Ex Oriente Film

Open Program

The 2nd session of the Ex Oriente Film 2023 takes place in Leipzig, Germany in cooperation with DOK Leipzig IDFF 2023. Open program Ex Oriente Film x DOK Industry takes place at festival venues and is open to DOK Leipzig Industry accredited guests.

Monday, October 9, 2023
14:30 - 16:00
Festival Centre
Case study on producing docuseries by Florian Schewe (Film Five, DE), incl. Q&A
Independent producer Florian Schewe is the co-founder of Berlin-based production company FILM FIVE, an award-winning independent production company based in Berlin, dedicated to producing high-end documentaries, documentary series, and narrative features for local and global audiences. In this session, Florian Schewe will share details and  various aspects of the company's path in producing a successful documentary series. Using his successful projects as an example, this interactive lecture will let producers find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of choosing different ways of producing episodic factual series for digital channels and streaming platforms from idea through the pitch, commission, and production to the broadcast. Is it sustainable to  develop your documentary series projects independently without distribution and broadcaster in place? What are the risks and what are the gains?

17:00 - 18:30
Festival Centre
Lecture by Joanna Solecka (Alphapanda, PL) The digital campaigns and audience engagement for documentaries
Joanna Solecka, a film marketing strategist and audience design expert (PL) from the European digital marketing agency Alphapanda, will present her case study using digital platforms used for film marketing and identify new approaches and challenges that have arisen as a result of digitalisation in the field of film promotion. Are documentaries an effective way to communicate serious matters to the public and motivate dialogue and action around important issues? This session explores the contemporary documentary within a networked, new media landscape. It addresses how filmmakers can utilise new media wishing to expand the dialogue around their film's subject and increase public awareness and engagement. Alongside traditional, on-the-ground approaches to audience engagement, new media tools and platforms can be used in a myriad of ways to increase communication and social impact. Session will focus on how new media can be applied effectively throughout the documentary process to heighten social engagement and impact, finding larger audiences.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
12:00 - 13:30
St Trinitatis
Masterclass by film editor Yaël Bitton (CH/FR)
Masterclass by award-winning documentary film editor, writer, story consultant, and director Yaël Bitton- whose credits include Invisible Demons, Hijos del Viento, KIX, Advocate, Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo, and Machines. She received the Sima Editing Award for Radio Silence (dir. Juliana Fanjul, 2020) and the Best Editing at Israel Documentary Forum for Advocate (dir. Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche,  2019). Bitton began her career as a film editor in 2000 while living in New York and edits films internationally, as well as working as a mentor, editing, and story consultant for Rough Cut Service, Circle, and Doc Nomads, among others. Bitton will share some of her most recent experiences in the editing room, showing clips from her latest films while discussing various topics about the art and craft of documentary editing and artistic collaborations within the context of international co-productions. She will focus on the importance of constructing and deconstructing narrative during the editing process, and how to approach structure, temporality, and the breath of a film.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
10:00 - 11:30 Festival Centre
Masterclass by Nikolaus Geyrhalter (AT)
Masterclass of one of world cinema’s most renowned and celebrated documentary filmmakers Nikolaus Geyrhalter, famous for his unmistakable style, compositions, and framed wide shots in films #Chernobyl, Homo Sapiens, and Our Daily Bread.

Programme is in English.

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