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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

Ex Oriente Film 2007
2nd workshop: Production Development
Budapest/ Piliscsaba, Hungary, 30 May - 3 June 2007




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.



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 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.


Independent producer, Final Cut Production

1955 Born in Copenhagen, Denmark

1976-79 Degree in Film Studies at the University of Copenhagen

1980-88 Appointed at Danish Filmcenter, distribution of shorts and documentaries

1984-94 Independent Producer and production manager of a number of shorts & documentaries
 for The National Filmboard of Denmark, The Danish Film Institute and Danish TV

1995-98 Initiator and manager of the festival ”Films from the South” (films from outside Europe & USA) arranged in corporation 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, The European Union Media Programme’s education for ‘European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs’

1998-2002 Production adviser / Shorts and Documentaries at the Danish Film Institute

2000- Tutor at European Documentary Networks (EDN) related workshops

2002- Co-owner & Head of documentaries at Final Cut Productions.
 Producer of a.o. ‘The German Secret’, Joris Ivens competition IDFA 2004, Hot docs  Toronto 2005
2005 -  Board member EDN

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

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. 


EDN Network manager

Hanne Skjødt has studied psychology at the University of Copenhagen. In 1993 she began working with documentaries and art house feature film production and promotion. In 1995 she joined Final Cut Productions to work mainly with documentaries: financing, production, distribution and promotion. Since 2000 she has been with the Danish Film Institute as distribution and promotion consultant and head of unit, distribution and promotion of shorts and documentaries. In this position she was in charge of internationel promotion at film festivals as well as supporting producers' national promotion and distribution and the Danish Film Institute distribution of shorts and documentaries on DVD to schools, educational establishments and public libraries.





Arunas Matelis is a representative of the new generation of Lithuanian filmmakers. Arunas studied Mathematics at

Vilnius University and later graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy. In 1992, he established one of the first independent film production companies in Lithuania, “Nominum,” focused production on his motto “total cinema or poetic documentary”.
The first Arunas’ doc “Ten Minutes Before the Flight of Icarus” (1990) received numerous awards and by film critics was called like film manifest of new generation of Lithuanian filmmakers. His following documentary, “Flight over Lithuania or 510 of silence”, was awarded “Platinum Film” for best results in sales of DVD and VHS in Lithuania (including mainstream European and USA production). Films directed by Arunas Matelis were awarded or screened in many world wide film festivals like:; Cannes (“Directors’ fortnight” and “Critics’ Week”), Rotterdam, Torino, San Paulo , Oberhauzen, Amsterdam / IDFA , Leipzig and others. A. Matelis directed nine short documentaries prior to BEFORE FLYING BACK TO EARTH. He is the first director from Eastern Europe to receive a “Director’s Guild of America” award. His first feature doc. BEFORE FLYING BACK TO EARTH - A poetic, unsentimental film about the resilience of the human spirit – became one of the very few films in the world, which received 10 awards within less than one year of it’s first screening and among them most important in European documentary field like : “Silver Wolf” – International Documentary Festival Amsterdam / IDFA 2005; “Golden Dove” – International Leipzig Festival 2005; European Film Academy nomination for “The Best European Doc 2005” even before of official premier of the film; The Best Lithuanian Film 2005; Honorable mention  of jury – SILVERDOCS (Silver Spring) 2006; Spirit award for DOC - international Brooklyn film festival 2006; „Big Stamp Award” main award in Zagreb DOX 2006; First Prize – main award – Documenta Madrid 2006; Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award; Grand Prix – Parnu international documentary festival. A. Matelis is Chairman of Documentary guild of Lithuanian Filmmakers union,  also the “Minister of Migration and Changes” in the “Republic of Užupis” (the bohemian district of Vilnius, similar to Montmartre in Paris) and was awarded with one of the most honorable awards of the Republic of Lithuania - “the Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas”.


Timo Novotny (b. 1973, Böblingen, Germany) studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He is the co-founder and a member of Vidok or Sofa Surfers. He lives and works in the Austrian capital. His films have been included in various exhibitions and festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, Mexico City, Sarajevo, New York and Montreal. Filmography: Wirehead (1993–1996, with N. Pfaffenbichler), The Plan (1997), Life in Malmoe (1998), CARGO (1999), Sofa Rockers (2000), Can I Get a Witness (2002), neon (2002), discube (2003).




1993-1996: Hungarian Film Academy of Budapest, Degree in directing short films, documentaries, videoclips
1986-1992: University of ELTE Budapest, Degree in history and literature
1990-1991: Scholarship of the European Community to the University of Bologna, Faculty of Political Sciences

1992-Hungarian Broadcasting Company, programmes on literature, history, arts, theatre, cinema.

A.A.Milne: Amikor még kicsik voltunk / When We Were Very Young / Írás Kiadó 1993, Holló és Társa Kiadó 2000 /
Robert Louis Stevenson: Gyermekkert / A Child’s Garden of Verses / Móra Könyvkiadó 2002 /
Federico Fellini: Hangjátékok / Radioplays / under publishing /

filmography1994: The Legend / A legenda (s)
1996: Tandori - Portrait on a Poet / Tandori (d)
1996: The Last Days of the College / A kollégium végnapjai (d)
1997: Kazo (d)
1998: Budapest Retro 1 / Budapest retró I. (d)
1998: The Novelist's Heritage / A Mándy-hagyaték (s)
1999: Supper with Péter Esterházy - Portrait on a Writer / Esterházy-vacsora (d)
2000: In My Adolescence / Sihedernyi koromban (d)
2002: Göncz - Protrait of the Ex-president of Hungary (d)
2002: My native Village: Budapest - Street people, Party People, Mall People / Szülőfalum, Budapest - A flaszter népe, Partik népe, Plázák népe (documentary serie)
2003: Budapest Retro 2 / Budapest retró II. (d)
2003: The School of the Empire / A birodalom iskolája (d)
2004: The Life of an Agent - Police Training in the Kádár era / Az ügynök élete - Belügyi oktatás a Kádár-korszakban (d)




MIRIAM  ŠIMKOVÁ, Czech Republic

East Silver Manager

Graduated in Aesthetics and Slovak Language and Literature in Bratislava in 2002, /sholarship in Prague, Charles University, complement Artes Liberales Film Studies, Bratislava.

1999 – 2005
Editor and Literature and  Film Journalist for Vlna magazine, Slovakia
Project Manager for Soros Centre of Contemporary Arts, Slovakia
Journalist and Translator of drama /English-Slovak/ for Nitra  International Theatre Festival, Slovakia.

2005 – 2006
Production Manager for Designblok, days of Design in Prague, Czech Republic
Curator for Datatransfer – festival of new visual styles in Prague, Czech Republic / curator of Slovak section of music videos and animated films
Assistant at FAMU – Documentary Film Department in Prague, Czech Republic

2005 – till now
Project Manager of East Silver
East Silver Doc Market: the only market for East European Docs. Catalogue, on-line database, digitized video library. East Silver Caravan – selection of market highlights travelling to 12 key international festivals and doc.shops. East Silver TV Focus – East European docs made to fit for broadcasters’ slots.


Media Desk, Manager of Prague Office

MEDIA Desk Czech Republic, 2006 – present

Manager of Prague Office
2004 – 2005, North by Northwest / East of Eden, Prague, Czech Republic
North by Northwest (NbNW) is a not-for-profit organization supported by the EU’s MEDIA Programme, enabling European audiovisual professionals to enhance their skills in screenwriting and feature film development (

International PR
2005 International Film Festival Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

Sales Manager
2003 – 2004, mdc international Ltd., Berlin, Germany
Mdc int. is an international film sales company. I was responsible for the territories of Central and Eastern Europe.

Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Faculty of Film and TV Production and Management, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
1997 - 2001
Masters Degree in Film and TV Production and Management

FAMU (Film and Television Academy of the Performing Arts), Film and TV Production Department, Prague, Czech Republic

Audiovisual Industry Training
2003 Strategics Film and Marketing Workshop
2003 Nipkow Programme, Berlin
A fellowship programme, designed to assist film and television professionals to expand their contacts and experience by providing long-term training for professionals through: internships, professional counselling & courses

MEDIA Desk Czech Republic, Narodni 28, 110 00, Prague 1,, tel: +420 221 105 210 fax: -310