Apply for Ex Oriente Film 2012

Application deadline: April 20

Submissions are now open for Ex Oriente Film 2012, the year-long international workshop supporting the development and funding of creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. Starting this year, the deadline for application to Ex Oriente Film has moved to April 20.

Ex Oriente Film is an international workshop dedicated to the development and funding of creative documentary films in Central and Eastern Europe. At three workshops (the 4th session focused on rough cuts is for selected projects only) that take place in the course of one year, directors and producers develop their projects and funding strategies and benefit from the assistance and valuable advice provided by established European producers, directors, experts and commissioning editors. The Ex Oriente Film training programme is completed with the co-production meeting East European Forum that gives documentary filmmakers a chance to pitch their project and secure funding from West European and North American broadcasters. The three residential workshops and the East European Forum pitching are supplemented by the Doc Launch follow-up programme that tracks the projects till their completion.


To apply with your documentary project, please fill out theonline ENTRY FORM

Application is free of charge!

Individual meetings with selected applicants: May 2012 (TBC)

Final selection of projects: May 2012

1st Workshop Session - „Find Your Originality“: mid-June 2012 (Czech Republic, TBC)
2nd Workshop Session - „Production & Story Development“: October 2012 (within IDFF Jihlava, Jihlava, Czech Republic)
3rd Workshop Session - „The Market Opens“: March 2013 (within One World Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic)

Participants: Out of all submitted projects, 14 projects will be selected, i.e., 28 participants (14 director-producer teams) will be included in the workshop.

Participation Fee: The participation fee is EUR 1,500 per selected project (includes all accommodation, coffee breaks and lunches during the three workshops for 1-2 pers.).

Scholarships: Participants from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia may apply for a scholarship to cover part of the accommodation and participation fees. Applicants must prove there is no possibility of scholarship in their own country and that the project is not supported by any development funding. To confirm this, applicants must send us a request with an official letter from their local MEDIA Desk or national film centre.

Conditions of Participation: Participants must be proficient in English. All workshop sessions must be attended by both the producer and the director.


1st Session: “Find Your Originality”

Place and dates: mid-June 2012 (Czech Republic, TBC)

The first workshop session aims to offer the participants inspiration as they develop their projects. The programme is divided between various master classes of visiting experts and practical intensive work on the projects. In the practical part of the programme, participants mainly work on the processing and development of their documentary projects, focusing on contents and storytelling. Workshops help participants analyze and understand the potential of their subject matter, ideas and plot, to find out what makes them universal, to expand on and strengthen these very points:

- story of the film and its protagonists;

- analyzing the strong and weak points of the project and its international dimension;

- constructing a basic concept for the strategy of the film’s production and financing;

- group work and individual consultations to the project;

- film screenings for inspiration;

- theory sessions on how to write and develop a professional project for international co-production;

- basic orientation within the system of European funding, grants and broadcasters.

2nd Session: “Production Development”

Place and dates: October 24 – 30, 2012 (Jihlava, Czech Republic)

The second workshop session focuses on budgeting, legal aspects of co-productions, strategies for selecting commissioning editors and the proper television format, as well as a deeper creative development of the projects, the rough material as well as the documentary script. The second session is specific in that it has a partly separate programme for directors and producers. It also puts a strong emphasis on the development of the projects distribution strategy.

3rd Session: “The Market Opens”

March 4 – 10, 2013 (Prague, Czech Republic)

The third workshop session is dedicated mainly to communication skills and distribution plan and sales, training in pitching techniques, post-pitching negotiations and defining the potential of East European independent producers in the EU film market. The three sessions are completed with a two-day pitching forum where all participants pitch their projects.

The three residential workshops and the East European Forum pitching are supplemented by the Doc Launch follow-up programme which tracks the projects till their completion.

Year-round Consultancy: An important aspect of Ex Oriente Film are the year-round online sessions and consultations led by the lead and guest tutors of the workshop. Further information about Ex Oriente Film are available HERE.

Veronika Lišková, Programme Coordinator

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Institute of Documentary Film (IDF)
Školská 12, Prague 1, 110 00
Czech Republic