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Ex Oriente Film

2012 Edition 


Scholarships: Participants from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Romania may apply for a scholarship to cover part of the accommodation and participation fees. Applicants must prove that there is no possibility of scholarship in their own country and that the project is not supported by any development funding.
Note: In accordance with the conditions listed above, IDF makes the final decision on who receives the scholarship. Any extra costs will be covered by the participants themselves.

Special scholarships tailored to the needs of the project:
IDF provides special scholarships as well; these are granted to selected Ex Oriente Film workshop participants to travel to or participate at the IDFA Festival in Amsterdam or, for example, DOK Leipzig and Documentary Campus Pitching Forum etc. These scholarships are not divided equally among the participants. IDF selects projects that are considered the most suitable to attend one of the events listed above. Usually, IDF provides this kind of scholarship to approx. 50% of the participants.

EditLab scholarships:
“Ex Oriente EditLab - Editing Session Workshop” is a four-day workshop for selected participants, based on granted scholarships for accommodation and partly meals for all the participants. Scholarship is provided by IDF.


The level of skills and experience of professionals for whom the training initiatives have been designed;

Considering the level of skills and experience of our prospective participants for whom our training workshop is designed: all participants must be able to provide evidence of their practical experience; therfore, we want all of them to send in their previous work as part of the application. They must have several years of experience working in the film and television industry as well, good command of English, and to be particularly motivated to work in a wider European context.


Participants: Out of all submitted projects, 12 - 14 projects will be selected, i.e., 24 - 28 participants will be included in the workshop.

The first three revolve around project development: content of the projects as well as practical side of the project. The fourth session is an editing-evaluation workshop working with the films in the stage of editing and post-production. It is aimed for films from all the editions of the Ex Oriente Film workshop.

Stories we are looking for:
We search for stories with a distinctly personal style as the core of the creative process of finding universal subjects. Very often, we prefer stories with a strong sense of humour. We would like to keep the East European tradition to look at documentary as an art form.


Ex Oriente Film workshop lead tutors in 2012:

A remarkable and very active figure in the documentary scene with the experience of working as a CE at AVRO and as a tutor at numerous documentary training programmes, Marijke Rawie will participate in the project development process from the very beginning and follow the projects all the way to the rough cut stage. She has a vast knowledge of the documentary market and brings a large net of contacts to the Ex Oriente Film workshop network. Within all three workshops, she always aims create a solid but flexible framework and a friendly working atmosphere that promotes interaction between the participants, team and other tutors. She moderates open sessions, debates with guests and attends meetings and group sessions. Thanks to the Ex Oriente Film Participant Zone, Ms. Rawie will have the same access as the other tutors, keeping in touch with all the participants during throughout the year to offer continuous advice and consultations. Another Lead Tutor is Mikael Opstrup, who, along with Ms. Rawie, acts as a constant partner for the participants in the process of the project development during all four Ex Oriente Film sessions. Coming from the film production background, Mikael Opstrup focuses on the production strategy, offers budget consultancy, and helps the participants to define the roles of the producer and the director in the current European documentary market. During the individual meetings, besides the project content development, he focuses on the production aspects of the project. Thanks to the Ex Oriente Film Participant Zone, Mr. Opstrup is in touch with all the participants throughout the year to offer consultations.


Timetable and venues of the 2012 Ex Oriente Film Workshop:

Dates of the sessions:
1st Workshop – June 18 - 23, 2012
2nd Workshop – October 22 – 28, 2012
3rd Workshop – March 4 – 10, 2013


Venue(s) of the sessions:

1st Workshop – Roztoky, Prague, Czech Republic

2nd Workshop – Jihlava, Czech Republic (IDF Industry on the backdrop of IDFF Jihlava)

3rd Workshop – Prague, Czech Republic (at East Doc Platfrom in association with One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival)

 This project is supported by: