East European Forum


Are you trying to get funding for your documentary film in development? Do you want to find distribution for your rough cut? The East European Forum will help you to get financial support for your documentary project! TheDoc Launch Presentation will support your documentary films in post-production. Would you prefer one-on-one meetings over public presentations? Apply for the Project Market! Each of our events offers a unique opportunity to present your documentary project to more than 250 industry guests. In 2012, the East European Forum and the Doc Launch presentation take place in Prague for the first time, as part of the East Doc Platform, our new umbrella industry event organized at the One World festival.

Application deadline for East European Forum, Doc Launch presentation and Project Market: December20, 2011
Organized by: The Institute of Documentary Film
East Doc Platform

In March 2012 in Prague, the Institute of Documentary Film introduces the inaugural East Doc Platform – an umbrella industry event dedicated to supporting East European documentary films in all stages of completion. Organized by IDF at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, the event follows up on our industry section which we hosted from 2001 in Jihlava. The East Doc Platform will feature our staple events, such as the East European ForumDoc Launch presentation, Project MarketEast Silver’s video library with new spring documentary titles, and a diverse slate of other industry events that provide networking opportunities for East European documentary professionals and commissioning editors, distributors, sales agents, fund and festival representatives from across Europe and North America.

Focus: funding
Open to: projects in the development and production stage

The East European Forum is Eastern Europe’s largest co-production platform for East European filmmakers and leading international commissioning editors, distributors, buyers, and film fund representatives. Filmmakers and independent producers offer their projects for co-production, pre-sale or other forms of financial support. As of 2011, more than 80 documentary films have been made with the aid of the Forum. Since 2001, the Forum has hosted more than 650 filmmakers and producers from Eastern Europe, and over 200 commissioning editors, buyers and festival programmers.

Pitching Workshop: March 5 – 9, 2012
Public Presentations + Feedback Round Tables: March 10 – 11, 2012
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

Application form for the East European Forum available HERE.

Focus: rough cut structure, preparation for distribution
Open to: projects in the post-production and rough-cut stage

Doc Launch supports East European documentary films in the production and post-production stages and helps them to make a smooth transition to distribution. Each year, Doc Launch presents 8 – 9 outstanding documentary features that are headed to festivals and cinemas in the following months; during the whole year, it caters to a wide range of upcoming documentary films, providing networking opportunities, consultations, andassistance in drafting distribution strategy.

Training Workshop and Presentation: March 8 – 9, 2012
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

Application form for the Doc Launch Presentation available HERE.

East European Forum and Doc Launch presentation offer:

·        attendance of some 70 international commissioning editors, buyers, sales agents, distributors, film fund and festival representatives

·        public presentation of projects

·        access to other industry events organized by IDF under the East Doc Platform (East Silver video library, Project Market, industry screenings, co-production days, networking dinners, etc.)

Focus: one-on-one networking for projects and films in all stages of completion
Open to: projects in development, production and post-production, and completed films

The Project Market connects all attending East European professionals with commissioning editors, buyers, sales agents, distributors, film fund and festival representatives. The Project Market is available to producers whose project is included in the Doc Launch presentation; selected producers with a completed film, and Doc Launch programme guests – past participants of the East European Forum with projects in the production or post-production stage. The Project Market will also be open to other projects introduced in Prague by the filmmakers and producers.

When: March 8 – 10, 2012
Where: Prague, Czech Republic

Project Market application form available HERE.

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We look forward to receiving your projects!

Other deadlines of the Institute of Documentary Film
January 10, 2012 – EAST SILVER
February 2012 – East Doc Platform registration