Tale seeks to capture private and hidden realities within communities excluded from the main historical narrative of the region. Songs describing – in tragic, brutal and comical ways – domestic abuse, murder, conflict, sex, love and hate. The alternative folklore of the region: hard mountain rap, vintage feminism and filthy Carpathian hip hop, is still alive and relevant.

Lucia was born in 1977, currently living and working in Brussels and Humenné. Nimcova has recently exhibited her works at BOZAR, Brussels; Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok; Albumarte, Rome; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam; Prague Biennale; Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow; Via Farini, Milan; Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

Lucia’s videos were recently shown at Festival Fotograf, Prague; Filmmuseum, Dusseldorf; Ex Elettrofonica, Milan, and Now & After Festival, Moscow, Russia. focuses on documentaries, art videos and short films from Central and Eastern Europe


Director: Karolina Zalabáková, Petr Babinec
Country: Czech Republic
Producer: Karolina Zalabáková, Lukáš Gargulák
Director of photography: Lukáš Gargulák
Film length: 75 min
Stage of development: post-production
Estimated date of premiere: October 2016

A look at the people who live on the opposite side of the world, and yet in the same place. Five characters staying in five cities with the same unique history. The film has been shot in Zlín - Czech Republic, Borovo - Croatia, Batanagar - India, Batadorp - Netherlands and Bataypora in Brazil. During the 1920s, Tomas Bata, a global icon of the entrepreneurship from Czechoslovakia, started to base brand new cities around the world in order to expand his business. In the course of several decades, he founded about 30 towns built according to a unique concept. Today there are only a few that have survived. Our movie recounts the story of people who keep living in these places. They have more in common than could be obvious.

Karolina Zalabáková has been working at Czech Television in Kamila Zlatušková Creative Production Group since 2011 as the commissiong editor and director. Also she runs the production company Cinebonbon. Staying in Brno and Zlín, studying the Ph.D. studies of the Audiovisual Arts. Petr Babinec is finishing his Ph.D. studies. Besides the Batalives project he is interested in the production of the animation films. He runs the production company Kouzelna that focuses on the new trends of animation. This film is the directors’ and producers’ feature-length debut but they have extensive experience with short films and documentaries that succeeded at international film festivals.

Karolina Zalabáková & Lukáš Gargulák work in studio Cinebonbon with ten years of experience in making short and mid-length films. They are now about to produce their first feature debut. Cinebonbon connects film and video with other fields in order to create some unexpected relations. They work on genre-crossing projects of talented authors in the context of current European production.


Director: Ewa Podgórska
Country: Poland
Producer: Małgorzata Wabińska
Director of photography: Marek Kozakiewicz, Maciej Twardowski
Film length: 52/70 min
Stage of development: production
Estimated date of premiere: February 2017

Film is an artistic interpretation of a process conducted by the world’s first urban psychoanalyst who treats city as a human being. The inhabitants’ confessions on the couch, life scenes in the form of reminiscences, shards of memory and feelings, combined with the visionary shots of the city create a projection of thoughts of the psychoanalyst. Everything creates one living organism which has its light and dark sides. An organism, every element of which - a man, a building, a road or a tree – plays its individual role, while at the same time being somehow connected and one with the whole.

Ewa was born in 1981, she has graduated from the National Film School as well as University of Łódź majoring in film theory and journalism. She also graduated from DOK PRO, a doctoral programme at Wajda School. Her short Love was released on DVD with the best school films. Her debut The Chicken and the Egg, 26 min. documentary had world premiere on Festival Film de Femmes in Paris. Simultaneously, she published articles in the most important film magazines in Poland. She wrote series of articles about working methods of documentary directors. She was a participant of Doc Lab Poland and Co-production Meeting in Leipzig in 2015.

Entertain Pictures is a member of the Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce. The main focus of the company is production of artistic and formally interesting films which can be addressed to a wide audience. The main producer and CEO of the company has graduated from the National Film School in Łódź and Programme for Creative Producers at Wajda School. She was participating in the Dok.Incubator, Doc Lab Poland. She is a member of EDN.


Director: Levan Koguashvili
Country: Georgia
Producer: Levan Koguashvili
Director of photography: Gigi Samsonadze
Film length: 78 min
Stage of development: post-production
Estimated date of premiere: September 2016

Gogita spent 14 years in prison for robbery. After he got out, he decided to meet a woman and get married. He travels to Kutaisi to meet Maka - a girl he met on the internet. They have agreed to spend one week at the seaside. Gogita's mother is against this relationship, because Maka is overweight, not young and not exactly pretty. Gogita's mother wants a slim, good-looking girl. Gogita opposes her. He lives in a village in a decaying house, he's poor and was in jail. Slim and pretty woman won't marry him. For a man like him Maka is good enough: kind-hearted and cooks delicious meals.

Levan Koguashvili studied Film at the State University in Tbilisi, but a war broke out in Georgia and he worked as a journalist for the first Georgian TV. In 1999, he graduated from the VGIK (Moscow) and in 2007 - from the Tisch School of the Art’s Graduate Film Programme. Street Days (2010) was premiered in Competition of the Rotterdam IFF and was regarded as the beginning of a new wave of the Georgian cinema. Blind Dates (2013) premiered at Toronto and Berlin IFF and won 20 awards.

The film production company Kino Iberica was founded in 2011 by writer, director and producer Levan Koguashvili. The goal of the company is to produce new, innovative Georgian cinema, to discover new Georgian film projects, which have an international potential for the international festivals and distribution circuit.
Blind Dates was the first feature film project that got 20 awards and was listed at European Film Academy at 2014.


Director: Petra Nesvačilová
Country: Czech Republic
Producer: Klára Žaloudková
Director of photography: Klára Žaloudková
Film length: 80 min
Stage of development: post-production
Estimated date of premiere: November 2016

In her most recent film, young actress and documentary director Petra Nesvačilová decided to focus on police detective Helena Káhnová, who, with her colleague, managed to send to prison in the 1990s several dozen people in the so-called Berdych Gang case – including  Berdych himself. In total, the sentences meted out came to hundreds of years – the policewoman, as an extra work bonus, received 10,000 CZK and a promotion which was revoked soon afterwards. In completing the film the director managed to establish a working relationship with Berdych himself and former members of his gang.

Petra Nesvačilová was born in 1985. She studied FAMU, the Department of Documentary Film. She has made several documentaries. For her film Tell Me Where the Germans Are (2011) she was awarded the Stankovič's Samozvanců Award from the hands of Karel Vachek and a Special Mention in Greece. She has made a trailer for the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. She has gained popularity with her episode Václav Klaus from the TV the series, Ex-premiers (2013) that tries to sarcastically and personally capture the first term in office of ex-president Václav Klaus.

Background Films is a young company focused on film projects with the highest artistic ambitions, co-production potential and the expectation of meeting international standards.


Director: Laszlo Csuja
Country: Hungary
Producer: Agnes Horvath-Szabo, Andras Pires Muhi
Director of photography: Zagon Nagy
Film length: 75/50 min
Stage of development: production
Estimated date of premiere: June 2017

A 24 years old Hungarian boy has been fighting in the Russian-Ukrainian war for nine months. What motivates the boy to do so? He is not a patriot and doesn’t care about politics. Jani’s decision is about something else - finding independence. The film is shot in an observational style during the boy holidays in his hometown. Besides, we use Jani’s mobile footage from the military camp. The rhythm of the film is dictated by Jani’s arrivals and departures. Nine Months War is a coming-of-age drama, which also shows the problem of militarization in the background.

Laszlo Csuja was born in 1984. He graduated in scriptwriting from Hungarian Academy of Film and Drama. Currently he is doing his DLA studies. Laszlo’s short films travelled across Europe’s film festivals, including Cannes Short Film Corner and Edinburgh IFF. He attended, among others, Sarajevo and Berlinale Talent Campus, and Aristoteles Documentary workshop. He lives in Budapest, where he writes and directs documentaries and short fictions, as well as theatrical plays. Laszlo’s first fiction feature film, supported by the Hungarian Film Fund, is in pre-production.

ELF PICTURES is a new, Budapest based company founded by two former freelance producers who decided to unite their experiences and enthusiasm in order to bring high quality documentary and fiction films to life. Personal references of Agnes Horvath-Szabo and Andras Pires Muhi include internationally acknowledged features and shorts. The producers' aim is giving voice to emerging Hungarian filmmakers.


Director: Piotr Stasik
Country: Poland
Producer: Anna Gawlita
Director of photography: Adam Palenta
Film length: 75 min
Stage of development: production
Estimated date of premiere: June 2017

It will be the first Polish cross-genre project: a blend of opera and a documentary film. The music piece, written especially for this occasion, will be combined with documentary pictures (depicting Poland and Polish people) as well as written and spoken word (announcements in local papers, fragments of radio auditions, poetry and prose). We want tell you about contemporary Poland. But this story will be free of temporary journalism or politics. It will be a story about archetypes, symbols, anthropology, philosophy and metaphysics. What is Poland? What is our attitude to it? Who are we? What’s happening to us? Which ethical and value sets help us and which are our curse? Are we a nation striving for self-destruction? Have we been committing a slow suicide over the centuries?

Piotr Stasik completed a documentary course at the Wajda School. He made films such as A Diary of A Journey (awards from the Łagów FF, DocuDays UA and a Special Mention at Krakow FF) and The Last Day of Summer (awarded at the goEast FF, Flahertiana FF, Camerimage FF and DocFilm FF). His recent film 21xNew York took part in this year’s Krakow Film Festival main competition and has been recommended for the European Film Awards.

Film production company KIJORA was established by Anna Gawlita in 2007. KIJORA is dedicated to making documentaries and fiction movies. All of the films produced were awarded at many international film festivals. Their recent feature documentary is Casa Blanca by Aleksandra Maciuszek awarded at Krakow Film Festiwal, Trinidad+Tobago, Jihlava IDFF, and Punto de Vista. They are currently working on experimental feature film Hurrah, We’re Still Alive by Agnieszka Polska, and Anna Gawlita’s documentary debut Krzyżoki.


Director: Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
Producer: Jana Brožková, Zdeněk Holý
Director of photography: Martin Tokár, Martin Matiášek
Film length: 90 min
Stage of development: production
Estimated date of premiere: July 2017

In the middle of Europe, two nations coexist side by side, close to one another in many ways, and yet worlds apart. The Czechs are dedicated atheists, while the Poles are born as baptized Catholics. Czechs shake their heads in disbelief at Polish piety, while Poles hold Czechs in contempt for living without God. A Czech documentary crew sets out on a summertime pilgrimage across Poland in order to investigate through camera the specific situation regarding the notion of “Czech atheism vs. Polish religion”.

Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda are a well-established director duo. Both graduated from the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. Since 2005, Vít has been teaching in the same department. They are well-known for the documentary Czech Dream that was broadcast by more than 30 international TV channels. Together, they run independent production company Hypermarket Film Ltd., which is one of the leading production companies in Central and Eastern Europe, founded in 2003. Filip Remunda is the co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film (

Vernes was founded in 2010 by Jana Brožková. Together with Zdeněk Holý, they have been producing independent film projects since 2013. The company focuses on documentaries and feature films with the potential to appeal to an international audience. Their films included a portrait of a non-criminal paedophile (Daniel’s World, Panorama, Berlinale 2015) and a scientific documentary (Whose is My Child, winner of two Czech awards at AFO 2014).

  • Producer: Vernes - Jana Brožková, Zdeněk Holý
    Česká televize - Alena Müllerová, Jiří Vlach
    Hypermarket Film - Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
    Plesnar & Krauss Fims - Joanna Plesnar, Maria Krauss
    Peter Kerekes
    Karla Buriana 721/4, 370 01 České Budějovice, Czech Republic , +420 776650778,


Director: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Country: Russia
Producer: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, Natalia Mokritskaya, Mila Rozanova
Director of photography: Alexander Mikeladze
Film length: 100 min
Stage of development: post-production
Estimated date of premiere: January 2017

As Nikolay Gogol once said, Russia has two problems: fools and roads. In the film, they observe both. A dusty road connects one town with another. There is a highway patrol on the road. And there are drivers. Do they chase one another? Do they help one another? Who is the winner and who is the loser? The peculiar ways in which they coexist represent the paradoxes of the desperately corrupt society in modern Russia.  

Ivan I. Tverdovskiy is a graduate of the Russian Institute for Cinematography who was awarded at many Russian and international festivals for his previous documentary work. Corrections Class is Ivan’s debut feature film. The film won over 35 prizes worldwide, including Best Film at the Karovy Vary's East is West section (international premiere). Ivan’s second feature project Zoology filmed with the support of Eurimages is launching at a handful of prestigious international film festivals in the Summer/Fall 2016. Meanwhile, Ivan remains faithful to documentary filmmaking.

New People is a prominent Russian production company. It debuted in 2005 with Kirill Serebrennikov's Playing the Victim, which won the main prize at the Rome Film Festival. Further titles include Yuri's Day (Locarno FF, 2008), Four Ages of Love (2008), My Father Is Baryshnikov (2010), Corrections Class (2014, over 35 prizes in Russia and overseas) and currently Zoology by Ivan Tverdovskiy (in post-production).

  • Producer: New People Film Company
    Brusov Lane 2-14-74, Moscow, Russia, +1 530 204 8627


Director: Dmitrii Kalashnikov
Country: Russia
Producer: Volia Chajkouskaya
Director of photography: -
Film length: 60 min
Stage of development: post-production
Estimated date of premiere: March 2017

The film is composed of dashcam videos from all over Russia posted on YouTube. The film’s main protagonist is the collective image of a Russian man. We do not see this character but we hear his/her voice reacting to the situations that are visible from the “neutral” perspective of a dash camera. And this character moves from season to season facing weird and dangerous situations but keeps pursuing his/her endless journey.

Dmitrii was born in Archangelsk in 1986. In 2009, graduated from the department of Law, the Pomor State University and entered the Saint-Petersburg Film and TV University from which he graduated in 2014. Since 2011, works in the Eight and a Half studio as an editor, cameraman and director. The studio produces corporate videos and documentary projects. Directed the Film About Love, which was premiered at the Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland) in 2015. His latest film Waiting for the Show was screened at ArtDokFest (Moscow, Russia) in 2015.

The Eight and a Half studio mostly deals with a corporate video production but also produces documentaries. The series of documentaries The Rivers of the Ancient Russia (6 episodes) and Mysteries of the Sunken Ships (13 episodes) in 2011-2012 which was broadcast on the 24doc TV channel. The latest documentary Waiting for the Show was premiered at ArtDokFest (Moscow, Russia) in 2015.

  • Producer: Eight and a Halfstudio
    Contact: 197101, St. Petersburg, Kamenoostrovskiy prospekt, 10, L, 74, +7 (952) 220 67 82,


Director: Ionut Piturescu
Country: Romania
Producer: Alexandru Teodorescu
Director of photography: Alfredo Altamirano
Film length: 85 min
Stage of development: post-production
Estimated date of premiere: April 2017

Todi constructs schools and churches. He is also a magician in cheese making, a tradition that he learned from his ancestors, who used to live in the same Aromanian village, isolated in the mountains of Albania. His friend Spiru is an esteemed economist in a Tirana company, but also one of the most appreciated Aromanian poets in South-East Europe. Together, they set out on a Balkan journey in order to collect all the knowledge needed for creating a Cultural Centre for Aromanian Research and Education.

Ionut Piturescu is a documentary film director coming from a social anthropology background. His short documentary film Quest (2010) was a Silver Eye nominee at the East Silver Market in 2010 and has brought Ionut the Best Short Film award in Cannes, Quinzaine des Realisateurs, 2010. The Self and The Other will be his first feature documentary.

Saga Film is one of the biggest production companies in Romania. In 2007, it co-produced the Palme d'Or winner, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, directed by Cristian Mungiu. In 2010, Saga Film produced the debut feature Outbound, directed by Bogdan Apetri, premiered at the Locarno IFF. Saga Film is currently developing 3 debut features: 2 documentaries and one fiction, all of them having received state funding from the Romanian Film Centre.



Docu Talents @KVIFF is organized in cooperation with:



  • Back to current edition of Docu Talents