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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 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.

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East Doc Platform Unveils the Programme

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 simulation of a professional pitch. Food for thoughts for the following days waiting the final East Doc Forum presentation.

Sunday March 4 | 10:00 - 11:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

We will go through a sales agent´s contract and explain all things important to know. In a new digital era, distribution has changed so what are the new distribution rights. An interactive session with distribution & financing consultant Peter Jaeger CEO of Jaeger Creative.

Sunday March 4 | 18:00 - 19:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

Editor, actress and producer Dounia Sichov has worked with masters of contemporary cinema such as Sharunas Bartas, Denis Coté and Abel Ferrara. Among other she edited the last film by iconic Magnum Photographer Antoine d'Agata, Atlas, of which she also edited the installation version. Her versatile profile makes her a unique figure in nowadays international cinema. In her masterclass, she will share with us her experience in the editing room in both documentary and fiction and tell us about the journey it takes to arrive to the final cut of a movie.

Monday March 5 | 10:00 - 11:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

A session dedicated to producers and directors to orientate them in the International Film Festival Galaxy. Since the first pitch to the release of your film, festivals are offering a vast array of possibilities to independent filmmakers. How to capitalize those opportunities? How to exploit the marketing and communication chances? How to use them to reach the ultimate goal of all filmmakers, to be seen by a regular audience? From markets to rough-cut labs to premieres and beyond, young veteran Vanja Kaludjercic (Holland Film Meetings, Sarajevo IFF, Rotterdam IFF, Les Arcs IFF among many others) will guide the audience in the fast changing world of international film festival. Coming Soon!

HOW TO BRING YOUR VR PROJECTS TO LIFE? Financing and distribution models for VR/ AR/ XR (or immersive content) OPEN LECTURE
Monday March 5 | 18:00 - 19:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

Virtual reality is the current buzzword attracting many creators, including documentary filmmakers. Exciting opportunities to tell the stories in a new way brings also questions how to finance and distribute this kind of content. An insight to the new media landscape, emerging distribution channels and financing options for Immersive Content presented by Liz Rosenthal (Power to the Pixel, Venice VR section at The Venice Film Festival).

Tuesday March 6 | 11:30 – 13:00 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

Marketing expert Fraser Bensted (EAVE) will speak about the theoretical and creative process of producing audio visual marketing materials and the impact they have on the positioning of a film and it's reception by it's chosen target audience. Covering sales promos, mood reels or taster tapes, and teaser and regular trailers, this will be an in depth examination of the thoughts and considerations being made when the time comes for a film to be pitched or sold to potential financiers, buyers or the general public. With a focus on documentary trailers but also looking at drama we will see how a film can be shaped into various marketing materials in order for it to be presented in a way that creates maximum engagement with an audience.

Tuesday March 6 | 14:00 - 15:15 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

An event dedicated to Czech documentary projects within East Doc Platform programme. Five upcoming feature documentaries will be presented to an audience of the invited representatives of prestigious film festivals, sales agents, distributors and to the wide public. This event is organized in cooperation with the Audiovisual Producers' Association (APA).

Tuesday March 6 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Cinema 35, French Institute

Critical filmmaking is becoming a risky business, not only in the Central/Eastern Europe. Populistic governments discover once again the charm of propaganda, media manipulation, and censorship - the old beasts we all believed to be safely locked in 1989. How does it affect the life and work of documentary makers and is their stubborn refusal to close an eye really more important than ever?

Wednesday March 7 | 10:00 - 12:00 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

A brand new pitching competition of the best short documentary films from the Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2010, five Polish shorts have been nominated for Oscars, one won. A Hungarian short received the Academy Award in 2017. What makes Eastern shorts so successful that Tribeca Film Institute decided EDP to be the only European pitching with price worth $20.000?

Wednesday March 7 | 15:00 - 16:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

Where to seek financing for your film outside the traditional national funding and co-productions? What outcomes has brought the research of new alternative/equity funding opportunities? Is the American financing model a complete science fiction or could it be an inspiration for Europe? Why is it especially documentary to be ideally positioned for attracting alternative finance? A panel discussion of the representatives of key international funds (Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken and Egg Pictures, IDFA Bertha Fund Europe, Whicker´s World Foundation), and Media Deals, the pan-European investor network.

Wednesday March 7 | 17:00 - 18:30 | Cinema Hall, Institute Cervantes

A masterclass of one of the foremost documentary filmmakers working today, Kim Longinotto is renowned internationally for creating extraordinary human portraits and tackling controversial topics with respect and sensitivity. Kim Longinotto has won numerous awards for her work, including a Peabody Award and the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Prix Art et Essai for Sisters in Law, a Special Jury Prize at the International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam (IDFA) for Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, a BAFTA Award for Divorce Iranian Style, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival for Rough Aunties. For Dreamcatcher she has won the Directing Award – World Cinema Documentary at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Wednesday March 7 | 21:00 - 24:00 | MONOFONO, Jungmannova 15, Prague

Official opening of the next edition of project KineDok – alternative distribution of creative documentaries. The fourth edition starts with a screening of KineDok Polish film Communion (Anna Zamecka), winner of many festival awards and the best European documentary 2017 according to the European Film Awards. A tragic and at the same time humorous and even cautiously optimistic portrait of two children left completely to their own devices. An ode to the incredible strength of a combative fourteen-year-old girl Ola, who is trying to bring together her estranged mother and alcoholic father and make her family whole again during one celebration of her brother’s communion. The screening is followed by Q&A and KineDok party!

EAST DOC FORUM – PUBLIC PRESENTATION – only for accreditations
Thursday March 8 | 9:30 - 14:00 | Image Theatre

For the eighteenth time, the prestigious pitch of the best Central and East European documentary projects will take place. In the seventeen years of its existence, the East Doc Forum has welcomed more than 700 filmmakers and supported 150 documentary projects, including award-winning films from key international festivals, such as Brothers, The Domino Effect, Blind Loves, At the Edge of Russia, Rabbit a la Berlin, Village Without Women, and Bakhmaro.

Cervantes Institute, Na Rybníčku 6 (entrance from Štěpánská street), Prague / tel.: +420 221 595 211
Image Theatre, Národní 25, Prague / tel.: +420 732 156 343
MONOFONO, Jungmannova 15, Prague


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