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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.

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HELGE ALBERS - Producer, Flying Moon Filmproduktion (Germany)

Helge Albers, born in 1973, studied film production at the HFF Konrad Wolff. In 1999 he founded, along with Roshanak Behesht Nedjad and Konstantin Kröning, Flying Moon Filmproduktion. He was the producer of Havanna, mi amor by Uli Gaulke, Weg! by Michael Baumann, Heirate mich by Uli Gaulke and Jeannette Eggert, Silent Waters by Sabiha Sumar, Hallesche cometen by Susanne Irina Zacharias and Waiting for the Clouds by Yesim Ustaolgu. Together with his partners he produced Gorgomeesh by Nora Hoppe and Comrades in Dreams by Uli Gaulke, and the co-production Summer Palace by Lou Ye. He is a member of the German and European Film Academy. Flying Moon Filmproduktion concentrates on the development and production of high quality feature films and feature-length documentaries, with an emphasis on international co-productions as well as the development of new talent.


MARIJKE RAWIE –  Workshop Moderator / Expert Consultant, ExpertDocs (Netherlands)

Marijke Rawie, Managing Director of ExpertDocs, was during the last 17 years Head of Art Documentary at AVRO, 1st public broadcaster in the Netherlands. In 1991 she founded the documentary slot "AVRO Close Up" which became one of the leading international co-producers and co-financers of documentaries in Europe. She started her tv-career in1974. She worked as director and producer of documentaries at various Dutch broadcasters (NOS, VARA, NCRV), before she went to AVRO. Marijke Rawie is involved in several international documentary institutions: Vice President of EBU Documentary Expert Group; Vice President of Advisery Board Discovery Campus Masterschool; Boardmember of the 1st World Congress of Arts Producers; EDN; Doc. expert Eurodoc. She is the founder of ExpertDocs, International Documentary Training & Consultancy, in which she combines the international documentary coproduction and (pitching) training knowledge she has acquired over the years.


MIKAEL OPSTRUP – Workshop Moderator / Producer (Denmark)

1955 Born in Copenhagen, Denmark; 1976-79, Degree in Film Studies at the University of Copenhagen; 1980-88, Appointed at Danish Film Center, distribution of shorts and documentaries; 1984-94, Independent Producer and production manager of shorts & documentaries for the National Film Board of Denmark, the Danish Film Institute and Danish TV; 1995-98, Initiator and manager of the festival Films from the South organized in cooperation 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, MEDIA Programme for ‘European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs’; 1998-2002, Production adviser / Shorts and Documentaries at the Danish Film Institute; 2000- Tutor at EDN related workshops; 2002-2008 Co-owner & Head of documentaries at Final Cut Productions. Producer of e.g., The German Secret, IDFA 2004, Hot Docs Toronto 2005; EDN Board member from 2005 - 2009, from 2008 - 2009 as Chairman.

DR. STEFAN RÜLL - Attorney-at-law, Stefan Rüll Law Office (Germany)

Attorney-at-law and Mediator, active in the film and television industry for many years, amongst others as Managing Director and Corporate Counsel of leading German film and television production and distribution companies. His law office in Berlin focuses on the legal consultation and representation of national and international producers mainly regarding co-productions, and of authors, directors, and other artists in the field of intellectual property law, film, and television. Dr. Rüll is a member of the committee for copyright and media law with the Bar Association in Berlin, board member of MiMMA e.V. (Mediation in the Media, Music and the Arts e.V.), member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL), founder and managing director of OnTrust Inkasso– und Abrechnungsgesellschaft mbH, and owner of Avocado FilmProduction e.K. He lectures regularly at leading German film schools and European professional training initiatives.


RADA ŠEŠIĆ - Filmmaker / Critic / Lecturer / Curator (Croatia/Netherlands)

Born in Bjelovar (Croatia), lived in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), now lives in The Netherlands. Worked as a film critic and a journalist for Radio-Television Sarajevo and for the film magazine Sineast. Directed several shorts and documentaries in her home country. Lived in India during the 1990/1991 and specialised South Asian cinema. Since 1993, based in Utrecht. Collaborates on the programme of two biggest film festivals in The Netherlands: IFFRotterdam and IDFA in Amsterdam and is on a selection of IDFA’s Jan Vrijman Fund; also among the commission members of the Hubert Bals Fund. Head of the Documentary Programme of the Sarajevo FF. Lecturer and tutor (Dutch Institute for Film Education, NIF; Geneva Film School; Srishti Institute, Bangalore, etc.). Programme advisor for South East European and South Asian Film, DOK Leipzig; programmer of the Kerala IFF. Director: Room without a View (1997); Soske (2001); In Whitest Solitude (2001); The Way to School (2007).


CHARLOTTE GRY MADSEN – DR International Sales (Denmark)

Charlotte Gry Madsen has an MA in media studies from Copenhagen University and supplementary training in documentary co-production and financing. Worked with television production until she was employed as sales and programme consultant by DR's international sales department in 1998. DR International Sales is a part of DR, the Danish Broadcasting Corp., and is Scandinavia’s largest distributor of high quality programming. We distribute documentaries, fiction and children’s programmes produced in-house by DR as well as by independent producers and production companies to broadcasters world wide. We introduce approx. 40 new documentaries a year and work with approx. 10 documentaries in production (co-financing).


LEENA PASANEN – Programme Coordinator, YLE (Finland)

Leena Pasanen started her career as a journalist 1988 at the Finnish News Agency, first as a reporter and later on as a political commentator in the Parliament house. In 1993 she joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company, where she worked as a reporter, political commentator, subeditor and TV presenter for the current affairs magazine programme on YLE TV1. After that she was the head of documentaries for YLE TV1 years 1999-2000. When YLE launched new digital channels, she was chosen as Head of Programmes responsible for cultural, factual and fiction programmes in YLE Teema, a channel focused on culture, science and education. She stayed with the channel until November 2005 when she started her work as the director of EDN, European Documentary Network in Copenhagen. In November 2008 she returned to YLE in Finland as Coordinator of Programmes at YLE Fact and Culture and is leading a two-year pilot project on 360 degree commissioning. A regular expert, tutor and lecturer for several training programmes, for example EDN, Discovery Campus, EURODOC and Television Business School. She is an EURODOC graduate year 1999 and a member of the international advisory committee of Hot Docs. She’s also been a member of the board of IDFA Forum, INPUT and the Bonnier’s Journalistic Award in Finland.


ADAM GEE – Commissioning Editor, Cross Platform (Factual), Channel 4 (UK)

Adam is one of the most experienced commissioners in UK broadcasting of multiplatform interactive projects around TV. Recent projects include One Born Every Minute; Big Art Mob; Sexperience; Picture This; Embarrassing Bodies; Landshare (all Channel4). Adam has won over 70 international awards for his productions - including three BAFTAs, two RTS Awards (Royal Television Society), two Media Guardian Innovation Awards, a Design Council Millennium Award and the Grand Award at the New York International Film & Television Festival. Adam has served on BAFTA’s Television and Interactive Entertainment committees and is a voting member of the European Film Academy. He is a trustee of Culture24/the 24 Hour Museum (


ARTUR LIEBHART – Managing Director, Against Gravity / Planete Doc Review (Poland)

Artur graduated from political science at Warsaw University. Runs local distribution company Against Gravity and Planete Doc Review, an international film festival dedicated to feature-length documentary films. Against Gravity releases films theatrically, has own DVD line and services 10 TV channels in Poland with 90’ and 60’ international documentary films. With 31,000 tickets sold in 2010, Planete Doc Review belongs among the most popular documentary festivals in the region. 85% of all presented films are sold after the festival to Polish broadcasters. 


FILIP REMUNDA – Director / Producer, Hypermarket Film (Czech Republic)

Filip Remunda (*1973) is a Czech director, cinematographer and producer. In 2005 he graduated from FAMU's Department of Documentary Film. During his studies he attended the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. He lectured at the Flaherty Documentary Seminar in the USA. Co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film. He runs the independent production company Hypermarket Film. Selected Filmography: New Names for Old Friends (1999, Betacam, 40’, What Ever!); Hilary and Chris on the Road (1999, 16mm, 16’, FAMU, Czech Television); Village B. (2002, 35mm, 30’, FAMU, Czech Television, YLE, ARTE, awarded at the 2002 Karlovy Vary IFF, 2003 FamuFest, 2003 Art Film Festival); A.B.C.D.T.O.P.O.L. (2003, Betacam, 73’, Simply Cinema, CT); Czech Dream (dir. with Vít Klusák, 2004, 35mm, 87’, Hypermarket Film, Czech Television, Studio Mirage, FAMU); The Tadpole, the Rabbit and the Holy Ghost (26 min, Digi Beta, Czech Television, Jihlava IDFF 2007 Audience Award, Pavel Koutecky Award 2007); Czech Peace (dir. with Vít Klusák, 2010, 35mm, 103’, Hypermarket Film, Czech Television, Taskovski Films).


JESPER OSMUND – Editor (Denmark) 

Born in 1964, Denmark. A film editor since 1991 after years of working as an assistant editor. Has edited feature films, short films, mini series, commercials, but the last ten years mainly focused on internationally co-produced feature-length documentaries. Among his recent films you find: BANANAS!* (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, USA 2009) shown at more than 40 festivals; Long Distance Love (Sweden 2009); Imagen Final/Final Image (Argentina, Chile, Sweden, Denmark, USA 2008); Juntos/Together (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Italy 2007), Rolling Like A Stone (Sweden 2005), and The Well (Sweden, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland 2005).


GEORG TSCHURTSCHENTHALER – Producer, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion (Italy)

Born December 20, 1974 in Innichen, Italy, Georg Tschurtschenthaler studied economics and communication sciences in Vienna. Since 2005 - PhD studies at HFF (Film and Television School) Potsdam (Subject: Qualitätsfilme: Definition, Markt, Erfolgsfaktoren). After working as a business consultant he started his career in the film industry where he worked for five years as a freelance producer and production manager for documentary and fiction films (The End of the Neubacher Project, Marcus J. Carney, 2006; Hamlet_X - 22 short films, Herbert Fritsch, 2008; Eleven Uncle, Herbert Fritsch, 2009). Since January 2009 - Berlin office of Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion.

ANAÏS CLANET – International Sales, Wide House (France)

Anaïs Clanet began in the cinema industry in 2005 working for the cinema website where she made interviews and covered press screenings to supply the database with updates for documentary titles such as The Kid Stays in the Picture. Anaïs  pursued her master studies in History and Audiovisual. In 2006, she started an internship at Wide Management and took care of the international sales of the documentary catalogue. In 2007, she became Head of Sales and Acquisitions and took care of the fiction sales department as well. Loïc Magneron and herself opened this spring Wide House, an independent documentary structure focused on documentaries sales.





KATARZYNA KOLA – Polish Film Institute (Poland)

2003–2006: Master 2 in Film Studies, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III. 1997-2002: Master in Film Studies, Jagiellonian University. 07/2009 – present: Polish Film Institute – Dept. of Development of Film Projects and Script Grants. 2006 - present: Translation of comic books from French for Kultura Gniewu. 2004 – present: Cooperation with Gutek Film. 04/2009: Cooperation with the festival Off Camera. 11-12/2007: Assistant in Dept. of Advertising in the monthlies IDEAT and Coté Maison, Paris. 09-10/2007: Traineeship in the film monthly STUDIO Magazine, Paris. 09/2007: Curator of the exhibition Natures Singulières – photography of Lech Majewski, Gallery of Basia Embiricos, Paris. 2001-2005: Journalist in Dept. of Culture: Życie Częstochowy, Kwadrans Akademicki, Magazyn Młodych i Dynamicznych, Celuloid. 1998-2001: Member of the Student Jury, Krakow Film Festival.


TOMASZ KOLANKIEWICZ – Programming Editor, Fiction and Documentary Film Dept., TVP Kultura (Poland)

Working in feature and documentary film editing team in TVP Kultura since 2007. Responsible for picking and programming both feature and documentary movies. Represented TVP Kultura as a commissioning editor during pitching events at Italian Doc Screenings in Trento and at the Jihlava IDFF (both 2009). Especially interested in artistic cinema and documentaries on culture and current affairs.




ADAM ŚLESICKI – Executive Producer, Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (Poland) 

Born May 24, 1974. 1997 - 2000 - American Studies Center, Warsaw University – MA in American Studies; 1992 - 1999 - International Relations, Dept. of Journalism and Political Sciences, WU; 1995 - 1998 - Latin American Studies Center, WU. Previous work experience: 2008 – 2005 – promotion manager, graphic designer, coordinator of programs - Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, 2001 – 2005 – freelance cooperation with the Wajda School, 1993 – 2004 – screenwriter, court reporter, film journalist, translator. Selected filmography (executive producer): Oh God, Dear God (2010), Film Factory (2010), Little Bride (2009), Beautiful Misunderstanding (2009), A Film for You, Gdynia (2007). Selected filmography (promotion manager): The Dog Hill (2010), Getting On (2009), Andrzej Wajda: Let's Shoot (2008), At the Dacha (2006).



BARTEK KONOPKA – Filmmaker (Poland) 

He is a graduate in Film Studies from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow. He studied journalism and worked as a TV and radio reporter for 4 years. In 2002, he graduated in Directing from the Kieslowski Film School, Katowice and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, Warsaw. Bartek has directed numerous documentaries for TVP, TVN, MTV, VIVA as well as commercials and videos. He was nominated for the prestigious Polityka Passports Award for the best young talent. He received a Ministry of Culture scholarship for artistic achievements. He is currently shooting his full-length feature debut. He is an expert for the Polish Film Institute. His Rabbit a la Berlin received an Oscar nomination and his Fear of Heights received the Hartley-Merrill award for Best Script in 2009.



BEATA DZIANOWICZ – Filmmaker (Poland)

Born in 1969 in Katowice. Graduate in Polish from Silesia University, Katowice in 1993, and in Film Directing from the Kieslowski Film School, Katowice, in 1996. She is a playwright, and her Koncert zyczen (Concert of Wishes) was televised on Television Theatre (TVP) in 2008. She works for the Stanisław Wyspianski Silesian Theatre, Katowice. She makes documentaries, including Marzenia i smierc (Dreams and Death), 1998, Sztuka dyrygowania (The Art of Conducting), 2000, Podroz [nie calkiem] sentymentalna (A [not entirely] Sentimental Journey), 2003 and Deyna, 2003. In 2007, she made Latawce (Kites) which tells the story of a film course run by a Polish director at the Art School in Kabul, Afghanistan. In addition to other awards and international screenings, Kites received the Critic's Week Award at the 2008 Locarno IFF and the Silver Award at the 2010 Anasy Documentary Awards.


SLAWOMIR SIKORA – Anthropologist, Lecturer, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw (Poland)

Anthropologist, lecturer at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw. His interests, publications and teaching are mainly focused on visual anthropology, anthropology of death and related theoretical issues. He is the author Fotografia. Między dokumentem a symbolem (Photography. Between Document and Symbol), 2004 and was the creator and co-editor of the volumes of Kwartalnik Filmowy (Film Quarterly). He was co-editor of the book Zanikające granice. Antropologizacji nauki i jej dyskursów (Vanishing Borders. The Anthropologisation of Science and its Discourses), 2009. He was the co-curator of the exhibition Nostalgia urzeczywistniona. Afryka w fotografiach Kazimierza Zagórskiego (Nostalgia Realised. Africa in the Photography of Kazimierz Zagorski), Zachęta 2005. He was the co-author of an anthropological film about wedding videos Żeby to było ciekawe… Film o mediatyzacji obrzędów weselnych (As Long as It’s Interesting… A Film about the Mediatisation of Wedding Ceremonies), 2009.


ALEKSANDRA GOWIN – Editor (Poland) 

Documentary and feature film editor. She graduated in Film Directing from the Lodz Film School (specializing in Film Editing). She has worked for several production companies and cultural institutions, and has edited student films at the Lodz Film School, including Patrz na mnie (Look at Me) and Moja droga siostra (My Dear Sister). She has been working for Passendorfer since March 2010. She speaks fluent English, French and German, and basic Danish.




IRENEUSZ GRZYB – Editor (Poland) 

Documentary and feature film editor. He graduated in Television Programmes from the Lodz School of Projection and Advertising and Film Directing Level 1 (specialising in Film Editing) from the Lodz Film School. He is currently completing Level 2 in Film Directing. Selected filmography: Zgodnie z planem (According to Plan), directed by Pawel Ziemilski, Lodz Film School. M20 [Swiety interes] (M20 [A Great Deal]), directed by Maciej Wojtyszko, edited by Ewa Smal, WFDiF production company as assistant editor. Co-director, co-script writer and assistant editor on Druciki (The Little Wires).



ADAM KOZIOL – Editor (Poland) 

Documentary and feature film editor. A student at the Lodz Film School (specialising in film editing). He edited the films Lalka (The Doll) and W srodku (In the Middle) in the compilation film project Lodz od switu do nocy (Lodz from Morning to Night), 2008. He worked on Miodowy miesiac (Honeymoon), 2009 and Po obu stronach (On Both Sides), 2009. He was awarded a prize for the best trailer for a student etude for his MC. Czlowiek z winylu (MC. Man of Vinyl) at the Łodzią po Wiśle Film Festival.



LESZEK LEMANSKI – Editor (Poland) 

Documentary and feature film editor. Graduated in Community Arts (specialising in Film and Photography) from the University of Zielona Gora. He is currently in the 3rd year of Film Directing at Lodz Film School. He has gained professional experience at Polish Television in Gorzow (film editing), Patio Television, Lodz (film editing, TV broadcasting, camera operator), Media Center, Lodz (film editing, camera operator).