Czech Docs ProjectDOCUMENTARY TEAS – Docuthé
Within the Czech Project, the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) organizes professional seminars and informal meetings of Czech documentarists.
Docuthé in the past
CINEMA DIGITIZATION, DIGITAL COPIES – New chance for documentary film?
A swift wave of cinema digitization is sweeping through Europe and the Czech Republic has already joined in the process. So far, sixty cinema auditoriums have been digitized and the figure keeps rising each day. What are some of the causes and effects of this development?
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NEW WAYS TO FUND AND DISTRIBUTE DOCUMENTARIES: Passing Fad or Brave New World?
Public service broadcasting is facing a financial squeeze and increasing commercial competition across the world. For the creative documentary this means fewer slots and less money to go round. Yet there are more and more documentary makers across the world, making high quality films that are struggling to find an audience. So do digital distribution, Video On Demand, community screenings and home rental offer a real alternative? Is there enough money in these new platforms to replace the broadcaster's contribution? And are alternative kinds of funding - NGO, corporate, crowd sourced - the future?
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In the year 2008, within the Czech project, IDF organized two informal meetings and a seminar on the sales and distribution of documentary film, all within the project Docuthé – documentary teas. At the first meeting, the current needs of documentary filmmakers were discussed, providing an important feedback for our further improvement of our help to Czech filmmakers.
Another meeting in the form of a dinner was held at the 12th year of IDFF Jihlava and the East European Forum. 40 film professionals took part in the dinner, half of them being Czech producers and directors who thus had the opportunity of meeting international film professionals, primarily from the ranks of sales agents, distributors and festivals, of talking to them in person and presenting their projects and aims.
At the end of the year, IDF organized a two-day seminar for producers and directors of documentary films, the theme being sales, distribution and the Czech Lion Competition. Both international lecturers and Czech professionals from the ranks of renowned sales agents and distributors introduced the basic principles of sales and distribution of documentary films focused primarily on the Czech region to the seminar participants.
Another Documentary tea took place in October 31, 2009 during the 13th year of Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, where we invited Czech documentary producers and significant international guests, primarily festival selectors, sales agents, buyers and TV station representatives for a common dinner.