DOKweb Content is a portal dedicated to East European documentary film. The news section provides up-to-date information on upcoming and just completed films, interviews with filmmakers and other documentary professionals, in-depth articles exploring the state of documentary filmmaking in various parts of the region, as well as insightful texts on current trends, funding, etc. The portal also boasts the largest published databases of completed and upcoming documentary films from Eastern Europe, an industry directory, as well as trailers and original video content. is IDF´s key online project that provides comprehensive details on all IDF´s activities and links them with general information service.
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.

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Ex Oriente Film Head of Studies            

Tue Steen Müller. Born 1947. Worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board - as press secretary, head of distribution and information and as a commissioning editor. Articles for national and international newspapers and magazines. Co-founder of Balticum Film- and TV-Festival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. Travelled to European short and documentary festivals often to be seated as a jury member. Has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries. In 2004 awarded the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. In 2005 awarded a prize at the DOCLisboa for his contribution to the international development and promotion of Portuguese documentaries. Since 1996 when it started, director of EDN (European Documentary Network). Given the EDN Life Achievement Award 2005. From 2006 free lance consultant and teacher in Danish and European documentary matters.




Independent Producer and sales manager
Haino Deckert was born on 23rd  of June 1959 in Tönning (Germany).
Since 2003 he has been working as managing director of Deckert Distribution (world distribution company for documentaries). Since 1991 Independent producer and managing director of MA.JA.DE Film. 1995 co-founder of Since 1995 member of the AG Dok. 1999 – 2002 managing director of (world distribution company for documentaries).
Education: 1979 – 1983 Study of Law at Freie Universitat Berlin (FU), 1983- 1988 Study of Film at DFFB (German Film and Television Academy Berlin), 1995 EAVE (Media II).
He speaks German and English.








Paul Pauwels – programme manager of VRT – CANVAS - born in Belgium, Leuven, on January 27, 1956.  Studied at RITCS film school in Brussels from 1976 > 1979  Master degree in directing and producing.  Has been working as a production manager and unit manager in feature film production from 1979 until 1987 when he founded his own production unit
In May 2005 he stopped being an independent producer and became programme manager at Flemish Public Broadcaster VRT, for the second channel CANVAS;
Within Canvas Paul Pauwels is responsible for several slots ( science, history, human intrest ) and he is also in charge of dealing with co-productions.Paul Pauwels has been Chairperson of EDN (European Documentary Network) in 2002 and 2003,  for the maximum period of time allowed by the by-laws
Other activities  include:
Training and tutoring in documentary production and writing
(Finland, Norway, Denmark,  Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, UK,
Israel, Czech Republic, India, Iceland)
Tutor for Discovery Campus - Munich
Tutor for Documentary Institute - Prague
Moderator for several documentary pitching sessions
Moderator for debates on documentary issues


Director, Cinematographer

When I was at high school, my father who was a programme director in the Latvian Television gave me a simple 8 mm camera. Ever since then my life has been inseparably linked with filmmaking, for better or for worse. My professional film carrier started in 1994 when I worked as a cameraman and producer on Peteris Krilovs’s documentary The Upper Daugava which unexpectedly won the Best Latvian Documentary award in 1995. In 1996, I started a weekly TV magazine Vides Fakti on wildlife and environmental issues. The programme is still running on the Latvian TV and has been nominated for the Best Independent Producers programme award for seven years running (it finally won the award in year 2003). In 1997, I created the project Vides Filmu Studija (VFS). Over the seven years of its existence VFS has produced 15 documentaries, including three international co-productions. Currently he is working on seven film projects, which are at different stages of production.


Dr. STEFAN RÜLL - Stefan Rüll Law Office, Germany

Born in Munich on May 7th, 1956. Law studies and doctorate in Munich.
Several periods of practical legal training in Paris and San Diego
Defence attorney and attorney for commercial law in the Munich law firm Dr. Weinberger, Dr. Sottung, and Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulsenheimer from 1986
In 1988 move to Hamburg and the audio-visual industry as general counsel of the POLYPHON Group with subsidiaries in Berlin and Munich and an office in Los Angeles which produces and distributes national and international television programmes. From 1993 in-house lawyer and managing director at ROYAL/SENATOR Film Production/Distribution in Munich and Berlin.
1996 foundation of own law firm "Stefan Rüll Law Office" in Berlin
Primary Practice Areas
Comprehensive legal advice and support for German and international companies and individuals, e.g., production and distribution companies, producers, directors, authors, actors, agencies, and others in the fields of film, television, audio-visual media.
In particular:
Copyright and Intellectual Property
Contract drafting from A to Z for film, television, and multimedia productions
National and international co-productions and co-operations
Employment law within the media business
Mediation within the media business.
Working languages: German, English, French


MIROSLAV JANEK, Czech Republic
Director, Cinematographer

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 Czechoslovakian 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 sponsored primarily by the local foundations. 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 on developing a multimedia project Fabrica.Since 1993 he shot and directed many documentaries for the Czech Television. Currently he resides in Prague Since 1998 he teaches at the documentary department of FAMU (Film Academy in Prague).




Director and Co-founder of IDF

Born on 5th of May 1973 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He works as a film director, producer and cameraman. He has been working in the field of Film Education since 1997. In 2001, he co-founded the Documentary Film Institute. Languages: English, Russian, Serbo-Croatian. He studied documentary filmmaking at the Prague Film Academy (FAMU) beginning in 1997. He completed a study stay at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School (Jerusalem) and a workshop at the Zellig Film School (Bolzano). Filmography: Christos Voskrese (1998), From Bohemia to St Helena (1999), A New Name for an Old Friend (1999), Hillary and Chris Hit the Road (1999), Angel Town (2000), Collectors of Images of Our World (2001), Poetry Day (2002), Village B. (2002), which was awarded the best documentary award at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary and was selected for the Silver Wolf competition at IDFA Amsterdam 2002.Since 1999 he has been involved in the organization of the educational section of the International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava, and in 2001 he stood at the birth of the Documentary Film Institute, a non-profit making organization supporting documentary films in the Eastern and Central European countries. As the head of the institute, he manages a number of educational and networking programs for film professionals.Filip Remunda has recently finished, together with Vit Klusak,  “CZECH DREAM” – First Czech Film Reality Show a feature length documentary about the hypermarket, which did not exist - film awarded on number of international film festivals.


IRENA TASKOVSKI, Bosnia, Czech Rep.
Taskovski Films ltd.

Originally from Bosnia, Irena studied in Prague, graduating from the Film Academy (FAMU). She has also studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem and obtained Master degree from National Film & TV School, London UK.
Growing up in a country whose social and political issues culminated in war, and living in the post- communist Czech Republic, were rich life experiences. Irena is left with a fund of stories that she wants to bring to the screen using the diversity of social and cultural forms of the East and the West.
Irena has produced several short films and documentaries, including multiple award winners Village B, dir. Filip Remunda,( Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary in 2002)  and Czech Dream directed by Vit Klusak and Filip Remunda  ( Best Czech Documentary 2004 Jihlava IDFF, FIRPESCI prize at IFF Ljubljana 2004, Best Documentary San Francisco Film Fest Denmark 2004)
She has also worked in development and financing in London based production company Autonoumus     (UK producers of Bosnian film No Mans Land, D.Tanovic) after that Irena worked in marketing and publicity department of Tartan Films Distribution in London focusing on independent foreign language films. Irena  has organised and programmed several film festivals including a tribute to Stephen Frears at the 2001 Sarajevo Film Festival, Indies Film festival in Prague 1999 and Festival of Czech Films in Bosnia 1998. In 2004 Irena worked as scout for Easter European films for Venice Film Festival Biennale.
 Based in London, Irena is currently managing Taskovski Films Ltd Production and Sales Company, developing a number of projects that are intended to be made as creative international co-productions.
In Taskovski Films sales slate are some of the following award winning films : Shutka Book of Records by Sasa Manic, Source by Martin Marecek, Gravehopping by Jan Cvitkovic etc.




Born 1973: graduated in Film Science and Art History from The University of
Copenhagen. Has directed the documentaries "Dancing in The Midst of War" / "Dansen I Brćndpunktet" (2000) and "Sřn" / "Son" (2001). Had his feature-lenght debut in 2003 with "Jerusalem, My Love" / "Jerusalem, min
elskede", which has won several international prizes, at Nordic Panorama, Taiwan IFF 2004 and Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. His second feature length film, "The Swenkas" won a Danish Robert in January 2005 for best feature documentary film, and Jeppe Rřnde won "Best International Director" at "Hot Docs" in Toronto 2005 among others. "The Swenkas" is second part of his trilogy entitled "Faith, Hope & Love", preceded by "Jerusalem My Love", and Rřnde is now working on the final film of the trilogy. Apart from directing and often filming his documentaries, he has also benefited from his professional career as a musician, and as a consequence has been able to compose the music to his films.






Marek Šebeš, Czech Rep.
Czech TV

Commissioning editor at Czech Television. Studied Philosophy and Media Studies & Journalism at Masaryk University, Brno, worked as a journalist for Czech newspapers and electronic journals, responsible editor in Revue pro media (Review of Media, academic journal focused on critical reflection on media) and teacher of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Pedagogical Faculty, University of South Bohemia). Since 2004, he is a student in Doctoral Study Programme in Sociology at Faculty of Social Science, Masaryk University, Brno. His research and academic activities are concentrated on media representation theories and audience studies. Since 2005, he works as a commissioning editor of documentary films at Czech Television.




Kinga Galuszka, Poland
Polish Film Institute

A long time ago, in high school, Kinga was a member of Non-professional Film Club, while working at a short movies with a group of friends. That’s how her relationship with film has started. Then Kinga decided to continue my film education in theoretical film studies. She graduated from Jagiellonian University in 2002, and then  started to work on my PhD dissertation concerning to the film acting. Over one year she was working in Kultura Channel in Film Department, where she was responsible for features and documentaries acquisition. Now she is working in Polish Film Institute in Co-production Department. The Institute's principal task is to provide the Polish film industry with the modern mechanism of support - from the development of projects, production, promotion, distribution and circulation of Polish and European films. It supports films from concept to screen, with particular emphasis on international co- productions. 



Katarzyna Malinowska, Poland
Kanal Kultura

Born 1979, In Warsaw. Studied Anthropology of Culture at Warsaw University. Since 2000 worked as a freelance journalist in newspaper and television. In 2005 began working as the editor in TVP Kultura, in 2006 became a head of Feature, Documentary and Animation Film Department in TVP Kultura, first cultural channel in Poland, owned by the Polish Public Television.



August 2003–
Inforg Studio Ltd
Project Manager
- International relations
- organising events (first runs, gala performances, press conferences)
- coordinating launch campaigns

June 2002–July 2003
Ministry of Education
PR  Manager
- overseeing the work of creative agencies, graphic designers and production companies
- looking after advertisements and publications
- organising events (Opening Ceremony of the School Year, Family Day, National Teachers’ Forum, etc.)

Jiří Šimáček,Czech Rep.
Czech TV

Education: Masaryk University in Brno /Finished Master Degree in 1991 and the post gradual programme in 2000. Recently works as a Head of Documentary programming in Czech TV Brno.  In the past: art historian in the Moravian Gallery, advertising photographer and graphic artist, dramaturgist in the News dpt. In Czech TV, directed media coverage and number of documentary, propagation and educational films in Czech TV, dramaturgist in the DirectFilm company.Pedagogical activities: external teacher on FAMU (Art history seminar) and on the Faculty of the Social Sciences (TV journalism seminar). Other activities: co-author of number of theatre plays and adaptations (National Theatre Prague, National Theatre Brno, City Theatre Brno, Divadlo Komedie Praha – Theatre “Comedy” Prague, Klicpera’s Theatre Hradec Kralove, City Theatre Plzen) Jiri Simacek realized all the theatre projects together with Zdenek Plachy – Closely Watched 


JANO SWYŇA, Slovakia

Rasta Production Ltd.
Determined producer from Bratislava with major focus in the documentary, children film and science fiction format. Jano Swyňa elevated himself from strong ups and downs considering the place of his birth, though he developed enormous will to support, pitch and produce “good and cool documentaries”. Favorite formats: Star Trek , Rastamentaries, Russian slow-docs and dogma musicals.   Jano Swyňa works for last ten years in Rasta production ltd. which has large importance and role in the East European  film industry.