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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.

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.

Ex Oriente Film Workshop Boosts Polish Documentary

The next session of the Ex Oriente Film workshop will take place in Warsaw from June 28 - July 4, 2010 with the support of the Polish Film Institute and in cooperation with the Eureka Media production company headed by Krzysztof Kopczynski. On top of its regular programme, a part of the second Ex Oriente Film session in Poland will be dedicated specifically to Polish filmmakers.

In keeping with tradition, the second Ex Oriente Film session will offer participants and filmmakers master classes, seminars and sessions dedicated to production planning, copyright and legal issues, marketing, trailer editing, storytelling, as well as consultations for directors and producers open to Polish documentary film professionals.

Polish documentary filmmakers will be able to use this opportunity to consult their projects and meet with film professionals who will attend the workshop as guests and tutors (please follow programme details here).

Polish documentary film directors and producers can apply for consultations and meetings until June 15, 2010 by sending the application form to


Here you can download the Ex Oriente Film application form - Polish Call.


In case you would like to consult a specific project in development, please send it along with the application form. Each project must include: max. 2 pages of storyline (short treatment) with basic financial information and 1 page with CVs and company profile. In case the number of applicants for meetings exceeds the capacity of consultants, participants will be selected on the quality of their projects.

We will notify applicants of the exact time and date of their consultation and send them the final itinerary by June 20, 2010.


Ex Oriente Film in Poland will offer Polish filmmakers the following:

  • Project Consultations and Individual Meetings with some of Europe’s best commissioning editors (e.g., Channel 4, DR, YLE, etc.) and established European producers;

  • Networking and Participation in Group Sessions, Polish filmmakers and film professionals may attend groupwork sessions and actively participate in the project development of Ex Oriente Film projects.


Ex Oriente Film Lectures and Seminars:

  • Production Tour of Europe, an in-depth analysis of TV slots, CE’s, funds and European funding system and production companies; budgeting by EU standards; strategies for selecting commissioning editors and an appropriate television format;

  • Legal Issues of International (Co-)production, a day-long session by Stefan Rűll, an attorney-at-law and high-profile expert based in Berlin, Germany;
  • Distribution Strategies for Documentary Films, a session by experts from TV networks and some of Europe’s leading independent sales companies;

  • Introduction into Budgeting, co-production with broadcasters, co-production budget involving multiple production companies, film budget in relation to financial plan, etc., by producer Helge Albers, Flying Moon Filmproduktion GmbH, Germany;

  • New Ways of Commissioning, Lena Passanen (YLE, Finland) and Adam Gee (Channel 4, UK) will tell and show what they are doing in the field of documentary commissioning. A lecture concerning the possibilities these broadcasters create and what it means for producers and directors to think in the new ways of producing cross-media content and 360° TV programming.


Ex Oriente Film Screenings:

  • Czech Peace - Special screening and case study of the new documentary comedy recently released in cinemas in the Czech Republic. It is the highly-anticipated film by directors Filip Remunda and Vít Klusák who made the international documentary hit Czech Dream six years ago. The topic might be of special interest to Polish audiences because of our shared experience, i.e., the US missile and radar bases that had been planned for construction in the region before the election of Barack Obama; 

  • Polish DOX: Case study and screening of the two latest successful festival hits Rabbit à la Berlin by director Bartek Konopka and producer Anna Wydra, and Kites by director Beata Dzianowicz and producer Krzysztof Kopczyński; post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers.


Click here to download a detailed version of the programme (PDF).