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Ex Oriente Film


June 28 - July 4, 2010
Warsaw / Poland


The programme of Ex Oriente Film - Session 2 will offer seminars and sessions primarily focused on the production side of film development: financing, budgeting according to international standards, legal aspects of co-production and strategies for selecting commissioning editors and financiers, as well as a deeper creative development of the film projects.

The Session will include the following key subjects: "A Day of Budgeting", "A Day of Legal Aspects","A Day of Financial Tour". In addition, there will be a parallel programme for directors, including dramaturgical exercises, editing lab for trailers, etc. 

Apart from the programme directly connected with the development of 14 projects selected for the workshop all the other parts are open to Polish filmmakers in order to foster networking between participants and to integrate Polish directors and producers into the Ex Oriente Film community.

Ex Oriente Film in Poland provides Polish film community with consultations for directors and producers and open lectures and seminars to professionals and the general public. Therefore, Ex Oriente Film promotes a call for proposals till June 15, 2010, designed specifically for Polish film professionals (click here to download the application form). The Workshop opens up to 15 seats for Polish filmmakers who will have access to consultations, open programme and screenings.

Ex Oriente Film is proud to host the following tutors and experts: Marijke Rawie – Expert and consultant, The Netherlands; Mikael Opstrup – Producer, Denmark; Helge Albers – 2nd session inspirational lead tutor, Flying Moon Filmproduktion, Germany; Stefan Rűll – Attorney-at-law, Germany; Rada Šešić – Expert, consultant and festival programmer, The Netherlands/Croatia; Filip Remunda – Director, Czech Republic; Jesper Osmund – Editor, Denmark; Charlotte Gry Madsen – Sales and Acquisition, DR Medier, Internationalt salg, Denmark; Leena Pasanen - Coordinator of Programmes / Executive Producer, YLE Fact and Culture, Finland; Adam Gee - Commissioning Editor - Cross-platform (Factual & Arts), Channel 4, UK; Georg Tschurtschenthaler – Budgeting Tutor and Producer, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, Germany; Artur Liebhart – Head of company, Planete Doc Films/Films Against Gravity, Poland; Anaïs Clanet - Head of Sales, Wide Management - International Sales & Production, France.

After the registration and words of welcome on June 28, the workshop will start with programme introduction and a brief update on the projects. Charlotte Gry Madsen will have a lecture called “Development Starts with a Good Distribution Strategy. Markets, Sales and Networking for a Small Independent Documentary Filmmaker.” On the same day, Polish filmmakers will attend an introduction session about the Ex Oriente Film workshop, with detailed case studies on previous projects. Like in previous editions, a group session focused on changes made since the last session along with individual meetings will be the main didactic tools.

On second day, June 29, the workshop will offer a session about legal issues of international co-production by Stefan Rüll. The programne also offers a session about the work of festival selectors - he process of film selection, role of the selector’s taste, festival policy, annual focus of the festival programme, premieres and panoramas, competition and non-competition programmes by Rada Šešič.

On June 30, the main seminar will be dedicated to budgeting: co-production with broadcasters, budget for co-production between production companies, film budget in relation to financial plan, etc., by Helge Albers and, as a parallel programme, there will be a lecture on documentary film trailers by Jesper Osmund.

On July 1, apart from individual meetings with all the tutors and experts, the participants and the general public can attend session called “Production Tour of Europe” - a comprehensive lecture on TV slots, CE preferences (by Marijke Rawie, Adam Gee and Leena Pasanen), funds and funding systems (by Helge Albers and Georg Tschurtschenthaler) and sales and distribution companies to cooperate with (Anaïs Clanet and Mikael Opstrup).

The fourth day also hosts the case study and special screening of the documentary comedy Czech Peace by Filip Remunda and Vít Klusák, directors of the successful documentary Czech Dream.

Another important session will be the lecture by Leena Pasanen (YLE, Finland) and Adam Gee (Channel 4, UK) “New Ways of Commissioning” on July 2. These two leading commissioning editors will tell and show what they are doing in the field of documentary commissioning. A lecture concerning the possibilities these broadcasters create and what it means for producers and directors to think in these new ways.

On July 2, Ex Oriente Film will present Polish DOX: Case study and screening of two projects developed in its past editions - the successful festival hits Rabbit à la Berlin (Ex Oriente Film 2005, Academy Award nomination 2009) by director Bartek Konopka and producer Anna Wydra, and Kites (Ex Oriente Film 2004) by director Beata Dzianowicz and producer Krzysztof Kopczyński, with a Q&A session following the screening.

On the final day of the workshop, July 3, inspirational lead tutor Helge Albers will wrap up the programme with his lecture “How to Run a Production Company Focused on Documentary Film - Case Study of Flying Moon Filmproduktion".

The second session is co-organized with our Polish partner, Eureka Media production company and Krzysztof Kopczyński.


Click here to download a detailed version of the programme (PDF).