DOKweb Content is a portal dedicated to East European documentary film. The news section provides up-to-date information on upcoming and just completed films, interviews with filmmakers and other documentary professionals, in-depth articles exploring the state of documentary filmmaking in various parts of the region, as well as insightful texts on current trends, funding, etc. The portal also boasts the largest published databases of completed and upcoming documentary films from Eastern Europe, an industry directory, as well as trailers and original video content. is IDF´s key online project that provides comprehensive details on all IDF´s activities and links them with general information service.
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.


The second volume of the handbook dealing with co-production of documentary films. EX ORIENTE FILM HANDBOOK 2 takes up on the succesfull first volume, which summes up the possibilities of documentary filmmaking and co-production in Europe.

EX ORIENTE FILM HANDBOOK remains the only publication of its kind on the Czech market and one of a few in the European scope.

The second volume of the EX Oriente Film Handbook offers  the candidates of coproduction down-to-earth advice. It deals in detail with strategies for independent production companies, it maps out the possibilities of international distribution and sales, and it summes up avaiable practical tools which may aid East European documentary filmmakers in completion and succesfull distribution of creative films.


The guide is published in English and is targeted to directors, independent producers, trainers, festival and market organisers,  film schools and institutions.

The handbook features articles by leading European producers, filmmakers,  AV experts, distributors and festival and market organisers. In alphabetical order: Salma Abdalla, Simone Baumann, Martichka Bozhilova, Uldis Cekulis, Claas Danielsen, Sean Farnel, Tine Fischer, Diana Holtzberg, Marek Hovorka, Florin Iepan, Yves Jeanneau, Marje Jurtschenko, Tibor Kocsis, Krzysztof Kopczynski, Petr Kubica, Sibylle Kurz, Robert Lakatos, Faruk Loncarevic, Sergey Loznitsa, Georg Misch, Rasa Miskinyte, Boris Mitić, Tue Steen Müller, Timo Novotny, Nina Numankadic, Karel Och, Friedrich Ofner, Barbora Ondrejčáková, Ján Oparty, Mikael Opstrup, Paul Pauwels, András Petérffy, Svetlana Popović, Zoran Popović, Nenad Puhovski, Marijke Rawie, Jan Rofekamp, Fernanda Rossi, Miriam Šimková, Irena Taskovski, Stefano Tealdi, Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, Ana Vincente, Ralph Wieser


How to find your own way

when should one, as a producer, seek international financing of a documentary?
independent nationally funded documentary films versus co-production
documentary film treatment
treatment showcase
fundraising trailers
(see excerpt)
the art of pitching


the biggest problem of eastern european documentary
european ground for documentary film production
functioning of documentary production companies
     about documentary filmmaking inforg studio
     interview with mischief films
three out of many examples of how to make international documentary film
     the story of pretty dyana
     the story of new eldorado
     the story of life in loops: a megacities rmx


how to distribute creative and author´s documentary films
     strategies for the film festival circuit
     director´s view on festival strategy
     focus on festivals — various background and tastes (see excerpt)
film markets
     sunny side of the doc: a window on the international market
     docs for sale & the art of selling creative documentaries
     east silver – the biggest database of east european documentary films
sales agents
     more docs for sale (see excerpt)
digital network distribution

Docuimportant information

introduction to documentary department
     about commissioning editor (see excerpt)
     the edn tv-guide
the media programme and independent documentary film making
common mistakes & things to do to be successful with media development
(see excerpt)
documap of central and eastern europe
docuimportant web contacts