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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.

14th Documentary in Europe with East European Flavour

Taking place July 7 - 10, 2010 in Bardonecchia, Italy, Documentary in Europe 2010 brings more than 20 projects into the pitching forum, as well as a number of debates, master classes and meetings with commissioning editors. Thanks to cooperation with the Institute of Documentary Film, the event will also feature several East European documentaries (Six Weeks, Arsy-Versy, I Love My Boring Life, etc.).

14th Documentary in Europe
July 7 - 10, 2010
Bardonecchia / Italy

The Documentary in Europe programme includes:

  • A pitching workshop & session with 15 international financiers present
  • Match making sessions for new talents
  • Master classes
  • Screenings and case studies on new international documentaries
  • Great networking opportunities


As part of its programme, the 2010 Documentary in Europe will screen 7 East European documentary films:

July 8, 2010 / 13:30 - 14:45 (Sala Giolitti)

Poland 2008, 25 min
D: Marcin Koszalka
The story of a lonely, 53-year-old psychiatrist living with his severely overprotective mother. When a woman steps into the picture, a bad conflict breaks out. After years of sexual abstinence, Ewa brings out the man in him. His mother yells, 'Wake up, you're fifty- three!". He answers in St. Paul's words, 'Children obey your parents, honour thy father and thy mother and ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.

East Silver 2009



Poland 2009, 18 min
D: Marcin Janos Krawczyk

Due to different life situations there are mothers who do not want or those who cannot bring up their children. They have the right to give the child away just after delivery. During the first six weeks of the newborn's life the mother has to make the decision about the definit resignation of her parental rights. She is free in making her decision however the decision she makes cannot be changed afterwards. A biological mother loses any contact with her child. She can only write a final letter to the child. The film shows in a poetical way the first six weeks of the small human being who was given away.

East Silver 2009 / Silver Eye Award 2009


Czech Republic 2009, 27 min
D: Jan Gogola ml.

The diary of a grandmother from the Prague neighborhood of Zbraslav as a diary of eternity.Using informal language, for five years grandmother Alena Němcová from Zbraslav has been writing down weather forecasts, dreams, morning exercise, cooking, regular house bustle, global events as well as notes concerning relationships, religion and the general spirit of the age – matters of a private, family, social, real and also surreal nature. The film captures the life in her house, as a place that could represent a slice of the world and merge various events and connections, both of a daily and timeless nature. It points out that banality can indeed be part of our perception but not of the world itself. The device is just a change of banality to singularity.

Breathless - Dominance of the Moment / Docu Talents From the East 2009 / East Silver 2009

July 9, 2010 / 13:30 - 15:00 (Sala Giolitti)

Hungary 2008, 20 min
D: Gyula Nemes

The life, demolition and reconstruction of the Kopaszi dam between 1998 and 2007. A mostly black & white 35mm documentary shot over ten years in a forgotten landscape in the center of Budapest. People living in houseboats and wooden houses, struggling against flood, snow and investors who want them to evict. The second part of The Dike of Transience.

Ex Oriente Film 2005 / East European Forum 2005 / East Silver 2008



Austria, Macedonia, Croatia, USA, 2009, 76 min
D: Atanas Georgiev

In Vienna, two immigrants from Eastern Europe go to any length to find an Austrian woman consenting to a marriage of convenience. In Vienna, two immigrants from Eastern Europe go to any length to find an  Austrian woman consenting to a marriage of convenience. "Will you marry me?" is what is written on the slips of paper that Atanas and Marko are handing out to women in Vienna. These two enterprising Macedonians have hatched a plan to buy a bride and secure a passport to the European Union. Their journey is a delightful romp through Vienna's colleges, metro stations, and red light districts with poignant glimpses of what lies beyond the fringes. Eventually they meet Barbara, a young communist who is willing to marry Atanas on political and compassionate grounds, but pursuing a marriage without love proves to be more challenging than anyone expects. The bureaucratic and psychological barriers that these hapless heroes face only highlights how modern day Europe is struggling to be redefined by its burgeoning immigrant underclass.

Ex Oriente Film 2006 / East European Forum 2006 / Docu Talents from the East 2006 / East Silver 2009


July 10, 2010 / 13:30 - 15:00 (Sala Giolitti)

Slovakia 2009, 23 min
D: Miro Remo

The film is a story of a mother and her son Lubos who lives in a world turned upside-down, or, arsy-versy. Lubos broke free from the world as generally conceived by others to arrive at the supreme human-nature symbiosis; he flew away to a planet purely inhabited by butterflies - intelligent beings. The sole focus of his life energy, enriched by a great deal of empathy, is being chanelled into his amateur photography and film making, the climax of his fascination with natural phenomenona being his unique study of bats. By way of communicating with the upside-down creatures he is fascinated with, he attempts to achieve the utmost understanding between man and beast. He is assisted by his mother who has been a great support to him, but is now apprehensive about her son’s future. „What will become of the kid?“ she wonders. Those who „knew“ him thought him lost up to the moment they saw the arsy-versy film; now it’s them who are losing it!

East Silver 2009




Slovakia 2008, 77 min
D: Juraj Lehotský

It is very often difficult for us, those who can see, to find our true fulfillment and happiness in the world. The more complicated, but maybe the more interesting this journey might be for the blind. Their perspective of the world is much more essential and sincere in many ways, and it often uncovers the invisible dimensions of the world. This film is about love amongst the blind and about the different forms it can take. The main protagonists are people who were born blind and they have been living in a world of their own since ever. This world is often filled with unusual visions, perceptions and dreams. It is through the lives of four different characters in the film, through which we are presented different kinds of love experience.

Ex Oriente Film 2006 / East European Forum 2006 / East Silver 2008