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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.

Ex Oriente Film



JEAN-PIERRE REHM – Session One Lead Tutor / Managing Director, FIDMarseille (France)

Jean-Pierre Rehm is a French film theorist, critic and, since 2002, director of FIDMarseille – International Documentary Film Festival. A graduate of École Normale Supérieure, modern literature and philosophy, he was a lecturer of history and theory of film and art; he also worked at the French Ministry of Culture. Mr Rehm is an editor of Cahiers du Cinéma and a regular author of film and art reviews, exhibition catalogues, artist and filmmaker monographs. He has curated a number of exhibitions of contemporary art, both in France and abroad, e.g., in Egypt (Cairo Museum of Modern Art), the Netherlands (Witte de With, Rotterdam) or Japan (Yokohama Art Center).


MARIJKE RAWIE –  Workshop Moderator / Expert Consultant (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; 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.


MIKAEL OPSTRUP – Producer, Final Cut Productions (Denmark)

1955 Born in Copenhagen, Denmark; 1976-79, Degree in Film Studies at the University of Copenhagen; 1980-88, Appointed at Danish Film Center, distribution of shorts and documentaries; 1984-94, Independent Producer and production manager of shorts & documentaries for the National Film Board of Denmark, the Danish Film Institute and Danish TV; 1995-98, Initiator and manager of the festival Films from the South organized in cooperation with the Copenhagen Film Festival; 1993-98, Co-owner & Film producer at Manden med Cameraet. Producer of a number of international TV series & documentaries; 1998-99, Degree at EAVE, MEDIA Programme for ‘European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs’; 1998-2002, Production adviser / Shorts and Documentaries at the Danish Film Institute; 2000- Tutor at EDN related workshops; 2002- Co-owner & Head of documentaries at Final Cut Productions. Producer of e.g., The German Secret, IDFA 2004, Hot Docs Toronto 2005; EDN Board member from 2005 - 2009, from 2008 - 2009 as Chairman.


NIELS PAGH ANDERSEN  – Editor (Denmark)

Born in 1958, Niels Pagh Andersen started his career as an assistant to two of Denmark’s most important editors: Christian Hartkopp and Janus Billeskov Jansen. Since 1979 he has worked as a freelance film editor and has cut more than 250 films of widely different categories. Some examples of his award-winning work are: Dying - A Part of Living (dir. Dola Bonfils); Pathfinder (dir. Nils Gaup, Academy Award nomination); Betrayal (dir. Fredrik von Krusenstjerna, Nordic Panorama Prize 1995); The War Within (dir. John Fuegi and Jo Frances, International Documentary Association's (IDA) Best Documentary 1996); Portal to Peace (dir. Thomas Stenderup, Grand Prix, Krakow IFF 1997); Welcome to Denmark (Odense FF, Best Documentary Film 2003); The 3 Rooms of Melancholia (dir. Pirjo Honkasalo, 2004 Venice IFF, Amnesty Prize, IDFA, CPH:DOX - First Prize, PrixItalia); Everlasting Moments (dir. Jan Troell, Premiere 2008) and others. Has also worked in Italy, England, Germany, Switzerland, Fiji, Brazil, USA. Also works as a script editor; has lectured at film schools and universities around the world. Recently he received the Roos Prize awarded by the Danish Film Institute for outstanding efforts in documentary filmmaking.

NICK WARE – Editorial Director, Mercury Media, (United Kingdom)

Nick Ware is Editorial Director of Mercury Media, the international documentary film distributor, and of its documentaries on demand channel, Nick leads on partnerships and film acquisition for both projects. Nick is also a consultant, specialising in finding new ways to create, fund and distribute factual and documentary content. He works with media companies, film festivals, charities and Government departments. He is also a freelance executive producer and trainer. Nick was a senior executive in the BBC for many years, including Managing Editor of BBC Four, Creative Director of BBC Learning, and Commissioner for Arts programmes. He is also a former Controller of the not-for-profit tv station Community Channel.



PETER BADEL – Cinematographer (Germany)

Peter Badel is a documentarian, director of photography of cine-documentaries as well as motion pictures, and a photographer. Born in 1953 in Berlin, he studied cinematography at Film & Television Academy in Potsdam Babelsberg. He was a director of photography in the DEFA Studios for Motion Pictures, and since 1992 he is a freelancer. Additionally, he gives symposia of cinematography and teaches at various academies. Currently he is teaching cinematography at the Film & Television Academy HFF in Potsdam. Pictorial language: I care much less about camera angles, menu items or tricks of lightning than it is generally expected from directors of photography. The starting point of all considerations is how people influence each other during the process of filming; it is about how people encounter and how they engage with each other. Personality, experiences of generations and the kind of education may vary significantly among colleagues; but all experiences I came across during my research show the same stalwart ambition for the most vital requirement in the genesis of motion pictures: trust.



MIROSLAV JANEK – Director / Cinematographer (Czech Republic)

Born 1954 in Nachod, Czech Republic, where he wrote, directed and produced nearly forty short films. He also worked as a film editor for the Czechoslovak Television before immigrating to the United States in 1979. Settling down in Minneapolis, he began working as a freelance film editor and cameraman. In 1981 he began teaching filmmaking at Film in the Cities in St. Paul, MN. During his six years in Minneapolis he also produced and directed a number of independent films. In 1986 he moved to New York City where he continued his freelance work until 1994. The next two years he spent in Treviso, Italy, collaborating with American director Godfrey Reggio. Since 1993 he has shot and directed many documentaries for Czech Television. Since 1998 he has been teaching at the documentary department of FAMU.


PETR KOBLOVSKÝ – Cinematographer (Czech Republic)

Born December 13, 1972 in Moravská Třebová, graduated in cinematography at FAMU. Filmography: Skinheads (Czech TV) – a documentary film about right-wing extremism; České porno (Czech TV) – a documentary film about the local porn industry; Moravská apokalypsa (Czech TV) – a documentary film about floods; Sibiř na konci tisíciletí – a documentary film set in Siberia;  Tenkrát I (Czech TV) – a documentary film in which some hundred current and former politicians share their perspective on the 1989 revolution; Tenkrát II (Czech TV) – a documentary film about the dissolution of Czechoslovakia; Jak se žije farářkám (Febio), Jak se žije klaunům (Febio), Jak se žije s historií (Febio), Oko (Febio), music videos – Michael Kocáb, Leona Machálková, Blonds, Morhotronic, Damiens, etc.  



Ex Oriente Film guest filmmaker attending by invitation of Jean-Pierre Rehm
CARLOS CASAS – Director, Audiovisual Artist (Spain)

Born in 1974 in Barcelona, Spain, Carlos Casas is a filmmaker and visual artist. his work is a cross between documentary film, cinema, and contemporary visual and sound arts. His last three films have been awarded in festivals around the world from Torino, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City and some of his video works have been presented in collective and personal exhibitions. In 2001 he started a trilogy of work dedicated to the most extreme environments on the planet - Patagonia, Aral Sea, and Siberia. He is currently working on a film about a cemetery of elephants on the borders between India and Nepal. Selected filmography: Afterwords (2000); Patagonia (2002); Rocinha - Daylight of a Favela (2003); *Aral: Fishing in an Invisible Sea (2004); *Solitude at the End of the World (2005); *Hunters since the Beginning of Time (2007, *The End Trilogy).



JACEK NAGLOWSKI – Director, Producer, Scriptwriter (Poland)

Born in 1978 in Poland. Studied Philosophy and Film Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 2002 he wrote the play Taste of Life. In 2004 Jacek and Agnieszka Janowska established the production company Centrala, dedicated to documentary and feature films by young people. At the same time it sought to develop its presence in the international market, actively participating in training programmes, markets, and pitching events. Filmography: Gugara (documentary, dir. J. Nagłowski, A. Dybczak); The Clinic (documentary, dir. T. Wolski); Catatonia (fiction, dir. J. Nagłowski); How to Live (fiction, dir. S. Jakubowski); Above the Pavements (documentary, dir. P. Stasik).

PIOTR STASIK – Director, producer (Poland)

Born in 1976. Graduate of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing and the Department of Applied Social Sciences and Resocialisation at the University of Warsaw. Head of the Creative Initiatives Association "ę", an asscociation of culture animators. Co-founder of the Paladino Film Group. Filmography: Above the Pavements (Ponad chodnikami) - documentary, 24 min, 2008 (DOK Leipzig); Occupation: Director – Agnieszka Holland - documentary, 20 min, 2008 (TVP Kultura); Occupation: Director – Wojciech Marczewski - documentary, 24 min, 2007 (TVP Kultura); 7 x Moscow (7 x Moskwa) - documentary, 19 min, 2005, created during the Russia – Poland, New Perspective project (TVP Kultura). Awards: Best Film Award, Krakow Film Festival 2006; Zlote Grono Award for the Paladino Film Group, 2006; One by One (Po Kolei) - documentary, 7 min, 2005.


ZUZANA PAUKOVÁ – PR & Distribution Manager, Cinepur (Slovakia)

Born in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia in 1980. Graduated from the Faculty of Education, University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, and in film studies and multimedia from the Film and Television Faculty at VSMU Bratislava. She studied in Helsinki and Jyväskylä, Finland as part of the student exchange programme. Curated a showcase of Finnish feature and documentary films for the ArtFilm Festival in Trenčianske Teplice, Slovakia. She worked at an advertising agency prior to coming to IDF where she was Coordinator of the project Breathless - Dominance of the Moment (2008-2009). Since 2010, responsible for PR and distribution at Cinepur (film journal).


DANIELA STANÍKOVÁ – Director of MEDIA Desk Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

Daniela Staníková (1973) graduated from Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences with major in English literature and mass communication. Since then, she has been working in the audiovisual industry on various positions. Besides others, she was a programme coordinator for Karlovy Vary International Film Festival or documentary editor in the sales department of Czech Television. She speaks English and French. 




JANA ŠKOPKOVÁ – Head Commissioning Editor, Czech TV (Czech Republic)

Head Commissioning Editor, Dept. of Current Affairs, Documentary Film and Education, Czech TV. Born in 1962. 1994-1998 - Sports dept. editor, deputy head of dept., TV Prima, Premiéra TV. 1999-2002 - Freelance editor, Current Affairs Dept., Czech TV. 2003 - Editor, Fakta (current affairs programme), Czech TV. 2010 - named Head Commissioning Editor, Dept. of Current Affairs, Documentary Film and Education, Czech TV.

Czech Television


KATARZYNA KOLA – Polish Film Institute (Poland)

2003–2006: Master 2 in Film Studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III. 1997-2002: Master in Film Studies, Jagiellonian University. 07/2009 – present: Polish Film Institute – Dept. of Development of Film Projects and Script Grants. 2006 - present: Translation of comic books from French for Kultura Gniewu. 2004 – present: Cooperation with Gutek Film. 04/2009: Cooperation with the festival Off Camera. 11-12/2007: Assistant in Dept. of Advertising in the monthlies IDEAT and Coté Maison, Paris. 09-10/2007: Traineeship in the film monthly STUDIO Magazine, Paris. 09/2007: Curator of the exhibition Natures Singulières – photography of Lech Majewski, Gallery of Basia Embiricos, Paris. 2001-2005: Journalist in Dept. of Culture: Życie Częstochowy, Kwadrans Akademicki, Magazyn Młodych i Dynamicznych, Celuloid. 1998-2001: Member of the Student Jury, Krakow Film Festival.

Polish Film Institute