- 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)
Introduction to co-productions
- get on top of coproduction
- 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
- 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
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Documentary Film is currently working on the second edition of the Ex Oriente Film Handbook. More info will be published in July.