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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.

Budapest Seminar for Projects on Minority Issues

A two-day seminar organized May 11 - 12 in Budapest by Finnagora and Documentary in Europe will help filmmakers and producers make the most of their documentary projects that deal with minority and human rights issues. Trailers, budgets, elevator pitch, case studies of The Punk Syndrome and Our School, and much more... Registration deadline: May 9!


Minority Issues and Human Rights As a Selling Point?
A 2-day seminar for filmmakers and producers with documentary projects on minority issues

Dates: May 11 - 12, 2012, 9:00 - 18:00
Venue: Kesztyűgyár Közösségi Ház, Hungary, Budapest, Mátyás tér 15
Registration deadline: May 9

Pitching of documentary proposals has become a must in Europe, specially for the young filmmakers and producers who still have to establish themselves on the market. Films on minority issues, like Roma, refugees or immigration can be tricky to sell: there’s many films on the market already. How to stand out with your project?

The 2-day seminar organized by Finnagora and Documentary in Europe will examine the different parts of a pitch: the written presentation, the visual materials, the verbal pitch. The special focus of this seminar is on projects about minority subject matters, e.g., Roma issues, human right issues, social justice etc. How to get international funding on topics that have already been covered in several programmes? What makes your film interesting also for the international audience? We’ll have a team of international experts to share their secrets.

During the two day seminar various issues will be touched, including: the potential of local stories; the various training initiatives supported by MEDIA (EAVE, Eurodoc, ESoDoc, Documentary Campus and Ex Oriente Film); the MEDIA funding system and how to get that money; international documentary funding (Independent TeleVision Service - ITVS, The Sundance Documentary Institute and others); facing the future and new forms of documentary funding; case studies (The Punk Syndrome, Our School), etc.

If you are working on a documentary project on minority issues, you also have the opportunity to send your project to us beforehand. We won’t develop the project during this seminar (a workshop for that will be organized in November) but we might use your project as an example in the general sessions.

The participation fee is 4,000 HUF/15 Euro per person/team. It is possible to get 70% student discount. The fee covers the tuition, lunch sandwiches and coffee/tea. The language of the seminar is English.

Confirm your participation by Wednesday the 9th of May to Ildikó Váradi-Sievers, ildiko.varadisievers(at), +36 30 8795676

More information: Leena Pasanen, Director of Finnagora, leena.pasanen(at), +36 20 5571579

Please browse the full programme here.


Founded in 2004, Finnagora is one of the 17 culture and science institutes of Finland. Finnagora operates in the fields of culture exportation, education, science and economy. Extensive cooperation with our Finnish, Hungarian and international network with our deep knowledge of the Finnish culture and know-how form the basis of our operation. Finnagora's activities in arts and culture concentrate on contemporary art, new forms of culture and innovative projects in different fields of art. Finnagora is a part of a Finnish cultural exportation network. 

Documentary in Europe is a non profit member association established to promote documentary filmmaking and foster opportunities for young talents, filmmakers and independent producers. Since 1997 it organizes the annual Italian pitching event called Documentary in Europe. Today it also manages the Super8misti project (an archive dedicated to the collection, digital transfer and promotion of private super8 family movies) and various seminars and training initiatives for documentary professionals. Documentary in Europe is supported by MEDIA and various local institutions and bank foundations. It partners with EDN, Fert and Doc/it (Italy), Documentor (Romania), Docedge (India), Documentary Campus and Reelisor (Germany).