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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 European Forum

East European Forum is the region's largest meeting of Central and East European documentary filmmakers with Europe's and North America's leading commissioning editors, independent producers, distributors, buyers, film fund representatives and festival programmers. Directors and producers present their projects for co-production, pre-sale, future distribution and other forms of financial support and cooperation.

The East European Forum is preceded by a 5-day preparatory workshop whose ultimate goal is to prepare participants for the public pitching session by working on their communication and presentation skills, finalizing the visual materials of their projects, and creating a plan for its sale and distribution. An integral part of the program are the inspirational lectures, case studies, masterclasses and panels devoted to different aspects of documentary filmmaking in an international setting. The workshop is followed by a 2-day Pitching Forum where all participants pitch their projects to international guests, meet them to negotiate about possible cooperation and hear their comments within the Feedback Round Tables and One-on-one Meetings.

Projects that attended the East European Forum become a part of the year-long follow-up support programme. This programme offers filmmakers the opportunity to continue promoting their upcoming films and search for partners through various delegations to key European documentary film festivals and markets.

Since its foundation in 2001, the East European Forum has become a prestigious meeting place that has hosted more than 700 filmmakers and producers from Eastern Europe, and over 300 commissioning editors, buyers and festival programmers. Almost 150 documentary films have been completed with the direct support of the East European Forum, with a number of them awarded at prestigious international festivals.

Since 2012, the East European Forum in Prague is one of the pillars of the EAST DOC PLATFORM, which is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film and is associated with the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. 


Focus: Funding, networking, promotion

Open to:  Creative feature length (52´up) documentary projects in the development and production stage represented by director and producer

Application deadline: December 1, 2015 (Applying is free of charge, possible through the online entry form HERE)

Pitching Workshop: March 7 – 11, 2016

Public Presentations/ Feedback Round Tables/ One-on-one meetings: March 12 – 13, 2016

Where: Prague, Czech Republic

Participation fee: 400 € per selected project/ producer/director team
(100 €  participation fee + 300 € fee for accommodation, lunches and coffee breaks)

Practical requirements: Proficiency in English + participation of both the director and the producer at the Forum Workshop and Pitching Forum

More information:
Veronika Lišková/ East European Forum Manager:
Kristyna Balaban/ East European Forum Coordinator: