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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.

East Doc Platform Directory

With the EEF participants arrival on Monday, the Institute of Documentary Film holds the brand new umbrella event titled East Doc Platform, supporting creative documentary projects and completed films from Central and Eastern Europe. For the first time, documentaries in all stages of development will come to Prague, taking part in the traditional IDF activities like East European Forum, Doc Launch, Project Market and East Silver. Besides that, the event features a slate of supporting open programme activities, from lectures and screenings to master classes and panel discussions, while providing every visiting professional and guest with significant networking possibilities. While the East Doc Platform detailed programme itself has been completed and is available on the website, you can skim through this East Doc Platform directory which serves you as a concise online walkthrough, keeping you informed about the East Doc Platform contents.






MARCH 5 - 11, 2012


East European Forum | Doc Launch presentation | Project Market | East Silver Videolibrary | Master Classes | Panel Discussions | Co-production Breakfasts | Case Studies | Lectures | Networking Dinners | Special screenings | Closer Look | One World




Please note: that East Doc Platform open programme is accessible also to the holders of the Open programme visitor accreditation – available at Langhans Festival Centre for 100 CZK. (book your visitor pass at


East Doc Platform Programme

You can learn all the details about dates, times & locations of East Doc Platform industry programme through the weekly updated DETAILED SCHEDULE.
Should there be any sudden changes in the programme, locations or schedule, we will keep you updated through homepage, tweet it on our
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East Doc Platform is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film in association with the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. While the festival venues are spread around the town, IDF hosts all East Doc Platform events in Archa Palace and Archa Theatre, one of the most remarkable buildings in Prague’s center.

Palác Archa a divadlo Archa, Na Poříčí 26, Praha 1



The list of all East Doc Platform guests is ready. Their names and updated information are available through the list of all our guests. If you are visiting East Doc Platform with a project submitted for Project Market, you can browse the guest list and try your luck asking our coordinator Krystyna ( to arrange you a meeting right on the spot.






East European Forum | March 5 – 11, 2012 | Prague
•    East European Forum Workshop | March 5 – 9, 2012
•    Public Presentations + Feedback Round Tables | March 10 – 11, 2012

The East European Forum is the region's largest meeting of East European documentary filmmakers with Europe's and North America´s leading commissioning editors, distributors, buyers and film fund representatives. In the newly introduced presentation model (Doc Presentations followed by Feedback Round Tables), directors and independent producers offer their projects for co-production, pre-sale or other forms of financial support.  There will be 16 projects presented, specifically selected for the Forum. Over 80 documentary films have been completed with the direct support of the East European Forum, with a number of them awarded at prestigious international festivals. Their database is available

You can browse the list of projects selected for the upcoming East European Forum with basic production details on our website. We have also announced the line-up of this year’s tutors who will train the participants during the Forum workshop.



Doc Launch Presentation | March 8 - 10, 2012 | Prague

Doc Launch presentation annually introduces 9 handpicked feature-length documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe. Festival programmers, distributors, sales agents, members of the press and audiences get the first glimpse on films in post-production that are slated for theatrical release over the next year. Doc Launch focuses on extraordinary documentary projects ready for theatre distribution, many of them gained international acclaim and their list is available here.

For the Doc Launch presentation edition in Prague, we have recorded over 50 submissions and selected the following documentaries in post-production. Even Doc Launch participants will have a chance to consult their rough cuts with renowned editors on the eve of their presentation session which takes place on March 9.





Project Market | March 8 – 10, 2012 | Prague



We have established Project Market in order to enforce networking activities and grant the filmmakers with an easy access to one-on-one meetings with commissioning editors, comissioning editors, buyers, programmers and sales agents. It is open for all the projects picked specifically for Project Market, Doc Launch Presentation, East S ilver Videolibrary and National Days.

Project Market coordinator Krystýna Mogilnická ( is accepting requests to book one-on-one meetings with our guests. To choose the professional you would like to set up a meeting with, please, browse our guest list. The list is being updated and will be finalized by February 13. Since then we strongly recommend you contact Krystýna as soon as possible - the schedule will fill fast and your requests will be gathered by February 27.


East Silver Videolibrary | March 6 – 11, 2012 | Prague

This year is the first one to introduce East Silver twice a year in two cities in the Czech Republic. While the upcoming East Silver Market takes place, as usually, in Jihlava in October, IDF brings you a new round of Eastern European documentary films also in March in Prague, titled East Silver Videolibrary and held within the new East Doc Platform. The main goal of the East Silver Videolibrary is to provide a compact overview of fresh documentaries from the region more than yearly, creating better conditions for the circulation of finished Eastern European documentaries and thus make the quality docs accessible in broader spectrum. As a result, East Silver makes all the selected films available online. An important feature of the film market is the set of Industry screenings, co-production breakfasts, lectures and presentations of distribution companies and key markets. In addition to that, East Silver devotes its year-long work to selection of approximately 30 promising titles within East Silver Caravan which is being dispatched to nearly 80 film festivals. As for the year 2012, we have recorded 128 festival appearances and 15 awards.

The database of all the documentaries that ever appeared at East Silver Market is available HERE and this year's selection will be updated by films included in East Silver Videolibrary.




>> East Doc Platform offers a wide range of supporting programme features that open some events to public. Particular places, dates and timetable will be available soon in the detailed programme:


Master Classes
Every year, Institute of Documentary Film offers the public Master Class series of several renowned documentary filmmakers and professionals who present their work. East Doc Platform in Prague features Sean McAllister, a respected documentarian and fearless journalist from Britain, a German filmmaker Rainer Komers, known for his observatory documentaries from around the world. Holders of both East Doc Platform and One World accreditations are welcome.The last Inspiring talk will be brought a Russian filmmaker Pavel Kostomarov who comes to Prague to showcase his new experimental documentary.

Case Studies
In the three individual sessions, three particular stories behind documentary films and its production are about to be presented and discussed by several international professionals. Martichka Bozhilova (BG) and Ann Carolin Renninger (D) are going to talk about the co-producing cases between Bulgaria and Germany, while the trio of debaters – Liz Rosenthal (UK), Mandy Rose (UK) and Georg Tschurtchenthaler (D) – is about to introduce Eastern European cross-media social projects. The last case study brought a Russian filmmaker Pavel Kostomarov to Prague to showcase his new experimental documentary.

Co-production Breakfasts
A cup of coffee, a bread roll or a croissant – all that could seem like an ordinary breakfast. At East Doc Platform, however, Institute of Documentary Film’s morning meals include also nutritious talks about co-production possibilities and upcoming documentaries in Central and Eastern European territories. This year’s flavors are Bulgaria, Austria and Germany.


Panel Discussions
In order to make sure a whole spectrum of different voices is heard, East Doc Platform programme features several panel discussions, giving use to the momentum of the lectures covering the most recent topics in documentary field. The talks are going to deal with the recent Polish film act, sales & distribution agreements or cross-media documentary-making.

The batch of public lectures providing an insight into some most contemporary trends in documentary production and distribution. The audiences will hear about social collaboration in documentary projects, new technologies transforming the production and distribution environments, presentation of the top European documentaries of the past year as well as an overview of documentary funding possibilities. Hosted by: Mandy Rose (UK), Liz Rosenthal (UK), Tue Steen Müller (Dennmark), Marijke Rawie (Netherlands) and Mikael Opstrup (Denmark).

Networking Dinners
Two informal dinners for East European producers and international commissioning editors, buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers bring new networking possibilities and an opportunity to establish contacts important for financing or distribution of upcoming and completed documentary films. By invitation only.

Special Screenings
There are two special screenings followed by Q&A’s with the directors. The first one presents Claudio Pazienza’s (Belgium) Scenes form a Wild Boar Hunt (2007) and the later brings in Sean McAllister’s documentary Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008).

Closer Look
A constructive debate that aims to confront the film laws in all countries in Visegrad region and brainstorm possible mutual benefits for the documentary production in the territory. Among debaters will be delegates from Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.