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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


The following tutors are confirmed to take part in the upcoming Forum workshop in Prague:



McAllister Sean

Sean McAllister
ocuppation: Director
country: United Kingdom
company: Tenfoot Films
Sean McAllister is an award-winning documentary filmmaker celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting talents. From his early films WORKING FOR THE ENEMY (1997) and MINDERS (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning LIBERACE OF BAGHDAD (2004) and JAPAN: A STORY OF LOVE AND HATE (2008), Sean’s work continues to inspire, surprise and fascinate audiences. His films portray, with characteristic intimacy and frankness, people from different parts of the world who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, trying to make sense of the world we live in. His most recent feature THE RELUCTANT REVOLUTIONARY (2012) about a Yemeni tour guide turned revolutionary will be opening the Panorama Dokumente at the 62nd Berlinale.

Pazienza Claudio

Claudio Pazienza
ocuppation: Director
country: Belgium
company: Komplot films etc.
Claudio Pazienza was born in Roccascalegna, Italy in 1962 and his family moved to Belgium a year later. He attended an Italian/Flemish school before taking his baccalaureate at the European School of Mol. In 1985, he obtained a diploma in European ethnology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He learned about cinema through indefatigable trips to the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and began shooting short films in Super 8 and later 16 mm. In 1991, the La Sept documentary unit funded his first documentary project (Sottovoce, 1993). He then devised several theme nights for the French-German TV network ARTE. In November 2003, the Bibliothèque Publique d’Information at the Centre Pompidou in Paris dedicated a retrospective to him. From time to time, Pazienza lectures at film schools (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Lussas, etc.) while living in Brussels.




Tschurtschenthaler Georg

Georg Tschurtschenthaler
ocuppation: Producer
company: Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
Born December 20, 1974 in Innichen, Italy, Georg Tschurtschenthaler studied economics and communication sciences in Vienna. After working as a business consultant he started his career in film industry in 2003 as a freelance producer and production manager for both documentary and fiction films. Since January 2009, he works as producer for documentaries and cross-media projects in Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduction, one of the major German documentary production companies based in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne.



Rose Mandy

Mandy Rose
Mandy Rose is a Senior Research Fellow in the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England, an award-winning documentary and interactive producer with experience in commissioning, management and strategy in a converging broadcast environment. Mandy’s practice-led research looks at what’s happening where documentary meets the social, semantic and open web and in the role of the documentary producer as context provider, catalyst, curator in that environment. She is interested in the social, political and cultural potential of participatory and collaborative forms. Mandy has been involved with interactive and participatory media since the mid-nineties. She has overseen projects including BBC 2's ground-breaking "mass observation" camcorder project - Video Nation (94-2000), Capture Wales (2001-2007), a pioneering digital storytelling project in the UK (BAFTA Cymru). Voices (2004) – an early BBC foray into transmedia - (Webby nominated) MyScienceFictionLife (2006) (Webby Honoree) - a collective history of British science fiction. Mandy blogs at CollabDocs and twitters @CollabDocs. She is a contributing Editor to the i-Docs website.




Rawie Marijke

Marijke Rawie
ocuppation: Consultant
country: The Netherlands
company: ExpertDocs
Marijke Rawie (ExpertDocs) is an independent documentary consultant. ExpertDocs specializes in international Documentary Training & Consultancy, and works for various documentary festivals and pitching forums like HotDocs, IDFA, EBU, EDN, Ex Oriente, DragonForum, CoPro, Sunny Side of the Doc. Marijke Rawie is involved in initiatives like the current European Discussion on the Freedom of Expression and Information in Documentaries and she is one of the founders of aFACE, the Association for Fair Audiovisual Copyright in Europe.She is currently the Consultant for the Ex Oriente Pitching Training and a tutor at Discovery Campus Masterschool.From 1990 till 2006 Marijke Rawie was Head of Art & Documentary at AVRO TV, the first 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-financiers of documentaries in Europe. She studied Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. After her studies she worked as an economic journalist for various national newspapers in the Netherlands, before she went to become commissioning editor at the national tv in the Netherlands.





Bozhilova Martichka

Martichka Bozhilova
ocuppation: Journalist, Producer
country: Bulgaria
company: Agitprop Ltd.
Martichka Bozhilova is producer of AGITPROP since 1999. Her films include the internationally awarded Georgi and the Butterflies, The Mosquito Problem and other stories, and Corridor #8, as well as See You at the Eiffel Tower which premiered at IDFA 2008. She is also one of the producers of the first BG film omnibus 15 and producer of the first original Bulgarian productions for HBO, Paradise Hotel and Concrete Pharaohs. In 2006 she received the International Trailblazer Award, launched by Robert Redford and Sundance Channel at MIPDOC in Cannes. Director of Balkan Documentary Center (BDC) for supporting documentary filmmakers from the Balkans. Lecturer at various European workshops and events in the field of documentary cinema. Ambassador of the European Documentary Network (EDN) to Bulgaria.





Opstrup Mikael

Mikael Opstrup
ocuppation: Organization Representative, Producer
country: Denmark
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.





Müller Tue Steen

Tue Steen Müller
ocuppation: Organization Representative, Consultant
country: Denmark
Born 1947, Tue has worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board (Statens Filmcentral) - as press secretary, head of distribution and information, and as a commissioning editor. He wrote articles for national and international newspapers and magazines, co-founded Balticum Film- and TV-Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN. Tue has travelled to documentary festivals, often as a jury member, has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 40 countries. In 2004 awarded the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to Danish and European documentary culture. In 2005 awarded a prize at the DOCLisboa for his contribution to the international development and promotion of Portuguese documentaries. Since the foundation in 1996, he became the director of EDN (European Documentary Network) and later obtained the EDN Life Achievement Award in 2005. From 2006 works as a freelance consultant and teacher at films schools in Danish and European documentary matters, until 2009 Head of Studies at the IDF Ex Oriente documentary programme for Eastern European documentarians. Teacher at EU MEDIA Programme workshops like Baltic Sea Forum and Archidoc, programme consultant for film festivals including ”Magnificent7” in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona and DOKLeipzig. From September 2007, Tue is a core teacher at the Zelig Documentary Film School, Bolzano, Italy. During 2009-2010 Head of Studies at Storydoc, a development workshop targeti...





Neumann Stan

Stan Neumann
ocuppation: Director, Editor
country: France
Born in 1949 in former Czechoslovakia and based in France, Stan Neumann started his film career as an editor and makes inventively constructed documentaries on culture and history. Has made over 30 documentary films/series, including: The Last Marranos (70', 1990); Rainer Maria Rilke (52', 1997); A House in Prague (70', 1998); Norman Mailer's America (3x52', 1998-99); Apparatchiks & Businessmen (52', 2001); L'Expressionnisme allemand (65', 2005); Buren et le Guggenheim (60', 2006); The Hidden Life of Masterpieces - Rembrandt (43', 2009); La Photographie surréaliste (26', 2009); Stargazer, (90', feature film produced by Les Films d’Ici / Arte Cinema, 2010, release planned for spring 2011); Les Primitifs de la Photographie (26', 2010). Since 1994, along with Richard Copans, he has been in charge of the TV collection Architectures (Arte/Les Films d’Ici/Musée d’Orsay/Musée du Louvre/Centre Georges Pompidou/Dapa). So far 40 films (x26’) have been made, Stan Neumann has directed 17 of them.