East Doc Platform
March 8 | 17:00 –18:30 |CASE STUDY/ PANEL DISCUSSION: End of Story - Cross Media in Eastern Europe| Case study bringing in the documentary projects Word in Pain and Six Degrees, followed by a panel discussion with Liz Rosenthal (UK), Mandy Rose (UK) and Georg Tschurtschenthaler (D).
Open for: All types of EDP & One World accreditations
Where: Archa Palace, Battery Hall
Organized by: IDF and MEDIA Desk Czech Republic
Cross-media have been among the most discussed new trends in documentary film. New technologies invite new ways to consume documentary content and open up new production and distribution opportunities. In Western Europe, a number of groundbreaking projects that pave the way for others have already seen the light of day, broadcasters change their programming and budgets to account for the new platforms, and the MEDIA Programme has launched a special scheme for cross-media projects. The growing support for cross-media has generated across-the-board debates about possible implications, including the changing status and funding of stand-alone documentaries, and new ways of non-linear storytelling. It remains to be seen whether we have already found a working and sustainable business model to replace the relatively stable film market that has been in place for several decades.
Even more interestingly, we are still to see whether new technologies completely change the shape of documentary film as we know it.
It might seem that Eastern Europe has been lagging in adopting the new trend. The Institute of Documentary Film in the past organized a number of case studies and presentations, with international producers, broadcasters and independent cross-media experts introducing cross-media projects and their development, production, marketing and audience success.
The open programme of the East Doc Platform now focuses on Eastern Europe and initiates debate about cross-media issues within the regional context. Instead of introducing projects developed by major players such as ARTE or Channel 4, we are introducing two projects from the former socialist bloc (Poland and Armenia) in different stages of development that enjoy a different level of local support. We want to find out to what extent the success stories of other cross-media projects translate into regions like Armenia that has just a handful of independent producers active in the international scene and that cannot access support from MEDIA.
Instead of offering a general survey, we have asked three experts to look at the selected projects from a very practical point of view, and to suggest possible next-step strategies.
This panel discussion about cross-media projects in Eastern Europe should provide a practical perspective on the benefits and drawbacks of cross-media as applicable to the real possibilities of our region.
Poland, 52 min, Experimental, Personal View, Portrait, Social Issues, Society
A Film inspired by the theory ‘Six degrees of separation’ by Stanley Milgram. The theory is based on an assumption that every single person in the world can be reached through a maximum of 6 personal connections. Six degrees is a road movie: a four-person crew sets off on a journey to find the chain of connections between two people (chosen at random) who are complete strangers. Who will be the first and the last person on this chain? The crew travels around for around 3 months to examine how strong the relationships between human beings are and if the ideas about the others’ lives are in line with reality. In this ever shrinking world are we really closer to each other?
Tcavitc Tsnvats Khosqy , Armenia, 85 min, DCP, Archive , Drama doc, Experimental, Human Rights, Social Issues
Pain of loss, uncertainty, demand of justice make bodies come together, move and speak together, lay another claim to public space. What is the true nature of relationship between the power system and its subjects in military establishments?Since 1994 more than 1500 military servants deceased in Armenia in uncertain circumstances and only 25 died on the frontline while under fire. Most of them are subject to constant assaults and human rights violations. This is the result of the Soviet legacy, its regulations and relationship code between the soldiers and officers.