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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.

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

25th to 27th October 2003

2 days

2 lectures, 1 guest + CE's

24 filmmakers (12 East-European producers together with directors of the projects)

Pitching Forum at International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava

Theoretical and practical part of the workshop taking place one day prior to the Pitching Forum will run through these topics:

  • The package;
  • Negotiation and pitching techniques;
  • Film promoting and sales;
  • How to deal with CE's;
  • Major European and world markets.

The second day of the workshop will take place at the Pitching Forum. The producers will have the opportunity to examine, as spectators, the strategies and mistakes of their colleagues and observe the evaluation criteria of the present commissioning editors.

Third day of the workshop is dedicated to meeting of the selected commissioning editors and the workshop participants. Each commissioning editor will receive a file containing projects of the producers who did not participate in the Pitching Forum. Although this is not really pitching, each participant will introduce his/her project and the individual commissioning editors will evaluate its pros and cons from their point of view of the film purchasers. In case that they will take interest in a project, they can hold further negotiations with the film's producer. These representatives of the industry give their final recommendations to the participants and projects. At the end we assume there will be a discussion about the role the commissioning editors play in the film development and about their co-operation with the East-European producers.

The workshop will conclude with the final evaluation of the projects, which of them were successful and why. The participants will evaluate the whole year programme - how the strategy of the project development worked, how works the strategy of company building and development, who changed their plan and how, and East-European specifics. This evaluation closes the whole year's.