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Institute of Documentary Film


Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) has been supporting creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe since 2001. IDF provides both emerging and experienced filmmakers with training, financing, networking and pitching opportunities, helps them get international attention and co-productions, rewards the exceptional projects with Awards and further opportunities and improves their orientation on the international market. The promotional and practical service of IDF includes a wide range of online and offline catalogues being created annually, updating a thorough database of CEE documentaries and  professionals and a calendar of important deadlines for producers, and bringing news from the world of documentary film in general via dokweb.net and social media. To the audience of documentary enthusiasts, IDF also brings a rich programme of lectures, presentations and screenings in their home regions or during IDF’s industry events.  

In 2008 IDF was granted the European Documentary Network Award - Medal of Excellence.

More about all our activities, please visite dokweb.net.


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The Dazzling Light of Eastern Documentary

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East Doc Platform is an annual event organized by the Institute of Documentary Film where documentary filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe meet and consult their projects with experts from around the world. EDP bridges the East and the West, bringing together filmmakers across countries and continents. This year’s edition will openly address the rise of nationalism and totalitarian tendencies in these countries and the attempts to curb critical voices in the media and free docum...

Critical Documentary Filmmaking is Becoming a Risky Business

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The EAST DOC PLATFORM, the largest event for documentary professionals in Central and Eastern Europe, takes place March 3-9, 2018. During the week-long event, Prague will host leading documentary professionals, distributors, TV and festival selectors from around the world. Filmmakers will pitch their documentary projects and compete for several prizes in the total amount of EUR 35,000. General audiences can attend a number of interesting talks by international professionals. Most events take pla...

East Doc Platform to Focus on “New Resistance”

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The largest industry event dedicated to documentary filmmaking in Central and Eastern Europe reflects on the rise of populist regimes in the region and examines the options available for fighting efforts to suppress critical voices. “In the course of the year, we see dozens of Polish and Hungarian producers who, under various pretexts, suddenly lose funding for their projects. Yet in fact, it’s in reaction to their public expression of anti-regime opinions,” says Tereza &S...

East Doc Platform Unveils the Programme

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For the seventh time, the Institute of Documentary Film is organizing the East Doc Platform in Prague. The public is welcome to join Open Programme - held in English, free entrance. LIVE PITCH! Iikka and Mikael will conduct a live pitch and Q&A – OPEN LECTURE Saturday March 3 | 17:30 - 19:00 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes A welcome session to deep-dive in one of the hottest topic of the workshop Ex Oriente Film: Ikka Vehkalahti and Mikael Opstrup will give a realistic s...

East Doc Platform 2018: Meeting Point with Interesting Guests

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March 3 – 9, accomplished professionals involved in documentary filmmaking and distribution will meet in Prague. In addition to traditional representatives of Europe’s key TV networks, sales agents and festivals, EDP will for the first time host representatives of international funds now open to films from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as consultants who connect film with international business. They will introduce new start-ups designed to support documentary filmmakers. ...

A record number of Czech filmmakers at the East Doc Platform

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Czech filmmakers have been involved in the East Doc Platform (March 3 – 9, Prague) in increasingly larger numbers, which is a clear indication of the growing quality of Czech films in the international context. The 7th EDP will present a total of fifty projects from Central and Eastern Europe. Nearly one-third of the films includes a Czech director or a (co-)producer. Czech Docs… Coming Soon is a public presentation of five Czech documentary projects. Filmmakers and producers ha...

Best Documentary Projects Selected for East Doc Platform 2018

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The international documentary event EAST DOC PLATFORM will take place March 3 – 8, 2018 in Prague. The week-long event will host leading film professionals, distributors, TV and festival programmers. Filmmakers will present documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe that can win one of several prizes worth a total of EUR 35,000 for further film development. Members of the public are invited to attend a number of interesting lectures by international film professionals. The event ...

Czech documentaries celebrate successful year with record presence at IDFA

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Three Czech documentaries are in the programme of the 30th IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. IDFA’s competition sections include two Czech documentaries – Nothing Like Before about four teenagers in a Czech border town, and The Russian Job about a Swedish manager who tries to salvage the Soviet car manufacturer Lada. The controversial documentary The White World According to Daliborek that follows a small-town neo-Nazi will be presented in the prestigiou...

Apply for East Doc Forum and Market - deadline November 10, 2017!

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Over the past 15 years the East Doc Forum has hosted more than 700 filmmakers and producers from Central and Eastern Europe. Regularly, over 120 decision makers - commissioning editors, distributors, film fund representatives and festival programmers from Europe and North America are coming. Over 150 documentary films have been completed with the direct support of the East Doc Forum, including such internationally successful titles as Rabbit á la Berlin, Something Better to Come, Gangster...

East Doc Platform introduces new program features – now with short documentaries

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The EAST DOC PLATFORM, the largest international platform for Central and East European documentaries, takes place March 3 – 9, 2018 in Prague. Its 7th edition will introduce a number of new program features. In addition to its established sessions, the EDP will also host a pitch for interactive projects and, for the first time, for short documentaries. “We’d really like the East Doc Platform to be an event that reflects on some of the challenges that have emerged in the f...

Apply for East Doc Platform 2015 and get a chance to win 7500 Eur for your project!

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The fourth edition of the biggest documentary event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe, East Doc Platform, organized by Institute of Documentary Film in association with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in March 2015 in Prague will, apart from the traditional meetings of documentary professionals, workshops, lectures, pitchings, networking events and other activities, offer 7500 EUR prize for the best participating project in development. I...

East Doc Platform

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  SUBMIT YOUR PROJECTS from CENTRAL and EASTERN EUROPE East Doc Platform | Prague | March 4 – 10, 2013 | East European Forum, Doc Launch, East Silver Institute of Documentary Film calls for projects in development / production / post-production. Application deadline: December 1, 2012 ·         EAST EUROPEAN FORUM 5 day-workshop and public pitching. open for: 10 Central and East European projects in development and production fo...

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