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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.

Pitching at Lisbon Docs

The annual pitching session Lisbon Docs is a great opportunity for you to pitch your documentary project to leading financiers as well as form new networks and alliances for future collaborations. So if you are a documentary maker with an international project in development Lisbon Docs is the place to be. Deadline for applying is September 5, 2011.


Lisbon Docs 2011

October 17 – 22, 2011
Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline: September 5, 2011

Lisbon Docs is a documentary pitching session consisting of:

- a pitching session with a panel of leading commissioning editors
- a pitching workshop preparing you and your project for the pitch
- master classes on international aspects of documentary making
- screenings of new documentaries

During Lisbon Docs 21 documentary projects will be developed during the intense workshop, pitched to a panel of leading broadcasters and individually matched for meeting with potential collaborators.

Lisbon Docs is open for all European documentary professionals and has a limited number of seats for participants coming from outside Europe. Submissions are accepted from professionals, who want to take part in an intense creative dialogue and development process as well as present their project to potential financiers and co-producers. In the past Lisbon Docs has proven to be successful in pushing filmmakers into the international scene.

A limited number of observer seats will also be available. When participating as an observer you will take part in all sessions on equal terms with the pitching participants. The only difference is not having a concrete project developed and pitched.



The workshop is taking place on October 18-20, but is kicked off with an intro dinner on the evening of October 17. In the intense working atmosphere of the pitching workshop, the 21 selected documentary projects are discussed, developed and turned upside down by colleagues and a tutor team of six internationally experienced professionals. The tutors of the workshop will be announced soon.

In addition to the tutor team the experienced Danish editor Jesper Osmund will be at the workshop to provide individual consultation on the improvement and shaping of the pitching trailers/pilots.

On October 21 and 22 all projects are pitched to a panel of 10-12 Commissioning Editors from leading international TV-channels. We will add the names of the commissioning editors as soon as they have confirmed their participation.

Following the pitching session match made individual meetings will be scheduled between the 21 pitch teams and the financiers to discuss the potential for further collaboration.
How to apply

Deadline for submitting a project for selection to pitching is on September 5. Please note that there is a specific submission procedure for Portuguese projects.

Your project presentation should include:

- A 2-page presentation of your project
- Visual material

The 2-page presentation
You submit your project by sending a 2-page presentation including the following elements:
- title, name of producer, production company and director, length, format & production plan/time of delivery
- short synopsis
- treatment with visual approach & reflections on the narrative
- the total budget amount
- a brief financing plan
- short CV & filmography of company and director
- contact details on producer/production company and/or director

The visual material
We prefer receiving applications accompanied by visual material; either as material already shot for the submitted project or as a previous work. You submit your visual material either as a DVD or by including a link to an online streaming facility. Please note that submitted DVDs will not be returned.

Portuguese Submissions
If you are based in Portugal please send your 2-page project presentation by email to Inês Mestre -

If you are submitting your visual material on DVD please send it to:

Apordoc - Associação pelo Documentário
Att: Inês Mestre
Largo da Madalena, nr 1, 1st floor, 1100-317 Lisbon

International Submissions
If you are based outside Portugal please send your 2-page presentation by email to EDN Head of Studies Mikael Opstrup via

If you are submitting your visual material on DVD please send it to:
Att: Mikael Opstrup
Vognmagergade 10, 1 floor
1120 Copenhagen K

Observer Submissions
If you want to apply for an observer seat please send your CV and a short motivation for your participation by email to Inês Mestre via

Feedback on the selection will be given at the latest by the end of September.

Participation Fee
Participation fees for Lisbon Docs are:
- First person connected to a project: 300 Euro
- Second person connected to a project: 200 Euro
- Observers: 200 Euro

EDN and Apordoc members get a 20% discount on the participation fee.

EDN Contact:
Mikael Opstrup
+45 3313 1122


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