Founded in 2001 as the East European Forum, the East Doc Forum has become the region's largest and prestigious pitching forum. Over the past 15 years the East Doc Forum has hosted more than 700 filmmakers and producers from Central and Eastern Europe and over 300 commissioning editors, independent producers, distributors, film fund representatives and festival programmers from Europe and North America.
Over 150 documentary films have been completed with the direct support of the East Doc Forum, including such internationally successful titles as Something Better to Come, Gangster of Love, Sofia’s Last Ambulance, Ukrainian Sheriffs, or Brothers.
When: March 3 - 9, 2018
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Open to: Creative feature-length documentary projects in development/early production stage
Deadline for application: November 10, 2017
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The East Doc Forum is preceded by a 5-day preparatory workshop that focuses on helping directors and producers finalize their visual material, create a strategy for its sale and distribution, work on their communication and presentation skills, as well as offer participants a series of inspiring lectures, case studies, masterclasses and panels devoted to different aspects of documentary filmmaking in an international setting.
The pinnacle of the East Doc Forum is the central pitch where 21 feature-length projects in development/early production (including 12 projects participating in the year-round Ex Oriente Film workshop) are presented to an audience of international decision makers, followed by the pitch at the East Doc Interactive for cross-media projects, and ending in feedback round tables and one-on-one meetings with decision makers.
Projects selected for the East Doc Forum become part of a year-long follow-up support programme that offers filmmakers the opportunity to continue promoting their upcoming films and search for new partners through various delegations to key European documentary film festivals and markets.
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