Doc Launch supports East European documentary films in the production and post-production stage on their way to distribution. It consists of the annual Doc Launch presentation and the year-long Doc Launch programme that supports East European documentary films at international events, providing them with consultations and networking possibilities aimed at facilitating distribution.
Doc Launch presentation
The Doc Launch presentation annually introduces 8-9 handpicked feature-length documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe. Festival programmers, distributors, sales agents, members of the press and audiences get the first glimpse of films in post-production slated for theatrical release over the next year. Building its profile around outstanding documentary projects aiming for theatrical distribution, the Doc Launch presentation is based on the tradition of Docu Talents from the East, co-organized by IDF and IDFF Jihlava at the Karlovy Vary IFF from 2005 to 2009.
Doc Launch programme
The Doc Launch programme provides assistance in securing additional funding at international events as well as at other initiatives organized by IDF; script editing consultations; ongoing promotion at DOKweb.net; presentation of films in the post-production stage; rough-cut consultancy sessions and, finally, inclusion in the East Silver Market (since 2007). As opposed to the annual presentation which showcases 8-9 documentary projects, the year-long Doc Launch programme is open to approx. 100 documentary projects that attended the Ex Oriente Film workshop, East European Forum or Doc Launch presentation and are not yet completed.