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Founded in 2001, the INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of East European documentary films and their wider promotion. Our activities support filmmakers through all stages of completion – development, funding, production, post-production, and distribution. We aim at individual filmmakers (tailored consultations), groups of carefully selected professionals with projects or films (Ex Oriente Film, East European Forum, East Silver, Doc Launch, etc.), broader professional community (East Doc Platform), as well as the general public (portal www.DOKweb.net). We closely work with key int. festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, or training initiatives and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM.

EX ORIENTE FILM HANDBOOK Vol. 1

Which European TV station offers documentary slots that suit your project? Is it necessary to choose between an international topic and creative approach? How should a co-production budget look like? What is the future for documentaries in TV prime time? Which European institutions, organizations, training programs, forums, grants and other resources can you turn to when looking for financial cooperation on your project? EX ORIENTE FILM HANDBOOK is a unique guide overviewing possibilities for European co-production.

- Published by the Institute of Documentary Film

Which European TV station offers documentary slots that suit your project? Is it necessary to choose between an "international topic" and creative approach? How should a co-production budget look like? What is the future for documentaries in TV prime time? Which European institutions, organizations, training programs, forums, grants and other resources can you turn to when looking for financial cooperation on your project?  
EX ORIENTE FILM HANDBOOK is a unique guide overviewing possibilities for European co-production.

The Documentary Film Institute expands its support of original documentaries by publishing the first guide to European co-production: the EX ORIENTE FILM HANDBOOK.

Currently, this manual is the only resource of its kind on the Czech market and one of very few in the European scope.

IDF´s motivation to publish the handbook is to reap the fruits of several running years of the perennial educational Ex Oriente Film program by comprehensively explaining the essential issues of European co-production and making this information available to a broad range of documentary professionals. Documentary filmmaking should not be left to depend on the support of the local public television with its frequently controversial influence. The Ex Oriente Film Handbook maps alternative routes to creation and financing of original films, gives concrete examples and advice, and provides tools for the readers to hack their own paths through the European audiovisual space with.

The handbook is published in English and tries to be useful to all European directors, independent producers, organizers of training programs, conventions and festivals as well as films schools and organizations.

The handbook was contributed to by leading European television producers, documentary filmmakers, audiovisual specialists and lawyers  (Tue Steen Müller - European Documentary Network (Denmark), Ikka Vehkalahti - YLE TV (Finland), Nick Fraser - BBC (UK), Stefano Tealdi - Stefilm (Italy), Christian Popp - ARTE (Germany), Tina Fischer - Danish Film Institute (Denmark), Franz Grabner - ORF (Austria), Paul Pauwels - RTBF (Belgie),  Ulla Jacobsen - DOX Editor (Denmark), Dr.Stefan Rüll - lawyer specializing in audiovisual law (Germany)

CONTENT

Introduction to co-productions

- get on top of coproduction
- introduction
- coproduction of documentary film in Europe
- European documentaries - a short summary

Film content and international audience
- searching for "international documentary"
- standards for the submission of original themes (see excerpt)
- there is no such thing as a documentary script

Budgeting
- the difference between a national and an international co-production budget
- budget proposal (see excerpt)
- French co-production budget

Where to go in Europe (see excerpt)
- project development and documentary
- sales through training, pitching and marketing
- auteur films and prime time television
- funding: initial contacts (see excerpt)

Legal aspects
- legal aspects
- co-production and co-operation agreement/ draft (see excerpt)
- European co-production agreements

In the case you are interested in the handbook, please contact us at: ales@docuinter.net


Institute of Documentary Film is currently working on the second edition of the Ex Oriente Film Handbook. More info will be published in July.