Ex Oriente Film
Ex Oriente Film is an international training programme launched by the Institute of Documentary Film. It is aimed at the development and funding of creative documentary films in Central and Eastern Europe. The core of the Ex Oriente Film training is based on three week-long residential workshops held over the year. Each year we select up to 14 projects that receive assistance from a wide range of film experts, with each workshop focusing on a different segment of development. Our participants are given a tailored guidance in developing the subject, narrative and the visual style of their projects, making drafts of a financing and distribution strategy, and finding international partners. The course culminates in the pitching sessions of projects at the East European Forum co-production meeting, featuring the final pitching in front of Europe's and North America´s leading commissioning editors, distributors, buyers and film fund representatives. A follow-up programme tracks projects till their completion, providing former participants with consultation and scholarships for international festivals and markets, helping to multiply their professional contacts, as well as to finalize the narrative and editing structure of their rough cuts at Ex Oriente Film EditLab.
Ex Oriente Film was established in 2003 as the very first training initiative for East European creative documentary film. Since its foundation, the workshop has offered year-long support to over 150 documentary projects, providing the mentoring and contacts necessary to break through to the international market.