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www.DOKweb.net 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. www.DOKweb.net is IDF´s key online project that provides comprehensive details on all IDF´s activities and links them with general information service.
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Founded in 2001, the INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of East European documentary films and their wider promotion. Our activities support filmmakers through all stages of completion – development, funding, production, post-production, and distribution. We aim at individual filmmakers (tailored consultations), groups of carefully selected professionals with projects or films (Ex Oriente Film, East European Forum, East Silver, Doc Launch, etc.), broader professional community (East Doc Platform), as well as the general public (portal www.DOKweb.net). We closely work with key int. festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, or training initiatives and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM.

The EDN AWARD GOES TO JAN VRIJMAN FUND

The European Documentary Network (EDN) grants the EDN award 2006 to the Jan Vrijman Fund (JVF) for its outstanding contribution to the world wide documentary community. JVF plays a key-role in breaking the Western dominance on the documentary scene by securing that a diversity of films from all corners of the world are brought to our screens. (Photo: Jan Vrijman)


The European Documentary Network (EDN) grants the EDN award 2006 to the Jan Vrijman Fund (JVF) for its outstanding contribution to the world wide documentary community. JVF plays a key-role in breaking the Western dominance on the documentary scene by securing that a diversity of films from all corners of the world are brought to our screens.

The EDN Award was presented by EDN Director Leena Pasanen at an award ceremony held in connection with the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. To accept the award on behalf of the Jan Vrijmann Fund was Rada Sesic and Fleur Knopperts (see picture).


Since 1998 JVF has been a vital source of funding for documentary filmmakers from developing countries with otherwise very limited access to funding. JVF has supported numerous talented filmmakers, not only helped them to make the films, but also to get them distributed. In addition they facilitate building up the documentary business in the developing world by supporting training workshops and festivals.



Jan Vrijman Fund
The Jan Vrijman Fund provides financial resources for documentary projects from developing countries. It funds research and script development, production and post production, distribution and sales. In addition, other activities such as the organisation of workshops, documentary film festivals and other educational programmes, are eligible for support. JVF was initiated by IDFA in 1998 and many of the supported films are screened at the festival.

Films supported by JVF include In the Dark by Sergey Dvortsevoy (Russia), Estamira by Marcos Prado (Brazil), And Along Came a Spider by Maziar Bahari (Iran), The Immortal by Mercedes Moncada Rodriguez (Nicaragua/Mexico/Spain), The Inner Tour by Raanan Alexandrowicz (Palestine), The Wall by Simone Bitton (Israel), Children of the Decree by Florin Iepan (Romania), Story of a Beautiful County by Khalo Matabane (South Africa), Svyato by Victor Kossakovsky, This is not Your Song by Adela Peeva (Bulgaria).

Director of Jan Vrijman Fund is Ally Derks. Coordinator is Isabel Arrate Fernandez.
For further information about the Jan Vrijman Fund contact:
Isabel Arrate Fernandez
Tel:+31 20 6273329
janvrijmanfund@idfa.nl
Jan Vrijmann Fund web page

The EDN Award
It is the second time EDN has presented The EDN award. It is ment to honour and recognise special achievement in the world of documentary film. The 2005 award went to Finnish broadcaster YLE.

The EDN AWARD GOES TO JAN VRIJMAN FUND