Ex Oriente Film 07


Ex Oriente Film 08


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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.

1st Session: June 19-24, 2021 (online at Sunny Side of the Doc)
2nd Session: October 25-30, 2021 (at Ji.hlava IDFF)
3rd Session: March 26-April 1, 2022 (within East Doc Platform & One World IHRDFF)

The core of the Ex Oriente Film workshop is based on three week-long workshops held over 9 months. Each year up to 12 projects are selected that receive assistance from a wide range of film experts, with each workshop focusing on a different segment of development. Participants are given 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.

In 2021, the first session is entitled: Find Your Way - Vision, Space and Storytelling; the second is on Production and Story Development; the third is entitled: Market, Here I Am. The first will be online; the second and third may be residential.

1st Session: Find Your Way – Vision, Space and Storytelling
June 19-24, 2021 (online)

2nd Session: Production and Story Development
October 2021

3rd Session: Market, here I am!
March 2022

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 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.
Target groupProducers, Directors
Requirements Documentary project in development and early production stage. All workshop sessions be attended by both the director and the producer. Participants must be proficient in English.
2100 Fee is per selected project. In 2021, it will be adapted depending on whether residential workshops can be held.
If no national scholarships are available,