DOKweb Content
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.
Institute of Documentary Film’s Activities
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.

East European Forum

 

Please note: Questionnaires attached to CVs include details on each CE's organization, programming focus and preferences. 

 

 

 

CLAUDIA BUCHER - ARTE G.E.I.E. Strasbourg (France)

Commissioning editor in the Theme evening department of ARTE G.E.I.E. in Strasbourg (France) since June 2000, I am in charge of theme evenings with factual, historical or cultural content. Recently I commissioned a number of international co-productions, such as The Polish Ambulance Murders (BBC/SVT and others 2008), Magic Moutain (ARTE/TSR/History Channel Italy 2009),  René Magritte (RTBF/ARTE 2009), Moon Inside You (ARTE/STV 2009), Sherpas – The True Heroes of the Everest (SF/ARTE 2009). I began working for ARTE in the programming and media research department of ARTE Deutschland in 1992.

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Jihlava: October 28 – November 1, 2009

 

 

TOM CASCIATO - WNET.ORG, THIRTEEN (USA) 

Tom Casciato is an award-winning television executive and documentary-film producer, director and writer. His critically acclaimed work has appeared on PBS, ABC, NBC, TBS and Showtime, both as stand-alone specials and on such diverse series as Frontline, National Geographic Explorer, Moyers on America and ABC News' Turning Point. His documentary Global Health: America's Response for the PBS program NOW was nominated for a 2006 Emmy for Best Report in a Newsmagazine. His work has received numerous awards including two Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton, the Peabody Award, the Dateline Club's Society of Professional Journalists First Amendment Award, the Harry Chapin Media Award, the Christopher Award, and honorable mention for the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He is Executive Producer and co-creator of the PBS series Exposé: America's Investigative Reports and Executive Producer of the international-affairs documentary series Wide Angle. He is also the Director of News & Current Affairs for THIRTEEN, WNET.ORG.

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 1, 2009

 

 

CAROLINE COUTTS - Knowledge (Canada)

Caroline Coutts is an Assistant Programmer at Knowledge, where she currently coordinates independent production for the network and reviews pre-licenses, development and international pre-buys. She has worked as a programmer for the past 15 years, and has held positions with the National Film Board of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour, the Pacific Cinematheque Pacifique and Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society. In her other life,
Caroline is an independent filmmaker.

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Jihlava: October 28 – November 2, 2009

 

 

 

SILKE HEINZ - MDR (Germany)

Born in 1966, Silke Heinz studied Philosophy and Social Sciences in Berlin, receiving her M.A. in 1990. In 1990 she started working at the East German television network DFF as a trainee researcher and editor. Since 1991 Silke Heinz is a commissioning editor at the Department of Politics, Current Affairs and History on MDR, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, supervising various documentary projects, occassionally directing documentaries. In 1998 she spent a few months at the Duke University, North Carolina in the Media Studies programme. She is currently responsible for MDR documentaries dedicated to history and social issues.

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 2, 2009

 

 

MARJE JURTSHENKO - ETV2 (Estonia)

Born in 1977, Estonia. Since 2000, Marje has worked in Estonian Public Broadcasting as a a comissioning editor and buyer for documentary films and children's programming. From 2009 she has taken over the responsibilities of Head of Programming of ETV2. Has been involved with the production of several documentary films and TV programs and the development of feature films. Organiser of Baltic Event, an international co-production market for feature films, that takes place annually in Tallinn.

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Jihlava: October 29 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

CYNTHIA KANE - ITVS International (USA)

In January 2007, Kane moved cross-continent to work as Programming Manager for ITVS International overseeing the initiative and the International Call for funding. ITVS International promotes an international exchange of documentary films made by independent producers, bringing international voices to U.S. audiences and stories from the U.S. to audiences abroad.  ITVS International has co-produced 81 international documentaries since its inception in 2005, including the multi-award winning Waltz With Bashir.  Prior she’s had many incarnations from actor to writer to producer. She co-created DOCday on Sundance Channel during her 10-year tenure there.

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Jihlava: October 28 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

TOMASZ KOLANKIEWICZ - TVP Kultura (Poland)

Working in feature and documentary film editing team in TVP Kultura since 2007. Responsible for picking and programming both feature and documentary movies. Specially interested in artistic cinema, and documentaries on cultural topics and current affairs. 

 

Jihlava: October 27 –  31, 2009

 

 

 

 

CYNTHIA LÓPEZ - American Documentary, POV - PBS (USA)

Vice President, American Documentary/P.O.V. Cynthia López has been with P.O.V. since 2000, serving first as Communications Director. She is responsible for development of programming content, broadcast distribution, communications and marketing, and strategic development. Before joining P.O.V., López spent four years at Libraries for the Future as Advocacy Director, developing innovative strategies to serve some of the nations poorest libraries. Her previous experience in public media includes stints as Acting Executive Director of Deep Dish TV Network and Executive Producer of Satellite University Network. López is a founding board member of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and is an advisor to REEL New York (Thirteen/WNET New York). She has been a presenter at a variety of venues including: White House Conference on Libraries, MIT, Brown University, UN Women’s Conference.

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 2, 2009

 

 

CHARLOTTE GRY MADSEN - DR TV (Denmark)

Charlotte Gry Madsen has an MA in media studies from Copenhagen University and supplementary training in documentary co-production and financing. Worked with television production until she was employed as sales and programme consultant by DR's international sales department in 1998.  

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Jihlava: October 28 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

HJALMAR PALMGREN - SVT (Sweden)

Born in 1961, Hjalmar Palmgren has worked in the field of documentary film since the late 1980s, both as a director and a producer. Graduated from the Stockholm Film School. His films include, for example, Maybe Playing the Harp (Kanske sitter man på en molnkant och spelar harpa, 1997), an acclaimed portrait of two drug addicts suffering from AIDS. Palmgren previously held a position as film commissoner at the Swedish Film Institute (SFI). Currently he works as a commissioning editor for K Special, a strand for documentaries on art and culture at SVT. 

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

HERIBERT SCHNEIDERS - MDR (Germany)

Born 1954 in Mesenich, West Germany; 1961 – 1971 school; 1971 – 1980 worked in several jobs; 1982 – 1982 Highschool at Koblenz; 1982 – 1988 University Gießen - Department Drama, Theatre, Media; Freelance producer for fiction and documentary film; since 1992 commissioning editor at MDR.

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 2, 2009

 

 

 

 

CHARLES SCHUERHOFF - PBS International (USA) 

Charles Schuerhoff has thirty years experience in the field of international television program distribution plus six years of production background. He founded and ran the distribution office of WGBH/Boston for seven years, where he was responsible for both co-productions and sales of the Nova and Vietnam War series, among others. In 1980, he founded CS Associates, a distribution company specialized in documentaries (Ken Burns' The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz; Alex Gibney’s The Trials of Henry Kissinger, American in the Fifties, Martin Scorsese presents The Blues, as well as many single programs, such as The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill; Lost Boys of Sudan, and Sound and Fury. In October 2006, Charles returned to WGBH, joining WGBH International as Director of Acquisitions and Sales and merging the CS Associates catalogue. WGBH International is the distribution arm of WGBH TV, producer of such PBS series as Nova, Frontline and American Experience.

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Jihlava: October 28 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

WIM VAN ROMPAEY - Lichtpunt (Belgium)

Married and with two children, Master's degree in Modern History at the Free University of Brussels in 1975. Since 1981, producer of Lichtpunt, an independent broadcaster and has a twoweekly TV-programme on the second channel of the Flemish public broadcast (VRT).

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

JENNY WESTERGARD – YLE (Finland)

Jenny Westergard is a graduated journalist from Helsinki University and has been working for YLE The Finnish Broadcasting Company since 1985. Currently she is working as a commissioning editor for documentaries in the YLE Co-production Department. YLE FST (Finlands Svenska Television) is the Swedish language channel on YLE. FST offers full service 7 days a week with an average broadcast of 2200 hours/ year. The main language is Swedish, but all programmes are subtitled to Finnish. At the moment YLE FST has two weekly slots for documentaries; focusing on contemporary, social, political, human interest strong stories with good characters.  

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

BARBARA WIESSING - IKON (Netherlands)

Barbara Wiessing (1955) trained as a journalist. She has twenty years of experience in documentary acquisition for Dutch public broadcasters; working for IKON's documentary department since 2002, deputy commissioning editor since 2005.

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Jihlava: October 30 – November 2, 2009

 

 

 

GENA TEODOSIEVSKA - MRT (Macedonia)

 

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Jihlava: October 28 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

MARTINA ŠANTAVÁ - HBO Czech Republic (Czech Republic)


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Jihlava: October 27 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

MONIKA MIKUŠOVÁ - STV (Slovakia)

Monika Mikušová studied history and theory of art (MA) and film science (PhD.) in Bratislava. Currently she works as a programme buyer and editor for the Slovak Television and lectures at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava.

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Jihlava: October 29 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

JENNIFER ROSS - Al Jazeera English (UK)

Documentary Acquisition: research/scouting; screening, licence negotiations, in-house assistant producing

Al Jazeera English, AJE, is a global news channel broadcasting into 100 million homes. It aims to give a worldwide perspective, encouraging new voices not previously heard. Witness is the channel’s flagship daily documentary strand presented by Rageh Omaar from our London studios. In particular, it aims to showcase the talents of the world’s multi-skilled documentary makers. With inspirational or provocative stories, Witness is providing a fresh insight into the world’s key events as they impact on the daily lives of ordinary people, with intimate character led accounts. Witness has two slot lengths, 22 minutes (for which we acquire and commission) and 43 minutes (for which we acquire).

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Jihlava: October 28 – November 1, 2009

 

 

MILAN KRUML - TV NOVA (CZech Republic)

Senior analyst  TV Nova, CME Prague
Education: Charles University of Prague, Faculty of Journalism
Working Experiences: Foreign Reporter – weekly magazine Mladý svět (1986 – 1995), science and media – weekly newsmagazine Týden (1995 – 1999), foreign desk – daily newspaper MF Dnes (1999 – 2001), media analyst TV Nova (2001 – today).
Skills: languages: english, german, russian

 

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RIALDA OCUZ - BHRT (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

 

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Jihlava: October 29 – November 1, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

KAMILA ZLATUŠKOVÁ - Czech TV  (Czech Republic)

Commissioning editor.
In 2006, graduated from the Janacek Academy in radio and TV dramaturgy and scriptwriting; in 2007 received a BA in journalism from the Masaryk University in Brno. From 2003-2004 attended Nebraska University as a Rubitschek Scholar (major: broadcasting). Currently finishing her PhD studies of dramaturgy and creative writing (Janacek Academy) and political science (Masaryk University). Since March 2006, Kamila has worked in Czech TV as a commissioning editor for documentary films and factual programming. Since September 2007, she has been a lecturer at the Janacek Academy (seminar: TV Documentary Filmmaking I, II).

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ALENA MÜLLEROVÁ - Czech TV (Czech Republic)


Born 1962, Chomutov, Czech Republic
Studied at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) – graduated with diploma (Mgr.) – dramaturgy and scriptwriting
WORK EXPERIENCE
1998- present   Czech Television – Head of Documentary department, Program strategy and  development, now Head of Educational  Department
1986-1998 KRATKY FILM Praha a.s. (Since 1993 – Program Director)
HONORS:
Kristián The Best Czech Documentary Film Award for the title Vzpomínáš  - script co-writer
2x Czech Literary Fund Award for documentary films script editing





ANNE-KATHRIN BRINKMANN - ZDF/ARTE (Germany)

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Jihlava: October 30 - November 1, 2009