– A showcase of innovation and creativity in the Central and Eastern European documentary world is running in Prague, with a rich programme of events open to the public

East Doc Platform confirms its full programme

Director Katerina Suvorova, who is taking part in the East Doc Forum with May It Be a Girl

Running from 24-30 March, the East Doc Platform has announced its full programme, with all events set to be held at the French Institute in Prague and accessible for free without any accreditation necessary. However, professionals wishing to attend the East Doc Forum, the awards ceremony or other closed events need to apply for an industry pass here by 13 March.

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Regarding the industry events, they kick off on 28 March with two presentations: B2B Doc: Visegrad Pitch and Czech Docs: Coming Soon, which will feature upcoming Ukrainian and Czech feature-length documentaries seeking funding and co-producers, respectively. On 29 March, the East Doc Forum will pitch 19 feature-length documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe (see the news) and, the following day, will feature new documentary series projects as part of the East Doc Series presentation.

Some highlights of the open programme include case studies on successful documentary co-productions by German producer Ümit Uludag (Corso Film), a lecture on the ten most common mistakes made in teaser design by Iikka Vehkalahti, and a discussion by Mikael Opstrup, author of The Uncertainty, on character-driven documentary-making. Erik Gandini will also explore the art and craft of directing in his master class, while Ben Kempas will discuss Emma Davie‘s Oil Machine impact campaign.

The programme also includes a panel discussion on the mental health of documentary filmmakers, presentations on new digital tools for documentary makers, a lecture and case study on the international distribution strategy for Fragile Memory [+see also:
film review
interview: Igor Ivanko
film profile
by Ihor Ivanko, and a conversation on the complexities of power with gatekeepers Ruth Reid and Caroline Libresco. Furthermore, a panel debate will explore the use of virtual reality to create impact projects, while the KineDok conference will offer presentations on setting up screening venues and organising cultural events in alternative social venues. Also, a showcase of success stories from venue managers from all KineDok countries is planned, alongside a session aimed at empowering communities through documentary film. The events will bring together experts from across Europe to inspire and equip participants to think beyond traditional formats and use innovative approaches to create engaging experiences for audiences. A detailed programme of the 2023 East Doc Platform can be found here.

Here is a list of the projects selected for the East Doc Forum 2023:

Brothers in the HuntIeva Ozolina (Latvia)
Producer: Madara Melberga (Fa Filma)

Cuba & AlaskaYegor Troyanovsk (Ukraine)
Producer: Olga Beskhmelnytsina

Girls SometimesAnna Artemyeva (Germany)
Producer: Ksenia Gapchenko

I Made a Mistake Coming HereKseniya Halubovich (France)
Producer: Louis Beaudemont (Les Steppes Productions)

Insurance Against MeteoritesNatalia Śliwowska, Jorik Galama (Poland)
Producer: Kasia Kuczyńska (Haka Films)

SistersTereza Bernátková (Czech Republic)
Producers: Natália Pavlove, Dagmar Sedláčková (MasterFilm)

Songs of SisterhoodHanka Nobis (Switzerland)
Producer: Esther van Messel (First Hand Films)

The Soldier’s JourneyHelena Maksyom (Romania)
Producer: Adrian Pirvu (Pirvu A Adrian PFA)

World of WallsLucia Kašová (Slovakia/Czech Republic)
Producers: Matej Sotník, Wanda Kaprálová (Guča sro), Claw AV

The ten Ex Oriente Film 2022 projects that are part of the 2023 East Doc Forum 2023 are as follows:

Basement 341Roman Blazhan (Ukraine)
Producer: Roman Blazhan (Minimal Movie)

Beautiful VoidAndris Gauja (Latvia)
Producers: Elza Gauja (Riverbed), Film Tower

Chasing StumpsMihai Gavril Dragolea (Romania)
Producer: Elena Martin (Manifest Film)

DecemberGrzegorz Paprzycki (Poland)
Producer: Piotr Śmiechowski (Telemark)

European Union WolfJadran Boban (Croatia)
Producer: Dana Budisavljević (Hulahop)

Love and CapitalismBára Jíchová Tyson (Czech Republic)
Producer: Kristýna Škodová (Cinepoint)

May It Be a GirlKaterina Suvorova (Kazakhstan/Austria)
Producers: Aruan Anartaev, Mischief Films

Maomi – Larger Than LifeJudit Oláh (Hungary/Germany)
Producers: Inez Mátis (Pi Production), Majmun Film

One Day I Wish to See You HappyMaryna Nikolcheva (Ukraine)
Producer: Oleksandra Kravchenko

War on WomenMaris Salumets (Estonia)
Producer: Volia Chajkouskaya (Allfilm)

The projects selected for the 2023 East Doc Market are as follows:

A Picture to RememberOlga Chernykh (Ukraine/France)
Producers: Regina Maryanovska Davidzon (Real Pictures), Laurence Uebersfeld (LuFilms)

Bitter SugarAna Barjadze (Georgia)
Producer: Irina Gelashvili (Radium Films)

Fixing the WarClare Stronge (Ireland) – Awarded at Docs Ireland 2022
Producer: Gary Lennon (Plainsong Ltd)

Flowers of UkraineAdelina Borets (Poland/Ukraine)
Producer: Glib Lukianets (Gogol Film)

Four Winters in Edificio CubaAleksandra Maciuszek (Poland) – Awarded at DocsBarcelona 2022
Producer: Aleksandra Maciuszek (New Plot Films)

Hasan’s JoyNatalia Pietsch, Grzegorz Piekarski (Poland) – Awarded at Krakow Film Festival/Doc Lab Poland 2022
Producer: Katarzyna Kostecka (Larmo)

I Have Never Been on an AirplaneRedon Kikaj (Kosovo/Czech Republic)
Producers: Dardan HotiFarid Eslam (Mind Riot media)

Liberation DiariesMatteo Parisini (Italy/Germany/France) – Awarded at Sunny Side of the Doc 2022
Producers: Lorenzo Cioffi (Ladoc), Tina Leeb (DOCDAYS Productions), Audrey Ferrarese (Drôle de Trame)

MemoryVladlena Sandu (France/Netherlands/Kosovo)
Producer: Yanna Buryak (Mimesis)

SouvenirsPegah Ahangarani (Czech Republic)
Producers: Gabriela Daniels, Kaveh Farnam (Europe Media Nest)

Until the WeddingDaniel Stopa (Poland)
Producer: Daniel Stopa (KIOSK FILMS)

Where I End and You BeginDavid Power (Romania/Italy)
Producer: Raffaella Pontarelli (Amarena Film)

The projects selected for East Doc Series are:

Bohemian IdentityJakub Skalický (Czech Republic)
Producer: Michal Gregorini (Mowshe)

Dance Plus CityLina Lužytė, Marius Paplauskas, Triin Ruumet, Martti Helde, Rūta Ronja Pakalne, Valerijs Olehno, Vadim Ilkov (Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia/Ukraine)
Producer: Dagne Vildziunaite (Just a Moment)

Out & OpenIeva Ozolina (Latvia)
Producer: Madara Melberga (Fa Filma)

PacenotesTimo Novotny (Austria/Germany)
Producer: Sebastian Rieker (Seehund Media)

The Silent HostageKatrina Tomasicka (Latvia)
Producers: Ilze Falkovska (Kultfilma), Amber Sound Ltd

The projects selected for Czech Docs: Coming Soon are:

1+1+1Ondřej Vavrečka (Czech Republic)
Producer: Vít Janeček (D1FILM)

Amoosed!Hana Nováková (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Producer: Kateřina Traburová (LaDamplinque)

Atyrkul in the Land of Real MenJanyl Jusupjan (France/Czech Republic)
Producers: Alice Tabery (Cinepoint), Christian Lelong (Cinédoc Films)

Police Symphony OrchestraDominik Kalivoda (Czech Republic)
Producer: Michal Kráčmer (Analog Vision)

The World According to JiriMarta Kovářová (Czech Republic/Slovakia)
Producers: Jan Bodnár (Gnomon Production), Silvia Panáková (Arina Ltd)

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