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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



Ex Oriente Film Workshop – 3rd Session: The Market Opens
Venue: Jihlava, Czech Republic
Dates: October 24 - 30, 2011 / East European Forum: October 29 - 30, 2011



In October 2011, the workshop will be completed with the East European Forum presentations and networking session that will boost funding efforts of the attending projects. The third session deals mainly with practical skills that are required for the presentation of the project. However, its main theoretical themes are distribution plan and sales, post-pitching negotiation techniques for documentaries, as well as communication strategies to enlist the support of European funds and broadcasters. The theoretical parts of this workshop discuss specific examples of international co-production using case studies presented by commissioning editors, producers and distributors.


Apart from being focused on project presentation, each day of the session will revolve around a specific theme. The first day will be dedicated to the opportunities of better marketing and packaging for documentaries. The second and third day will consist of group sessions, mini group sessions and individual meetings, combined with open session lectures on alternative documentary distribution, financing as well as master classes. On the fourth day, we will also offer a parallel programme and rough-cut consultations for local (regional) filmmakers.



Tutors for the third session:

Marijke Rawie – Head Tutor; expert consultant, moderator (The Netherlands)
Mikael Opstrup – Head Tutor; producer, production tutor, EDN Head of Studies (Denmark)
Anaїs Clanet – Sales Agent, Wide Management (France)
Bjørn Erichsen – consultant (Denmark)
Sean Farnel – consultant, documentary film specialist (Canada)
Erik Gandini – director, producer (Sweden)
Jakob K. Høgel – director, commissioning editor (Denmark)
Fleur Knopperts – producer, Volya Films (The Netherlands)
Salome Jashi – director, producer, Sakdoc Film (Georgia)
Marta Lamperová – Sales Representative (Czech Republic)
Paul Pauwels – Director of ETMA – Europ. TV & Media Management Academy (Belgium)
Iikka Vehkalahti – commissioning editor, consultant, YLE TV2 (Finland)
Denis Vaslin – Producer, Volya Films (The Netherlands)
Vít Janeček – Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Scriptwriter (Czech Republic)


The third session will result into the Forum, where all the workshop films will be presented and meet all decision makers within the Feedback Round Tables. All commissioning editors and Forum guests who will meet participants are selected on the basis of their slots and preferences. During the presentation sessions they do not provide feedback on the presented projects as before, but later on they meet with all producers and directors in feedback sessions. All Forum decision makers are also involved in the networking dinners organized for selected East European producers and participants.


Additional parts of the program offered to workshop participants:

Managing director of ETMA Paul Pauwels will again have a half-day session for professional audience, focused on TV management and programming, named “Efficient Media Management 2” and tailored for new and internationally inexperienced producers, commissioning editors from the region and filmmakers who would like to know more about the inner workings of TV networks as well as new trends in media management in general.

All participants as well as interested professionals will also attend the East Silver Tour: How does the Doc Market work in practice? How can we use it? The session will also feature a presentation on IDFA's The Forum and Docs for Sale. In addition, all Ex Oriente Film workshop participants will again be offered an open programme of the East Silver market.

In 2011 we plan, for example, to have East Silver Breakfast with Czech producers – Breakfast with Romanian producers and distributors – Breakfast with Baltic producers and distributors. Breakfast events will focus on documentary production, new projects and co-production opportunities in these countries.

In 2011 we also plan organizing Master Classes that shed more light on the work of some of Europe's most notable documentary filmmakers.  For example, in 2010, we had the great pleasure of hosting the following documentarians: Michael Glawogger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter (both Austria), Pawel Łoziński (Poland), and Pavel Kostomarov (Russia). The open programme will again offer our annual presentation of feature documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe, aimed for festival programmers, distributors, sales agents, members of the press and audiences who get the first glimpse of films slated for theatrical release over the next year. The presentation will  help films in making a successful transition into distribution.