Ex Oriente Film Follow-up programme is a yearlong chain of follow-up support and additional activities for projects that have completed, or are currently completing, the Ex Oriente Film workshop.
The aim of the Follow-up programme is to bring participants to key European festivals, markets, coproduction forums and partner events, as well enable participants to further promote their projects, expand their network of contacts, and use the knowledge gained during the workshop. The programme supports directors and producers until the completion of the film that participated in the workshop, and also during its distribution.
The Follow-up programme includes a variety of scholarships and awards in the form of direct financial support as well as access to selected pitching forums and markets. It also includes ongoing support from the organizers of the workshop in the form of consultations, networking and promotion through dokweb.net, the Institute of Documentary Film’s social networks, and partner VOD platforms.
1. AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND ACCESS TO LEADING EUROPEAN MARKETS AND FORUMS
This award is annually given to the team in the current Ex Oriente Film workshop cycle that made the greatest progress throughout the workshop. The winning team is awarded 1000 € towards further development and international promotion of their upcoming documentary film.
EAVE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Every year during the second Ex Oriente Film workshop session a representative of EAVE grants a scholarship to one producer enabling them to attend the prestigious EAVE Producers Workshop for free.
PARTICIPATION IN PROJECT MARKET AT THE EAST DOC PLATFORM
Five projects from previous editions of Ex Oriente Film have the opportunity to participate in the Project Market within the East Doc Platform (2 days of pre-planned one-on-one meetings and consultations with commissioning editors, buyers, script editors, distributors, and film funds).
IDFA FORUM AWARD
After the final pitching forum, Ex Oriente Film projects complete for the IDFA Forum award. One project/team selected by a representative of IDFA will win a free observer’s pass to the IDFA Forum and accreditation to the festival and IDFA Academy. In addition IDFA covers the travel and accommodations costs in Amsterdam for the selected team.
DOCS BARCELONA AWARD
Participants of the Ex Oriente Film workshop complete for the Docs Barcelona award during the third workshop session taking place within the East Doc Platform. The award grants the opportunity to present the winning team’s project at the Docs Barcelona Speed Meetings. Mikael Opstrup, Head of Studies at EDN, will selected the winning project.
DOK LEIPZIG AWARD
Ever year one Ex Oriente Film project is selected to participate in the DOK Preview Presentation taking place within the DOK Leipzig festival. The main goal of this presentation is to promote the best documentary projects selected from leading European training programmes that are ready to enter the international market. The organizers of the festival will offer the winning project free festival accreditation for DOK Leipzig and its industry programme, plus accommodation for three nights.
Ex Oriente Film projects are also annually included in the selection to participate in the DOK Co-Pro Market. By participating in this coproduction market the selected team has the opportunity to introduce themselves to 70 potential partners during pre-planned individual meetings.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAMS (FIPA) AWARD
One selected Ex Oriente Film project will attend the pitching session in Biarritz and present their project at another renowned pitching session 10 months after the pitch at the East Doc Platform. Travel and accommodation costs are covered by FIPA.
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST AND LAST STOP TRIESTE
One project in an advanced editing stage that was previously developed at the Ex Oriente Film workshop will present their project at Last Stop Trieste – a work in progress section at Trieste Film Festival. The rough cut of the film will be screened to an exclusive panel of international sales agents, festival programmers and TV commissioning editors. Industry passes and accommodation costs are covered by Last Stop Trieste.
ADDITIONAL AWARDS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Projects that participate in the Ex Oriente Film workshop can complete for the Awards given at the East Doc Platform- EDP Development Award (7500€), HBO Europe Co-production Award, Czech TV Post-production Award, and the Current Time TV award. For more detailed information about these awards please have a look at the Awards section under the activity East Doc Platform.
IDF organizes different festival delegations throughout the year, enabling current and alumni participants of IDF´s programmes to attend the most significant European festivals and their industry activities.
IDFA FORUM (November)
The delegation is comprised of 10 current and alumni Ex Oriente Film participants. Project representatives receive free IDFA festival passes (provided by IDF) and are granted a free one-day visit to the IDFA Forum. IDF representatives provide networking support and orientation at the world’s largest documentary film festival a coproduction market.
LEIPZIG NETWORKING DAYS (October)
The delegation offers discounted passes for current and alumni participants and the opportunity for networking with more than 45 international renowned decision makers and more than 200 industry professionals.
SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST (June)
The delegation offers discounted passes to current and alumni participants of IDF’s activities. This includes entry to all industry events and the opportunity to meet key international broadcasters, distributors and sales agents, and other industry guests. IDF representatives help with on the spot with networking and matchmaking with the decision makers.
3. SUPPORT FOR FINISHED FILMS
DOKWEB.NET, EAST SILVER MARKET, AND EAST SILVER CARAVAN
Finished films that have gone through the Ex Oriente Film workshop are promoted on the webpages of dokweb.net, included in the East Silver Market and can also compete for inclusion in the East Silver Caravan festival service. More information can be found in the East Silver section.
PRESENTATION ON VOD PLATFORMS
Upon agreement with the producers, selected Ex Oriente Film projects once completed are presented to certain VOD platforms intended for industry professionals and the general public (DAFilms.com, Festival Scope PRO, East Silver streaming).