Documentary / Project Development

Ex Oriente Film Workshop

Ex Oriente Film is an international training programme for documentary professionals supporting the development and funding of creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe.

Dates: 1st Session:  20-25 June 2019 (Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia)
2nd Session: 24-29 October, 2019 (Jihlava, Czech Republic, within Ji.hlava IDFF)
3rd Session & Pitching Forum: 7-13 March 2020 (Prague, Czech Republic, within East Doc Platform and One World IHRDFF) 

The core of the Ex Oriente Film workshop is based on three week-long residential workshops held over 9 months. Each year the programme selects up to 12 projects that receive assistance from a wide range of film experts, with each workshop focusing on a different segment of development. Participants are given a tailored guidance in developing the subject, narrative and the visual style of their projects, making drafts of a financing and distribution strategy, and finding international partners.

The course culminates in the pitching sessions of projects at the East Doc Forum co-production meeting, featuring the final pitching in front of Europe's and North America's leading commissioning editors and independent producers, distributors, buyers and film fund representatives.

The three residential Ex Oriente Film workshops and the East Doc Forum pitching are supplemented by the Follow-Up Programme - a yearlong chain of follow-up support and additional activities for projects that have completed, or are currently completing, the Ex Oriente Film workshop.

Ex Oriente Film was established in 2003 as the very first training initiative for East European creative documentary film. Since then, more than 150 documentary projects from Eastern and Central Europe went through the Ex Oriente Film workshop, including award-winning films from key international festivals.
Target groupProducers, Directors
Requirements Documentary project in development and early production stage. It is required that all workshop sessions be attended by both the director and the producer. Participants must be proficient in English.
1800 Fee is per selected project.
If no national scholarships are available,