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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.

Ex Oriente Film

Bulgaria

...and the sound of screaming

Director: Miroslav Nicic, Producer: Borjana Ventzislavova
The life and dreams of emigrants earning a living at the Prater, Vienna’s world renowned amusement park.  

CzechRepublic

Industrial Elegy

Director: Daniela Gebova, Producer: Zuzana Drazilova, Sunfilm-spiral Productions s. r. o.
In the grey, industrial landscape of the north-eastern corner of the Czech Republic, one can find many little homes filled with peculiar people.   These are former mining settlements, established by private mine owners in the 18th Century, who were inspired by the architecture of miners‘ houses in England. 

Mr. Nobody

Director: Filip Remunda, Producer: Vratislav Slajer, Bionaut Production

In 1997, a man without any documents was detained at the Prague airport.  He did not speak and did not communicate with anyone.  Journalists named him 'Mr. Nobody'.  Half a year later, he was deported to China under mysterious circumstances.  Several years later, a film crew returned to the airport to try to discover who Mr. Nobody was and what fate befell him.  Mr. Nobody is a film – essay on the borders between nations and on the borders within us.

Nuraful AlbDirector: Andrea Pugnerova, Producer: Jan Hlavsa, Filmdustry Production

A Berlin accordionist, Torsten, marries a Ukrainian girl to help her acquire German citizenship.  The wedding is filmed by Torsten’s ex-girlfriend, Andrea, who eventually decides to continue filming even after the wedding.

Trafficking - Buy Me or Sell Me!
Director: Ivana Miloseviae, Producer: Karla Stojakova, Axman Production
In the capital city of Montenegro, Podgorice, there is a center for the victims of the human trafficking trade, which is called the House of Refuge for Women.  The director of the center, Ijiljana Raicevic, founded it five years ago when she realized how large the people trafficking trade in Montenegro and the surrounding countries really was.

Vaska

Director and Producer: Radim Prochazka

Why do most slaves dream of becoming slaves?  Thirty-year old Ukrainian, Vaska, leaves for the Czech Republic to find work.  A considerable part of his salary is taken by the Ukranian Mafia.  He dreams of bringing his wife and son to the Czech Republic and of setting up a “decent life” for them.  This will happen when he works himself up the ladder to become a member of the mafia, preying on his fellow ex-countrymen.
 

Estonia

Room Service
Director: Marko Raat , Producer: Siiri Suur, Sugar Films
There is a very fine line between the cleaning of rooms and the disturbance of privacy...
If you have ever stayed in a hotel, you will surely have noticed the special care given to your toiletries, lying beside your bag; the precision with which the books and magazines that you were reading and left lying around the room were laid on the bedside table. 


Poland

Childish Business
Director: Anna Wieckowska, Producer: Tomasz Wojtkowski
Twelve year old Tomek, whose parents are unemployed, is on the lookout for work, so that he can by himself sweets.  His schoolmate Przemek, a pampered only child, loves Tomek like his own brother and wants to help him escape poverty.

Seven Fridges Full of Meat
Director: Grzegorz Pacek, Producer: Joanna Wendorff, Anima-pol Film Studio
Stach Piorkowski, who is 67 years old, has seven fridges full of meat in his home in South Africa. "My family and I have hungered before.  I will not allow anyone around me to go hungry again"

Small-Time Gamblers
Director: Piotr Kielar, Producer: Marta Plucinska, Agata Deka, Federico Film
A gallery of portraits of people from different places and backgrounds, who are all connected by one common passion – minor gambling.  Not big-time gambling in casinos, but playing the lottery and sports wagering.



Slovakia


Roma Holocaust
Director: Robert Kirchhoff, Producer: Boris Hochel
Romany history has been tainted with conflict and discrimination as early the 9th Century when, due to famine in India, the Romanies began to leave their homeland and were forced to find themselves a better place to live in. Racism against Roma assumed its most extreme form during the time of the Holocaust.

The authors of the “Green Spike” project, Director Mariusz Malec and Producer Marcin Buczkowski from Poland, cancelled their attendance at the very last moment (after confirming their participation via email and telephone) on the opening day of the workshop, without giving any reason. Workshop started with 11 projects.