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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.


Are you working on a creative documentary project, looking for information, consultancy and support for its development, production and distribution in the European market? Submit your proposal for Ex Oriente Film - a year-long international workshop that supports the development and funding of creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. Application deadline: February 1, 2010.


At three workshops that take place in the course of one year, directors and producers develop their projects and funding strategies and benefit from the assistance and valuable advice provided by established European producers, directors, AV experts and commissioning editors. The Ex Oriente Film training programme is completed with the co-production meeting East European Forum that gives documentary filmmakers a chance to pitch their project and secure funding from West European and North American broadcasters.



Participation fee is EUR 1,500 per selected project (includes all accommodation, coffee breaks and lunches during the three workshops for 1-2 pers.). The deadline for payment is Monday, March 8, 2010.


Participants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia may apply for a scholarship to cover part of the accommodation and participation fees. Applicants must prove that there is no possibility of scholarship in their own country and that the project is not supported by any development funding.

Conditions of Participation:

Participants must be proficient in English. All workshop sessions must be attended by both the producer and the director.


What is unique about the 2010 Ex Oriente Film?

- Participants work simultaneously on production as well as on the storyline, content and visual style, supporting primarily innovative and fresh film language;

- Creative directors are invited to offer participants inspiration;

- Ex Oriente Film helps creative projects that cannot be funded through standard TV sales by trying to find alternative channels and opportunities;

- Filmmakers are supported not only during the sessions, but also through consultations in between the workshops; they also get support to travel to the main industry events where they attend consultations and receive assistance with networking;

- After the workshop, we keep in touch with all our participants, and through other IDF activities we offer comprehensive follow-up support, providing international PR for any new developments, festival participation or distribution.

Completed Ex Oriente Film Documentaries

Since 2001, more than 49 films have been made with the help of the Ex Oriente Film or the East European Forum, with more films completed each year. Rabbit a la Berlin, a Polish documentary film by Bartek Konopka, received the Award for Best Short Documentary at Canada's Hot Docs and was in the shortlist of documentaries competing for the Academy Award nomination. Macedonian director Atanas Georgiev and his feature documentary Cash & Marry received an award at Visions du réel; Moon Inside You by Diana Fabiánová was included in the Critics Week section at the Locarno IFF. Among other awarded films were, for example, Sevdah by Croatian filmmaker Marina Andree or the Estonian Disco & Atomic War by Kiur Aarma and Jaak Kilmi .


1st Session: “Find Your Way”

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: March 23 - 28, 2010
The first session of the workshop deals with inspiration. Participants work mainly on the processing and development of the documentary project by focusing the story of the film and its protagonists, analyzing stronger and weaker points of the project and its international dimension, constructing a basic concept for the strategy of the film’s production and financing, employing the system of European funding, grants and broadcasters. Projects as well as negotiation and communication skills are developed in group sessions and one-on-one meetings, while particpants also receive feedback from commissioning editors and Europe's leading filmmakers. After the 1st session, every project gets its own tutor, a “guardian angel”, who supervises the project over the following months, offers assistance with a professionally prepared ”film pack” and trailer, consultation on the financing strategy of the project, and also provides the producer with useful contacts.

2nd Session: “Production Development”

Location: A selected capital in Central/Eastern Europe, TBC
Dates: June 2010
The second session deals with financing, budgeting according to EU standards, legal aspects of co-production, strategies for selecting commissioning editors and an appropriate television format, as well as a deeper creative development of the film projects. Directors and producers take part in separate parallel programmes in which they improve different aspects of the projects – directors should clarify the story and the protagonists, strengthen the international dimension of the story and finalize their trailers, while producers should prepare their individual plans for film financing, and consult their detailed budgets and financing sources (TV and non-TV funding overview). The second session includes the following key subjects: “A Day of Budgeting”, “A Day of Legal Aspects” ,“A Day of Financial Tour”.

3rd Session: “The Market Opens”

Location: Jihlava, Czech Republic
Dates: October 2010
The third session deals mainly with practical skills that are required for the presentation of the project and pitching. However, its main theoretical themes are distribution plan and sales, post-pitching negotiation techniques for documentaries, as well as communication strategies to get European broadcasters involved in the project. The theoretical parts of this workshop discuss specific examples of international co-production using case studies presented by commissioning editors, producers and distributors. The session is concluded with the East European Pitching Forum and follow-up meetings with selected tutors.


Year long consultancy:
Ex Oriente Film’s most important aspect are the year-long online sessions and consultation led by experienced project tutors and independent European producers (guardian angels).

Follow-up Programme:
After the Ex Oriente Film workshop, the projects will be provided with follow-up support - for more info, go here...


The selection results for the 2010 Ex Oriente Film will be posted at February 28, 2010.

Ivana Miloševič (
Hana Rezková (
Institute of Documentary Film (IDF)
Školská 12, Prague 1, 110 00
Czech Republic