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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.

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Ex Oriente Film

TV commissioning editors



Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, born in 1961, studies German and French literature and linguistics in Tübingen, works as a journalist free lance for German newspapers. In 1990 she starts working as a commissioning editor at the ZDF youth and children's department in Mainz. With the start of ARTE, the European Culture Channel in 1991, she becomes member of the ZDF department "Das kleine Fernsehspiel" in order to create programs for ARTE. Since 2000, in the department "ARTE Theme evenings", she is responsible for the development and production of thematic evenings (the themes: from "Wolves", over "Streetfashion", and "Digital Spirit" to "Seduction", "Fidelity", "Pain" and "Cancer", "The art of healing", "The skin", "Brain", "Jiddische Mamme", "Life with prison"...).

The pole ARTE Deutchland is the coordinator of the German part of programs for ARTE. The German companies from ARTE Deutchland are ZDF and 10 ARD regional as well as Degeto, which are all under an obligation to deliver approx. 850 hours of programming a year to ARTE. The obligations are shared as fellows: ZDF 50 % and ARD 50 % (WDR 11 %, NDR 8.13 %, BR 7.25 %, MDR 5.25 %, SWR 8.38 %, HR 3.5 %, ORB 1.25 %, RB 1.25 %, SR 1.25 %, SFB 2.75 %). About 70% of the programs are first broadcast on ARTE. ARTE has six-month exclusive license. The channels buy, produce and co-produce documentaries for ARTE. Normally the development of project begins by contacting a coordinator or commissioning editor from ARTE/ZDF. When a channel accepts a project, the coordinator makes an official proposal via ARTE Deutchland to the Conference of program in Strasbourg. Total annual hours of documentaries delivered by ARTE Deutchland: 240 in documentary strands plus approx. 120 hours within theme evenings.

Contact: ZDF ARTE Themenabende, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz, D-55100 Mainz, Germany,




Madeleine Avramoussis was born in Cairo on September 20 th, 1956. She is French.
Since April 1992 she has been working as commissioning editor of documentaries at ARTE Thema.
Other working experience: April 1991 to March 1992 producer of documentaries in TAXI Production, ANABASE Films, Paris. March 1990 to February 1991distributor of Documentaries for TAXI PRODUCTION, Paris. October 1985 to February 1990 Commercial Department of FUNRADIO 102 Fm, Paris. Private, commercial music & entertainment network of 130 radios.
Education: 1974-1979 BA German literature, History and Political Science - Paris VIII, 1980-1982 ESIT - Superior school for interpreters and translators, Paris, MA "The alternative press in FR of Germany" Sorbonne, Paris Summa cum laude, 1998 Scriptwriting - INA
Languages: German, English, Italian, Greek, Arabic

THEMA, the theme evening, is the recognized hallmark of the channel ARTE. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays THEMA suggests long programs with cinema-films, all lengths of documentaries and new genres as well a whole evening under one title.
Sunday: subjects for the whole family
Tuesday: society, politics, science and economy
Thursday: fine arts, theatre, history and literature

Contact: ARTE THEMA, 2a, rue de la Fonderie, F-67000 Strasbourg, France,




Leena Pasanen was originally a journalist and reporter and for many years worked for the Finnish Press Agency. In 1999 she became the head of the documentary section at Finnish public television YLE. Currently she is a producer of the culture, science and education channel YLE Teema.

YLE Teema
YLE Teema is Finland's first digital channel, and focuses mainly on culture, science and education. The scope of its programs includes both documentaries and dramatic or animated films, including various magazines and portraits. YLE offers a wide range of themes, from history to art, literature, music, dance and opera. The aim of YLE is to offer its audiences both indelible experiences and food for thought.
YLE Teema has a special broadcasting time for documentaries concerned with globalization and Third World countries. It is one of the few European stations to feature two exclusively documentary sections. The length or format of the film is not limited in those sections.

Contact: YLE Teema, Box 88, FIN-00024 YLE, Finland,




Philippe Van Meerbeck is a Commissioning Editor at VRT (Vlaamse Radio & Televisie - Flemish TV) in Brussels, Belgium. He studied Social Communication at the HRITCS-film school in Brussels and started in 1980 as a scientific collaborator for the award winning historical TV-series 'De Nieuwe Orde' (The New Order) and 'De Kollaboratie' (The Collaboration). Philippe co-wrote the critical acclaimed series 'De Tijd der Vergelding' (Time of Reprisal) and 'De Oostfronters' (The Eastern Front) and wrote & edited the series 'In Ballingschap (In Exile) and 'Na September 44' (After September 44). From 1990 to 2000, Philippe made more than 50 feature programs about history for VRT-series like 'Boulevard' and 'Histories', a number of which were nominated & won awards (Prix Stendhal, Prix URTI). In July 2001 Philippe became Head of Documentaries and is in charge of three primetime and two late evening documentary slots on VRT-Canvas, the second public TV-channel in Flanders, Belgium.

Vlaamse Radio - en Televisieomroep is Belgium's Dutch - language public broadcaster of the Flemish community in Belgium. VRT consists of the family entertainment channel TV1, the young channel Ketnet and Canvas, which is an informative and cultural channel with a large documentary profile.

Contact: Programmanager Canvas, VRT- room 7L48, B-1043 Brussels,,,




Married and with two children. Master's degree in Modern History at the Free University of Brussels in
1975. Producer of Lichtpunt since 1981.

Lichtpunt is an independent broadcaster and has a twoweekly TV-programme on the second channel of the Flemish public broadcast (VRT). Lichtpunt is subsidised by the Flemish government. The mission of Lichtpunt is to bring documentaries, interviews and feature films from a humanist point of view. Therefore Lichtpunt broadcasts human/social-interest programmes. Lichtpunt produces a part of its programmes by its own Staff, but als buys and co-produces on the international market.

Contact: Brand Whitlock Laan 50, B-1200 Brussels, Belgium -



CEES VAN EDE - NPS The Netherland

After a training at the Dutch Film Academy and three years of writing filmreviews for De Volkskrant, Cees van Ede has been working for Dutch television since 1976 as the editor and presenter of various film features: Cinevisie, Cinemagazine and Cinema 3. He made a five-part series on the history of Dutch cinema, another eight-part series on actors and acting and some twenty specials about stage and filmdirectors.
Since 1995, he is the editor of Het Uur van de Wolf (The Hour of the Wolf), a weekly NPS-tv programme that presents documentaries on arts and culture. (Each year a Silver Wolf Award is given to the best short documentary (60' max.), at the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam). As head of the documentary department at NPS-tv, he is involved in the development and production of documentaries with a wide variety of subject matter (politics, culture, history, etc.).

NPS is one of the 9 big public broadcasting corporations, who -together with 6 smaller ones-
broadcast on three different channels. Apart from those there are 9 commercial channels in The Netherlands.
NPS is financed by licence fees and advertising. It is a public service association with some legal obligations controlled by the Media Act of the government.
NPS transmits on Nederland 3 with a total of 800 annual hours.
Roughly 15 % of the airtime is devoted to documentaries in a wide variety: current affairs, political, cultural and creative documentaries.

Contact: NPS, P.O: Box 29000, 1202 MA Hilversum, The Netherlands -




For nearly nine years Franz Grabner was responsible for religious documentaries and the thematic evening "Kreuz&Quer / Criss-cross". In that time he also realized a new format for ORF - "Die BOX" and had been successful with a number of international coproduction as executive producer (e. g. 2002 Golden Gate Award for "Stalin - Red God"). Since Mai 2003 Franz Grabner is head of documentaries for art and culture for ORF.
Before 1994 he was managing two galleries of Contemporary and organizing numerous cultural events and film festivals.

ORF is an independent public service broadcasting corporation. It has two national TV channels: ORF 1 and ORF 2 plus four national and nine regional radio channels, all financed by license fees and advertising. The TV channels are complementary and are both transmitted by terrestrial network as well as satellite in collaboration with 3sat.
Total annual hours of transmission for both channels: 17.520.

Contact: ORF1 & ORF2, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Würzburggasse 30, 1136 Wien, Austria,



MARTIN STOLL - CT, Czech Republic

Mgr. Martin Stoll, Ph.D., Documentarist - Head Dramaturge of the Group of Documentary Works, Cycles and Series of the Center for Journalism, Documentaries and Education in the CT, also a director, photographer, lecturer at the FAMU and a publisher. He graduated at FAMU (1997) and took his Ph.D. there as well (2001). A student of Professor Jan Spata and a follower of Professor Antonin Navratil. Next to his own TV production (Kdo si hraje, nezlobi / He who plays, isn't naughty; Ma Mala Skala / My Mala Skala; Balet / Ballet, Genus - Milos Kirschner / Profile of Milos Kirschner, GENUS - Radovan Lukavsky / Profile of Radovan Lukavsky, Praha - jeviste vedy / Prague - the Stage of Science, Irsko: Konec Evropy / Ireland: the End of Europe, Lotysska pisen / The song of Lithuania, Sbirka zapadlych vlastencu / The collection of Lost Patriots), he deals with the history of documentary film, publishes (Hundred Years of Czech Documentary Film, Praha dokumentarni / Prague documantaristic, Mezi pravdou a lzi / Between the Truth and the Lie, Jan Spata: Okamziky radosti / Jan Spata: Moments of Joy) and manages a publishing house Mala Skala.

Czech television - CT
CT is public service broadcaster that operates on two national terrestrial channels CT1 and CT 2. Documentaries are mainly in-house productions and acquisitions. Approx. 60 hours a year is commissioned/co-produced with domestic or international producers. International co-productions CT realized mostly on the field of fiction programs, but in very last time it was discussed to produce some documentary programs in co - production with foreign broadcasters or producers.

Contact: Ceska televize, Kavci Hory, CZ-140 70 Praha 4, Ceska republika,


Independent producer:



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 Universität Berlin (FU), 1983- 1988 Study of Film at DFFB (German Film and Television Academy Berlin), 1995 EAVE (Media II). He speaks German and English.

MA.JA.DE Film, Germany
MA.JA.DE. Films was founded in 1991 and is based in Leipzig and Berlin. The main area of work is the production of feature-length documentaries. Since 1995 Heino Deckert has been single shareholder and director of MA.JA.DE Films. MA.JA.DE is also one of the co-founders of, an organization of seven European independent producers.

MA JA DE Filmproduktions-GmbH,Peterssteinweg 130, D-4107 Leipzig, Germany
MA JA DE Berlin Branch Karwendelstraße 211, D-2203 Berlin, Germany,