DocAlliance Celebrates Ex Oriente Film

A press release came in: ”In collaboration with its organizer, Institute of documentary film, Film, we have prepared a selection of the best works that have gone through this prestigious workshop throughout its history of 15 years! Nine critically acclaimed films, among which you won’t miss festival winners or even an Oscar nominee, are going to guide you across the film region that has been bubbling over with excitingly increasing energy incomparable with the rest of Europe…”

I was Head of Studies of Ex Oriente until 2009 and have only sweet memories of the three yearly sessions organized by the people at the IDF (Andrea Prenghyova, Ivana Milosevic, Hanka Rezkova, Filip Remunda and many others), as well as the many skilled tutor colleagues (Miroslav Janek, Emma Davie, Kristina Pärvila, Jan Gogola, Stan Neumann not to forget the two who took over as “Heads”, Mikael Opstrup and Marijke Rawie). BUT first of all the filmmakers, who came with their film projects, got feedback, learned about market and storytelling, and got inspiration from the mentioned people and colleagues.

The ”nine critically acclaimed films” offered by DocAlliance to

celebrate include the Oscar nominated Polish ”Rabbit a la Berlin” by Bartosz Konopka with Anna Wydra as the energetic producer, Macedonian Atanas Georgiev’s comedy ”Cash and Marry”, Diana Fabiánová’s ”The Moon Inside You” that went all over the world, Róbert Lakatos film on Roma ”Artists in Life”, ”Bahrtalo! Good Luck!”, Salome Jashi’s international breakthrough ”Bakhmaro”, Srdjan Sarenac’s ”Village Without Women” and Juraj Lehotsky’s ”Blind Loves” (PHOTO), that had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. All these talented directors have since then made other or are making other films, fiction or documentary. Many others could have been picked but these ones are all of high quality.

Back to the press release, quote: “Over the past 15 years, over 160 films have gone through the Ex Oriente Film training program. The aim of Ex Oriente Film is to increase the potential for international co-production and success at the international level through intensive tutoring by leading documentary film experts, while inspiring and challenging documentary filmmakers to produce innovative and insightful work…”

As part of this special event the film Blind Loves is available for free streaming. To watch the others – and whatever you like from the excellent catalogue of DocAlliance, SIGN UP FOR A SUBSCRIPTION – 5€ per month, 50€ for a year. It’s cheap, very cheap, and it is QUALITY!

The celebration ends on May 14th!

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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