IDF Presents East Doc Platform

IDF stands for Institute of Documentary Film, is based in Prague with this slogan: We support the emerging stars from Central and Eastern Europe. Link below, but let me sum up what this impressive film institution is doing: training (Ex Oriente), market (East Silver), distribution (KineDok), promotion (Czech Docs), pitching (East European Forum), transmedia (Doc Tank), networking (Project Market) and East Doc Platform, an event that starts this coming monday March 6 and goes on until March 12.

I have a warm connection to IDF and the many people, who work and have been working there. I was part of the ExOriente workshop for many years – it gave me a chance to make my addiction to documentaries and documentarians in this part of the world even deeper than it already was from around 1990, where the Empire USSR fell as did the wall in Berlin, and I travelled in the Baltic countries first of all. I got acquainted with the work of filmmakers like Miroslav Janek, Helena Trestikova, Jan Gogola, Filip Remunda, Robert Kirchhoff and many others.

Marta Obršálová, new pr manager of IDF, asked me to write about

the upcoming East Doc Platform and especially its Open Program, that starts Monday March 6 and has its final Public Presentations of the East European Forum on March 11, 4 hours, 20 feature-length documentary projects, including the ones that have been taken part in the 3 session workshop Ex Oriente. I will be there at the pitch to see which films will come to us in the coming year(s). Always exciting.

Monday, let me give you some highlights, my choices, there is an invitation from “the old boys”, Mikael Opstrup and Iikka Vehkalahti, to hear about what makes good and functional pitching trailers, followed by – the day after – a meeting with Pawel Loziński and his search “for intimacy in front of the camera”; would have loved to be there to hear more about how he made “You don’t Know How Much I Love You”. I know Arnau Gifreu Castells, expert in transmedia projects, from Barcelona, he has invited me to his session during the DocsBarcelona, I have not been able to be there, maybe in Prague on March 8? The same goes for renowned editor Joe Bini, who has a masterclass on the 9th of March, an hour before I have the privilege to introduce “Czech Docs… Coming Soon”. There is much more, and there is a video library, East Silver Market, if you don’t manage to get to the cinema where the One World Festival goes on.

And some more name-dropping – tutors of the workshop before the final pitch, quite a strong group of people: Paweł Łoziński , American editor Joe Bini, Danish producer Helle Faber Soendergaard (Made in Copenhagen), film critic Giona Nazzaro (Visions du réel – International Documentary Film Festival Venice International Film Critics’ Week), Czech distributor Ivo Andrle (Kino Aero, Světozor, Aerofilms), film writer and editor Maya Hawke, consultant Peter Jaeger (Autlook Filmsales, Jaeger Creative) and French director and editor Stan Neumann. My comment: Neumann is a hit at every workshop. Also present at the preparatory workshop will be the Ex Oriente Film workshop lead tutors: director and dramaturg Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová (Czech television), Czech director and producer Filip Remunda (Hypermarket Film), Mikael Opstrup (EDN – European Documentary Network) and Finish producer and director Iikka Vehkalahti (Rough Cut Service).

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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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