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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.

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East Doc Platform

East Doc Platform Awards


Announcement: 17.30 (5.30pm) - March 9, 2012, Archa Theatre;  within East doc Platform opening ceremony

During the opening ceremony, Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) will award two films in various stages of development.

The awarded projects in production and post-production stages will receive from IDF a financial support of EUR 700. According to specific needs of the winning projects, IDF offers the authors either intensive one-on-one rough cut consultations with some of our regular experts/editors (Erez Laufer, Niels Pagh Andersen and others) or a made-to-measure support of the same value.


The three-member jury will pick the winners in three categories:

East Doc Platform - Golden Funnel Award for a documentary project in development and production
- nominees drawn from East European Forum selection

2) East Doc Platform Award for a documentary project in post- production
- nominees drawn from Doc Launch presentation




East Doc Platform - Golden Funnel Award for a documentary project in development and production



Opstrup Mikael

Mikael Opstrup
occupation: Organization Representative, Producer
country: Denmark
A dedicated documentarist since making my first documentary – now hidden for the public in my cellar - in 1977. In 1979 I graduated with a degree in Film from the University of Copenhagen. Most of the 80’s I worked with distribution and theatrical release of documentaries. Attended script writing at the Danish Film School in 1988. Freelance Producer and Production manager up through the 90’s. Organized the film festival Films from the South from 1995-98. Made a desk cross-over from 1998-2002, where I worked as Production Adviser at the Danish Film Institute. Attended EAVE 1998/99. Since 2000 I have worked as tutor at a large number of workshops and forums around Europe and in the Middle East. From 2002-2008 co-owner and producer at Final Cut Productions in Copenhagen where I produced a number of international documentaries. Board member of EDN from 2005 to 2008, the last year as Chairman. In 2009 Film Strategic Adviser of the Middle East at International Media Support. Also from 2009 I serve as lead production tutor at Ex Oriente Film Workshop. From 2011 Head of Studies at EDN.


Pazienza Claudio

Claudio Pazienza
occupation: Director
country: Belgium
company: Komplot films etc.
Claudio Pazienza was born in Roccascalegna, Italy in 1962 and his family moved to Belgium a year later. He attended an Italian/Flemish school before taking his baccalaureate at the European School of Mol. In 1985, he obtained a diploma in European ethnology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He learned about cinema through indefatigable trips to the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and began shooting short films in Super 8 and later 16 mm. In 1991, the La Sept documentary unit funded his first documentary project (Sottovoce, 1993). He then devised several theme nights for the French-German TV network ARTE. In November 2003, the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information at the Centre Pompidou in Paris dedicated a retrospective to him. From time to time, Pazienza lectures at film schools (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Lussas, etc.) while living in Brussels.

Rawie Marijke

Marijke Rawie
occupation: Consultant
country: The Netherlands
company: ExpertDocs
Marijke Rawie (ExpertDocs) is an independent documentary consultant. ExpertDocs specializes in international Documentary Training & Consultancy, and works for various documentary festivals and pitching forums like HotDocs, IDFA, EBU, EDN, Ex Oriente Film, Dragon Forum, CoPro, Sunny Side of the Doc. Marijke Rawie is involved in initiatives like the current European Discussion on the Freedom of Expression and Information in Documentaries and she is one of the founders of aFACE, the Association for Fair Audiovisual Copyright in Europe. She is currently the Consultant for the Ex Oriente Film pitching training and a tutor at Documentary Campus Masterschool. From 1990 till 2006 she was Head of Art & Documentary at AVRO TV, the first public broadcaster in the Netherlands. In 1991 she founded the documentary slot AVRO Close Up which became one of the leading international co-producers and co-financiers of documentaries in Europe. She studied Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. After her studies she worked as an economic journalist for various national newspapers in the Netherlands, before she went to become a commissioning editor at the national TV in the Netherlands.






East Doc Platform Award for a documentary project in post- production


Fantl Héléna

Héléna Fantl
occupation: Training Representative
country: France
company: Archidoc - La fémis Workshop
Originally a linguist, Héléna is passionate about creating cross-cultural training environments. She runs two international documentary training workshops at La fémis, the French national film school: Archidoc, a European archive-based documentary film development workshop, and the Summer Class, a documentary training for young filmmakers from emerging countries. Prior to focusing on documentary development workshops, Héléna initated and organized international film school teachers platforms, and film and new media workshops.


Kilmurry Simon

Simon Kilmurry
occupation: Commissioning Editor
country: USA
company: American Documentary / POV
Simon Kilmurry joined American Documentary | POV in 1999 and was appointed executive director and executive producer in 2006. He oversees all aspects of American Documentary's programs and operations including the production of POV, PBS's award-winning documentary film series. Since 2006, POV has been honored with a Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, a Primetime Emmy Award, seven News & Documentary Emmy Awards, 41 Emmy Award nominations, six Academy Award nominations, three Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, the Full Frame Documentary Festival Industry Award, a Webby Award, and an Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity from the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). In 2009 and in 2011 POV received the Best Continuing Series Award from the International Documentary Association.Kilmurry has served on panels and juries at many festivals and conferences, including Silverdocs, INPUT, IDFA, DocAviv, Sheffield DocFest, Dok Leipzig and the Independent Film Market. He has served on a range of funding panels including the Jerome Foundation, the LEF Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting and the New York State Council on the Arts.


Nurkollari Veton

Veton Nurkollari
occupation: Festival Representative, Streaming
country: Kosovo
company: DokuFest – International Documentary and Short Film Festival
Veton Nurkollari is Director of Programming for DokuFest, Kosovo's largest documentary and short film festival, which he co-founded in 2002. He is also the curator of DokuPhoto, an annual showcase of documentary photography that runs alongside the festival. Veton is the member of the advisory board of the Balkan Documentary Center and is also a member of the selection committee of Cinema Eye Honors, an organization that recognizes and honors exemplary craft in nonfiction filmmaking. Currently, he is involved in the promotion of documentary film through the weekly screenings of educational documentaries in the series titled Documentary Mondays.