2020 Docu Rough Cut Boutique selection

STAYING TOGETHER, APART. Docu Rough Cut Boutique marks its 10th anniversary amid difficult times for humanity.

For Docu Rough Cut Boutique 2020 will be marked as one of the most memorable years, it is turning ten in times when nations and individuals are faced with many tragedies caused by the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. The documentary filmmakers are known as sharp observers of the world around us, they have a gift to cope with the unpredictable, react in the moment, be flexible and tremendously inventive. We have great respect for their projects and it was unimaginable not to offer to the selected teams the chance to continue improving their projects and complete them with the help of the Docu Rough Cut Boutique’s mentors. In the eve of this crisis, Docu Rough Cut Boutique team had to find the most suitable method for participants and mentors to collaborate tightly and fruitfully from our homes, respecting the rules of safety that all of us have to apply.   

A record number of submissions in 2020 had been received, and the decision-making process was long and tough. Rada Šešić and Martichka Bozhilova co-heads of  Docu Rough Cut Boutique stressed that several very solid, compelling projects had to stay behind the selection line: “Our documentary boutique has space for only 5 projects, and we opted for those that we found the most cinematically exciting, author-driven with international potential. Three projects connect lucidly and inventively the past with the contemporary time, two are deep dives into topics that deal with the secrets of women and are made by female teams. Few directors are making their feature-length debuts, and all five of them are trying hard to find their own cinematic handwriting. We believe that these remarkable, out-of-the-box upcoming films will shine a bright light on important narratives from our region, stories that must be shared with the rest of the world. We remain faithful to our primary conviction to have creative, author-driven ambitious documentaries from the region and to support these fantastic endeavours.”   

Docu Rough Cut Boutique 2020 selection: 



Director: Ketevan Kapanadze

Producer: Salomé Jashi

Editor: Eka Tsotsoria

Production Company: microcosmoss

Country: Georgia


Director: Vedrana Pribačić

Producer: Mirta Puhlovski

Editor: Marta Broz

Production Company: Metar60

Country: Croatia


Director: Srđan Keča

Producers: Vanja Jambrović, Srđan Keča

Editor: Hrvoslava Brkušić

Production Companies: UZROK, Restart

Co-producer: Nutprodukce

Countries: Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic


Director: Srđan Kovačević

Producers: Sabina Krešić, Luka Venturin

Editor: Damir Čučić

Company: Fade In

Country: Croatia


Director: Alexa Bakony

Producers: Gábor Osváth, Ildikó Szűcs

Editor: Marianna Rudas

Production Company: Filmfabriq Ltd.

Country: Hungary

Docu Rough Cut Boutique team is grateful to mentors for their understanding and flexibility to work on the new format prompted by the difficult circumstances. Award-winning dramaturgy and editing mentors Tom Ernst (Germany/Hungary), Ivo Trajkov (Czech Republic), Albert Elings (The Netherlands), Ollie Huddleston (UK) and Hanka Kastaelicova (HBO executive producer) will lead the first workshop module scheduled to take place online in April 2020. 


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