East Doc Series Presentation at IDFA 2022

8. 11. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

Join the East Doc Series presentation at IDFA (November 16, 12:00 - 13:00, Felix Meritis: Shaffyzaal). Download the catalogue with the projects and the leaflet with information about the IDF delegation and much more!

Documentary series are becoming a popular format, but in central and Eastern Europe such projects are only scarcely reaching the international market, although there is potential in topics and talents, as well as interest from the audience and producers. In 2020, the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) introduced a new activity for supporting this format: The East Doc Series. The program is designed to provide necessary feedback, skills, networking opportunities, and know-how exchange between experts and film professionals coming from Central and Eastern Europe.

The five projects presented within this special IDFA presentation were part of the East Doc Platform pitches and took part in the training programme aimed to bring new ideas from experts and provide connections with broadcasters, funders, producers, and more.

The overall IDF programme for the CEE series is devised in synergy with our own dedicated training programme Ex Oriente, which works with series projects in development and will introduce a stand-alone training programme for series in 2023.

The presentation will be moderated by Christian Popp (YUZU Productions).

Expected release: December 2023
5 x 26’ / Austria, Germany
Director: Timo Novotny / Producer: Sebastian Rieker - Seehund Media GmbH
Co-production: Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG (DE)
Arts and Culture, Music, Society, Travel, Anthropology

Below is a documentary series dedicated to subway systems all over the world.

Contact at IDFA: 
Sebastian Rieker

El Lobo: The Legend of Latvian Wolf
Expected Release:  October 2023
5 x 45’ / Latvia
Director: Kārlis Lesiņš / Producer: Dominiks Jarmakovičs – Woodpecker Pictures

El Lobo tells the story of Wolf Ruvinskis, a Latvian – born Jew, forced to leave his country of origin and move halfway across the world to Latin America, where he became a legendary luchador, actor, and socialite.

Contact at IDFA:
Dominiks Jarmakovičs

Finding Home
Expected Release: October 2024
12 x 6’ / France, Bulgaria, USA
Director: Maria Stanisheva / Producers: Manon Messiant – Iliade et Films, Maria Stanisheva – ANIMADOCS
Environmental, Human Rights, Society, Social Issues, Animated

Animated documentary series on climate refugees setting out to reimagine the notion of 'home'.

Contact at IDFA:
Maria Stanisheva

Imaginary Youth
Expected Release: May 2023 
5 × 25' / Romania
Director: Ruxandra Gubernat / Producers: Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Elena Martin – Manifest Film
Youth Documentary

Three adolescents take the decision to leave their families and their country behind and emigrate after high school, for a better shot at fulfilling their dreams. Will they go through with their plan?

Contact at IDFA:
Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

Queen of Chess
Expected Release: November 2023
5 × 45’ / Hungary
Director: Gabor Harmi / Producer: Peter Stern – Queenside Pictures
Archive, Gender, Sport, Politics

Queen of Chess tells the story of the relationship and the games of two minds: Judit Polgar, the greatest female chess player of all time and Garry Kasparov, the legend – who believed that a woman and a man cannot fight

Contact at IDFA:
Peter Stern

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