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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.

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Ex Oriente Film application 2015 step 1 / 5


A filled-out online application form must be sent by June 1, 2015.

Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered. No hard copies.
Applying is free of charge.

Application Step-by-step

Before you start filling out the application form, please make sure you are able to provide all required materials (logline and synopsis; treatment; budget and financial plan in separate MS Word and Excel files; film stills; photos of director and producer; links to the trailer and to the filmmakers ´presentation video). PLEASE MAKE SURE ALSO THAT YOUR BROWSER ALLOWS COOKIES AND THAT THE SOFTWARE YOU ARE USING DOES NOT BLOCK COOKIES (some Firewalls do).


1/5) Accept Ex Oriente Film conditions of participation (current page).
2/5) Fill out details on the project, director, producer, production company.
- Insert link to the trailer (can by based on research material)
- Insert link to the 2- to 5- minute video of yourself where you explain why you want to make this particular film and attend the workshop. (The video can be very rough and ready recorded on a flipcam, iphone, computer, etc.) 
- Insert link to the previous film of the director
3/5) Verify the application
4/5) Attach files (each max. 2 MB)
- Logline and synopsis (approx. 1 A4)
- Treatment (approx. 2 A4)
- Budget (approx. 1/2 A4)
- Financial plan (approx. 1/2 A4)
- Film stills (max. 10)
- Director’s photo
- Producer’s photo
5/5) Generate the confirmation code

It is necessary to do all five steps at once!

If you have any questions or trouble filling out the online application form, please contact our coordinator Maša Markovič at

Before you fill out the application and send your project, please go through our checklist:

1) The project specifies the main storyline and gives a strong sense of what the future film will be like.
2) The project has an actual topic and it is not merely a description of the story and protagonists.
3) The project has an overlap, i.e., the local subject is tied in with the universal. 
4) A logline (a one-sentence description) is included at the beginning of the project.
5) Any film titles that might appear in the CV’s have been translated into English.
6) The project includes pictures that relate to the story, its environment and protagonists.
7) The project includes contact details for the director and the producer.
8) The project includes a budget draft.
9) The project is max. 6 pages long.

Project Selection:
Projects will be assessed by a five-member committee made up of IDF staff and international experts. 

The list of 12 projects selected for the Ex Oriente Film Workshop will be announced in June 2015 at

Conditions of Participation:

Directors and producers participate with their own creative documentary projects. Please note, in order to fully benefit from the programme, participants (both director and producer) must be able to commit full-time to the following dates. Participants must be proficient in English. The Ex Oriente Film workshop is designed primarily for Central and East European creative documentary projects dealing  and for directors and producers from Central and Eastern Europe. However, we may accept up to one-third (4 out of 12 projects) of participants/projects from other parts of Europe with projects thematically bound to our region.

Participation Fee:

Participation fee is EUR 1,800 per selected project (includes all accommodation, coffee breaks and lunches for 2 persons during the three workshop sessions).

Successful participants whose project is selected may apply for scholarship to cover part of the participation fee. Applicants must prove that there is no access to scholarship for attending the professional training in their own country. 

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