An important programme feature of the traditional pitching sesison East European Forum is the preliminary workshop which takes place in October 24 - 28, before the final project presentation. Supervised by European film professionals, the participants of the workshop are given the opportunity to go through a training that prepares them for individual parts of the meeting. The list of the tutors is available right here.
East European Forum 2011
October 24 - 30, 2011
Jihlava / CZ
East European Forum 2011 Workshop
October 24 - 28, 2011
Prominent European documentary producers, filmmakers, experts and distributors are the backbone of the team of tutors which provides the instruction and training, lectures, case studies, one-on-one meetings and group seminars. This year, the two head tutors of the Ex Oriente Film 2011 workshop Marijke Rawie and Mikael Opstrup are invited to lead also the participants of the East European Forum 2011 Workshop. Other tutors of both workshops will host the other one, too.
country: The Netherlands
Marijke Rawie, Managing Director of ExpertDocs, was during the last 17 years Head of Art Documentary at AVRO, 1st 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-financers of documentaries in Europe. She started her tv-career in1974. She worked as director and producer of documentaries at various Dutch broadcasters (NOS, VARA, NCRV), before she went to AVRO. Marijke Rawie is involved in several international documentary institutions: Vice President of EBU Documentary Expert Group; Vice President of Advisery Board Discovery Campus Masterschool; Boardmember of the 1st World Congress of Arts Producers; Doc.expert EDN; Doc. expert Eurodoc. She is the founder of ExpertDocs, International Documentary Training & Consultancy, in which she combines the international documentary coproduction and (pitching) training knowledge she has acquired over the years.
ocuppation: EDN Head of Studies, Producer
A dedicated documentarist since I made 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 88. 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 over 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 have produced a number of international documentaries. Board member of EDN since 2005 –08, 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.
Other tutors, lecturers and speakers of the East European Forum 2011 Workshop an Ex Oriente Film 2011 are:
ocuppation: Sales Representative
company: Wide Management
Anaïs Clanet began in the cinema industry in 2005 working for the cinema website www.allocine.com where she made interviews and covered press screenings to supply the database with updates for documentary titles such as The Kid Stays in the Picture. Anaïs pursued her master studies in History and Audiovisual. In 2006, she started an internship at Wide Management and took care of the international sales of the documentary catalogue. In 2007, she became Head of Sales and Acquisitions and took care of the fiction sales department as well. Loïc Magneron and herself opened Wide House, an independent documentary structure focused on documentaries sales.
ocuppation: Documentary film specialist
Sean Farnel is currently an unrestricted free agent, specializing in documentary, having recently departed his post as Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America's largest documentary festival, market and conference. Sean was recruited to this newly created position in November 2005, following six years as a staff programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. At Hot Docs, Sean was responsible for managing all Festival programming, including film curation and the Industry conference. He also created the popular Doc Soup screening series, as well as the Dog Mogul Award, and managed the Shaw Hot Docs Fund. Sean is a graduate of Cinema Studies from one of Canada’s most respected film schools, Concordia University. Upon graduation he received the Motion Picture Foundation of Canada Award for Most Outstanding Achievement. His occasional blog is RippingReality.com.
ocuppation: Director, producer
Award-winning director/producer Erik Gandini, born and raised in Italy, moved to Sweden at the age of 19. His 1994 debut feature Raja Sarajevo, shot in war-torn Sarajevo with a small hi-8 camera, gained great international acclaim. In 2000, he co-founded production company Atmo with Kristina Aberg and Tarik Saleh.
ocuppation: Director, Commissioning Editor
company: Danish Film Institute
Jakob Kirstein Høgel heads a talent development scheme (NDS), granting development and production support to documentaries, fiction and video games. NDS has recently supported films such as R (feature, main prize Mumbai and Gothenburg), Applause (feature, 2009, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Mumbai FF), Out of Love (30 min doc, 2010, Rotterdam, Berlin FF) and Dr. Nakamats (52 min doc, 2009, IDFA). Jakob K. Høgel co-founded and co-owned documentary production company, Cosmo Doc in 2004 and ran it for 3 years. He has produced award winning films, such as “Prostitution behind the Veil” (Emmy nominee 2005) and “Gasolin” (2006, the best grossing Danish documentary ever with 235.000 cinema tickets sold). From 1999 to 2004 he was commissioning editor for Documentaries & Shorts at the Danish Film Institute.
ocuppation: Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Scriptwriter
country: Czech Republic
company: FAMU - Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
Born in 1970, Janeček is a documentary filmmaker, scriptwriter, critic and lecturer. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague (film studies) and FAMU (documentary film). His creative interest consist in considering transversal aspects of reality - science, politics, society and thought, he contribute to various papers. For several years curated film programmes in Roxy and Archa Theatre in Prague and historical retrospectives on Karlovy Vary Film Festival. In 2003, co-founded the Centre for Audiovisual Studies, FAMU. Coordinator of FAMU's training programme in Burma. Director, collaborator on the following films: Rodina v poušti (1994), V centru filmu, v teple domova (co-director P. Marek, 1997), Houba (2000), Bitva o život (2000, co-directed by M. Janek and R. Vávra), Máme NATO? (NATO Inside Our Hearts, 2002), Pravidla hry - vymezení prostoru (Rules of the Game 2004), Dějiny Jaroslava Šabaty (History of Jaroslav Šabata, 2008), Dobrodružství Anny Barbory - Mezihra (The Adventure of Anna Barbora - An Interplay, 2008) a Ivetka a hora (Ivetka and the Mountain, 2008, Award for Best Czech Documentary Film, Jihlava IDFF).
ocuppation: Director, Producer, Editor
company: Sakdoc Film
Salomé Jashi is a documentary filmmaker based in Georgia. She was born in Soviet Union  and grew up during struggle for the country’s independence followed by civil wars. With first degree in journalism she studied documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London, Media Arts Department, MA Documentary by Practice. One of her student films was screened at he National Portrait Gallery as part of the discussion on self-portraiture. Her films are observational discovering tiny details that surprise but also evoke a feeling of some intuitive familiarity. Among other places Salomé’s films have been selected at Leipzig International Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Film , Cinéma du Réel in Paris , One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague .
company: Volya Films
Fleur Knopperts is producer at Rotterdam-based production company Volya Films since January 2009.Previously, she was Director of the FORUM for international co-financing of documentaries at IDFA in Amsterdam – the largest and most prestigious international documentary market in the world. She started her career working for International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and Festival a/d Werf – a festival for experimental theatre. After two years of alternating between these two festivals, she took up a fulltime position at the IDFA where, among other things, she co-organised the yearlong documentary script workshop. From 1998 until 2000, she was co-ordinator of the Jan Vrijman Fund, which gives financial support to documentary filmmakers from developing countries. In 2007 she worked for Doc/Fest in Sheffield where as Industry & Marketplace Director she set up MeetMarket – the new international marketplace in the UK for independent documentary projects in development. She is a graduate of the Eurodoc programme for documentary producers and the Binger Film Lab Script Editing Workshop, and she is a tutor for Doc Station at the Berlinale Talent Campus.
ocuppation: Distributor, Sales Representative
country: Czech Republic
company: Film Europe
Graduated from Psychology at Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia. Film Studies at University of Fine Arts FAMU in Prague. From 1999 worked as a production manager and a freelance producer for various production companies in Prague. In 2003 moved to Berlin and soon became Head of Sales Dept. at MDC Int., taking over the marketing strategy, sales and acquisitions in Eastern Europe, Balkan, Russia, Asia and English speaking territories. In 2008 she became the Managing Director of Film Europe, Sales and Development branch of SPI, a key distribution company in Eastern Europe. Has given lectures on film marketing strategies at University of Fine Arts in Prague and Charles University, lectures on marketing and sales strategies for various institutions and training workshops, such as Babylon, European Producers Club, Barrandov Studios, Train East, Screen Leaders. Helps as a program advisor for film festivals in East European region. Acts as an expert for EAVE training, Nipkow Programm.
company: Volya Films
Denis Vaslin graduated from the department of Slavic Culture & Languages of the Institute of Oriental Languages in Paris in 1994. After five years of working as a distributor and then for a production company in France, he moved to The Netherlands. From 1999 until 2004, he worked as a production coordinator/manager and as a line producer. In 2003, he produced Ineke Smits' documentary Putin's Mama (Silver Wolf Competition IDFA 2003). Denis started Volya Films in 2004 to produce author fiction films, creative documentaries and experimental movies, mainly as international co-productions. Volya Films works with both young and experienced filmmakers. Denis completed the Binger Film Lab in 2004 and is a graduate of the EAVE training program 2006, EURODOC 2007, and the Binger Company! Programme 2010. Denis Vaslin is a member of the European Film Academy and the Documentary Producers Netherlands. He created in 2011 Mandra Films with Lucas Rosant and Eric Mabillon in France.
ocuppation: Commissioning Editor
company: YLE TV2
Commissioning Editor for YLE TV2 Documentaries, Finland since 1998. Executive Producer for Steps For The Future and Another Finland and one of the Series Producers for Why Democracy. He is a board member in Steps International, Steps India and IDFA. In YLE he has commissioned several internationally awarded documentaries like 3 Rooms Of Melancholy by Pirjo Honkasalo, Decent Factory by Thomas Balmes, Gone To The Wind by Gennadi Gorodin, Recepies for Disaster by John Webster, The Journey by Markku Lehmuskallio, Lakshmi and Me by Nishta Jain, Paradise by Elina Hirvonen, In The Shadow Of Holy Book by Arto Halonen, Northern Star by Erkko Lyytinen and Riot On ! by John Hakalax. He has been a partner in several awarded documentaries produced in Asia, Middle-East and Africa. Before YLE he directed several awarded documentaries for Epidem and Musafilm, among them Past is Present, Amal, Inam, Naila, Man from the Shadow , Daughter of a Terrorist, Our Common Future? and Tehri - Two Journeys. Among the publications the most recent is a 2008 published book “Steps By Steps”, written together with Don Edkins.Currently, is off for a year from his post in the Finnish Broadcasting Company being a visiting professor in Tampere University, Finland. At the same time he still acts as an Executive Producer of an internet documentary strand Third Dimension (kolmasulottuvuus.fi).
TV Management Seminar lecturers Paul Pauwels, who also participates as East European Forum tutor, and Bjorn Erichsen:
Born February 3, 1949. In 1979 graduated in history from University of Copenhagen. 1972-91: lecturer at Krogerup Folkehøjskole (economics, history and political science). 1981-91: programme producer, DR TV. 1991-96: founder and principal of the European Film College, Ebeltoft. 1996-01: Managing Director of DR TV. 2001-01: Chairman of the Board, Nordvision. 2000-01: Chairman of the board, Nordmagi A/S. 2002-10: Director of Television, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in Geneva. Full member of the Executive Committee and responsible for all TV and New Media activities, except sport and news. Since 2010, International TV Consultancy Expert, currently working for Ictimai TV in Azerbaijan, BTRC in Minsk Belorussia, the film company Working Title in London UK. Lecturer at the Academy of Journalism in Kiev, Ukraine, and the European Television Management Academy (ETMA) in Strasbourg, France.
ocuppation: Film School Representative
company: ETMA - European Television & Media Management Academy
Paul Pauwels has been working as a unit manager and production manager on several Flemish feature films before founding in 1985 his own production unit Periscope Productions NV, specialising in factual production. Several of Periscope’s documentaries were awarded internationally. After selling his company in 2004, Paul Pauwels worked for a two-year period as Programme Manager at Flemish public broadcaster VRT. Having left the broadcaster in 2006 he became the director of the "european television and media management academy" (etma), a position he holds until today. Extensive experience in consulting and tutoring (sessions in almost 30 countries over the past 15 years). He’s teaching Documentary Production at the Flemish Film School KHLIM (Genk) and is regularly invited to moderate pitching sessions. Member of the selection committee for documentary projects of the Flemish Film Fund (VAF). Degree in Directing and Production of Belgian Film School RITCS, where he graduated in 1979.