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.

BRITDOC/PUMA Award Winners and New Call

Armenian filmmaker Vardan Hovhannisyan is among the recipients of the latest round of Channel 4 Britdoc's development grants, organized in partnership with Puma. Out of over 350 submissions, 10 proposals were selected, including new projects by Penny Woolcock, Geoffrey Smith and Eva Weber. Submissions for the current awards close at the beginning of March 2011.


PUMA Creative Catalyst Award
Financial support for the development of documentary films
Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation + PUMA.Creative

There are 40 awards available annually of up to 5,000 Euros each, given through quarterly open calls. The awards are open to emerging and established filmmakers working anywhere in the world.

We welcome one-off, creative documentary ideas of any length and subject, in any style and form, but we are particularly keen on ideas that address creative, social justice, peace or environmental issues globally.

Armenian filmmaker Vardan Hovhannisyan received a grant for the development of his latest project Armenia Wants a Piece of the North Pole, and the South Pole Too. Click here to see other previously funded projects in development.

The call for applications is now open and will close at 6pm, March 2, 2011.


PUMA. Creative Impact Award

A major new annual international award to honour the documentary film creating the most significant social impact, a film liable to have a lasting effect on the world and on people’s lives. With a €50,000 prize to acknowledge the filmmakers and help the continuation of the film’s campaign work. Anyone can put a film forward from any country – filmmakers, distributors film festival, partner organisations including NGOs and Foundations, film critics, journalists.

Films can be submitted for consideration between January 2011 (date TBC) - March 1, 2011 via

The short list of the 5 strongest films will be announced in May 2011. The final winner will be announced at the Annual PUMA.Creative and Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation Gala and Prizegiving ceremony in the summer of 2011.