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.


Doc Alliance, an association of Europe's five key documentary festivals - CPH: Dox Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and Visions du Réel Nyon - is awaiting the official launch of its initiative for feature documentary films. Its new online portal that will be up and running from March 1, 2009 will allow VOD access to some 250 documentary films.


VOD portal that offers a permanent access to outstanding documentary films selected by the five partner festivals

Official Launch: March 1, 2009



The New Deal for Feature Documentaries

Doc Alliance is a partnership which emerged as a result of the co-operative effort of five key European documentary film festivals – CPH:DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Planete Doc Review Warsaw and VISIONS DU REEL Nyon. The aim of the Doc Alliance initiative is to support the diversity of feature documentaries and to convince audiences of the fascinating, moving and instructive aspects of the cinéma du reel where reality surpasses fiction and becomes spectacular.

Doc Alliance was born with the awareness that new initiatives are needed to promote remarkable films to a general market that is less permeable to their circulation and commercialisation and to approach various audiences in every conceivable manner , ranging from cinema, television, DVD to VOD, and other networks. Its objective is to create an inventive and dynamic distribution platform for filmmakers and producers by offering attractive alternatives, debates, choices and perspectives.


Doc Alliance activities:

DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION represents five high-quality films, each selected by one of the Doc Alliance festival partners. The films tour at the  five festivals starting at  VISIONS DU REEL Nyon. At the end of the year an international jury decides about the “Doc Alliance Award”. In 2009 the Award will be handed over during the DOK Leipzig. The five national markets support the films at their festivals and in their theatrical, TV and DVD distribution.

WWW.DOCALLIANCEFILMS.COM is the new online portal of Doc Alliance (merged with the former Doc Air) for Video on Demand offering permanent access to 250 outstanding documentaries selected by the five partner festivals. Twenty new films are added monthly and these can be acquired through streaming or download.




About the festivals:

Visions du Réel - International Film Festival
April 23 - 29, 2009
Established in 1969 and renamed as Visions du Réel in 1995, the festival very quickly made a name for itself as one of the most important rendez-vous of this speciality cinema, both in Switzerland and on the international scene. Each year, the programme covers a broad range of documentary and experimental films from Switzerland and other parts of the world. Film professionals gather in Nyon for the annual Doc Outlook Market.


Planete Doc Review Warsaw 
May 8 - 17, 2009
The international documentary film review includes eight competitions and a variety of retrospectives, master classes and discussion panels. The festival aims to provide the Warsaw film audiences with an opportunity to see the latest top international productions. Planete Doc Review provides a platform for screening and debating films, discovering new documentary trends, and an opportunity for meeting the most renown and controversial documentary filmmakers.


DOK Leipzig - International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 26 - November 1, 2009

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film - DOK Leipzig – is the largest German and one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animated films. Founded in 1955, DOK Leipzig includes, among others, international competition for documentary and animated film, German competition for documentary film, and a number of key industry events, including the DOK Market.


Jihlava IDFF - Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
October 27 - November 1, 2009

Jihlava IDFF is the largest festival of creative documentary films in Central and Eastern Europe. It draws attention to socially relevant documentaries, which lack neither an innovative style and image, nor a depth of reflection and confrontation. In its three competitions, the Festival awards remarkable Czech as well as international documentary films, offers screenings dedicated to experimental film and organizes a host of industry events for film professionals.


CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
November 6 - 15, 2009
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is the largest documentary film festival in Scandinavia. Each year the festival fills the Copenhagen cinemas with a selection of more than 150 documentary films from around the world. During the ten festival days, CPH:DOX also presents five whole days of professional seminars and provides an international forum and meeting place with the newly founded DOX:FORUM.



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