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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 preparing a creative documentary film and searching for information, consultations and financial support? Apply for Ex Oriente Film 2009 untill February 1 2009. The Ex Oriente Film workshop is an international workshop that supports the development and funding of creative documentary films in the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe. During three sessions that take place over the course of one year, filmmakers and producers receive assistance from experienced European producers, directors, trainers, AV experts and TV commissioning editors in order to develop their story, draft a financing strategy for their project and find international partners. Ex Oriente Film leads into the East European Forum - pitching session for East European Creative Docs.



Application Deadline
February 1, 2009

2009 Ex Oriente Film Application Form
2009 Ex Oriente Film Agreement of Participation 

What is unique about the 2009 Ex Oriente Film workshop?
- 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 release or distribution.


For the first Ex Oriente Film workshop session, we invite:
Tue Steen Muller – free lance consultant, Denmark
Marijke Rawie – free lance consultant, The Netherlands
Mikael Opstrup – producer, Denmark
Stan Neumann – director, France
Jean Pierre Rehm – director, FIDMarseille , France
Line Sandsmark – director, European Documentary Network, Norway
Kostomarov Pavel – director, Russia
Neils Pagh Anderson – editor, consultant, Denmark
Kaja Widermuth – commissioning editor, MDR, Germany
Estelle Robin – producer, Les Films du Balibari, France




1st Session: March 23 - 29, 2009 ”Find Your Way”
Venue: Prague
Duration: Five days
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 main characters, 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: June 15 - 21, 2009 - ”Production Development”
Location: Czech Republic
Duration: Six days
The second session deals with financing, budgeting according to EU standards, the legal aspects of co-productions, 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 programs in which they improve different aspects of the projects – directors should clarify the story and 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 crucial subjects: “A Day of Budgeting”, “A Day of Legal Aspects” ,“A Day of Financial Tour”.




3rd Session: October 27 - November 1, 2009 – ”The Market Opens”
Location: Jihlava, Czech Republic
Duration: Six days
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-productions using case studies by commissioning editors, producers and distributors. The session is concluded with the East European Pitching Forum and follow-up meetings with selected tutors.




Additional Evaluation Session: Ex Oriente Film Babies - January 2010
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration Two days
A two-day session that consists of case studies and screenings of successful finished or almost finished Ex Oriente films. We also invite the participation of sales agents and distributors who at this stage can still offer valuable advice with regard to a suitable distribution strategy. The second part of the program includes rough-cut screenings of nearly finished projects that aim to provide inspiration and support to the filmmakers as they finalize their films. 



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


Detailed info about the conditions and the whole training process can be found in the IDF Activities sestion or HERE...

Ex Oriente Film 2009: Ivana Miloševič (, Zuzana Pauková ( )
Previous editions follow-up: Hana Rezkova (