DOKweb Content is a portal dedicated to East European documentary film. The news section provides up-to-date information on upcoming and just completed films, interviews with filmmakers and other documentary professionals, in-depth articles exploring the state of documentary filmmaking in various parts of the region, as well as insightful texts on current trends, funding, etc. The portal also boasts the largest published databases of completed and upcoming documentary films from Eastern Europe, an industry directory, as well as trailers and original video content. is IDF´s key online project that provides comprehensive details on all IDF´s activities and links them with general information service.
Institute of Documentary Film’s Activities

Founded in 2001, INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of Central and East European creative documentary film and its wider promotion.

We work closely with Central and East European film directors and producers and provide in-depth development support for their projects as well as international promotion.

We also work with key international festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, film institutions, film schools, MEDIA Desks, training programmes, national film centres and various film portals, and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM – an indispensable source of documentary projects and films from Central and Eastern Europe.

Panel and Catalogue of Forthcoming Czech Documentary Films

The Institute of Documentary Film and the Jihlava IDFF in cooperation with the Czech Film Centre publish the Catalogue of Forthcoming Czech Documentary Films. Documentary films included in the catalogue are slated for television or theatrical release before August 30, 2009. Taking place at the time of the catalogue's release (September), the annual panel presentation of upcoming Czech documentary films gives the authors of 10 selected titles an opportunity to present their projects. Submission deadline: August 11 2008.

Panel and Catalogue of Forthcoming Czech Documentary Films
for submissions to the Catalogue: August 11, 2008
Panel presentation: September 16, 2008
Catalogue release: September 16, 2008
A Journey into the Unknown, or A Holiday in the DPRK, dir: Linda Jablonská (photo)


The Catalogue of Forthcoming Czech Documentary Films provides an annual survey of Czech documentary filmmaking. It is distributed throughout the year by the Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Film Center and the Jihlava IDFF at documentary festivals and markets across Europe. In 2008 and 2009, the Catalogue will make stops at the following events: Berlinale, Vision du Réel – Nyon,  Crossing Europe Linz, Hot Docs Toronto, Cracow IFF, Silver Docs, Discop Budapest, Sunny Side of the Docs La Rochelle, FID Marseille, Sarajevo, Zagreb Dox, Sofia IFF, Sheffield IDFF, Leipzig IFF, IDFA Amsterdam, IFF Cannes, Tribeca Film Festival New York, Pusan IFF, Toronto IFF.


Besides being included in the print catalogue, the collected films become part of our unique online database of upcoming Czech documentary films. Once finished, they are entered into the database of completed Czech films that currently holds nearly 600 films made after 1989. The database includes filters for easier search and sorting; completed films come also with an image gallery and trailers.


A representative selection of approximately 10 documentary films submitted to the Catalogue will be introduced at a public presentation. Director and producer of each selected project share details of the synopsis with members of the press and film professionals and play a short preview from their film. The press presentation aims to inform journalists and films experts about documentary films right from the development stage, and to raise public awareness about Czech documentary films in all stages of development. The presentation is scheduled to take place in September, 2008. More details will follow.


The Catalogue focuses mainly on single documentary films; projects made for television may apply only as singles or episodes from documentary cycles. Only projects that can supplement the oral presentation with some visuals, whether it be stills, previews or a trailer, may be selected to take part in the presentation.


Deadline for submissions: August 11, 2008
Projects can be submitted using a form that can be found here... Deadline for the print catalogue: August 11, 2008. The online database is open throughout the year so that documentary filmmakers are able to continuously update information about their projects.