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Submissions Open for Ex Oriente Film Workshop 2019


As a partner and contributor to Ex Oriente Film Workshop, we are delighted to announce that submissions for the 2019 edition of Ex Oriente are now open. The Ex Oriente Film Workshop is a training initiative aiming to take stories from Central or Eastern Europe to an international level. The programme features three residential sessions incl. online consultations and is mainly aimed at directors and producers from Central and Eastern Europe. The submission deadline is 19 April 2019.

Ex-Oriente Film is an international training programme for documentary professionals supporting the development and funding of creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. The core of the Ex Oriente Film workshop is based on three week-long residential workshops taking place over a period of nine months. Up to twelve projects are selected each year, each receiving assistance from a wide range of film experts, with the Ex Oriente workshops focusing on different segments of development. Our participants are given a tailored guidance in developing the subject, narrative and the visual style of their projects, making drafts of a financing and distribution strategy, and finding international partners.

Since its inception in 2003, more than 150 documentary projects from Eastern and Central Europe went through the Ex Oriente Film workshop, including award-winning films from key international festivals, such as Brothers, The Domino Effect, Blind Loves, At the Edge of Russia, Rabbit a la Berlin, Village Without Women, Bakhmaro and Over the Limit.

The workshop is open for twelve documentary projects represented by director-producer teams who will attend all the workshop sessions. The workshop is designed for directors and producers coming from Europe with a special attention for Central and Eastern European projects (incl. EU acceding and candidate countries, Post-Soviet states and Russia) and/or for creative documentary projects dealing with stories from Central and Eastern Europe.

Director/Producer teams apply with their own creative documentary project, 12 projects will be selected to participate. Both director and producer must be able to attend all three workshop sessions and proficiency in English language skills is required.

Ex Oriente Film Workshop/Timeline

  • Workshop 1: June 20th – June 25th, 2019 (Slovak Republic)
  • Workshop 2: October 24th – October 29th, 2019 (Jihlava, Czech Republic, as part of Ji.hlava IDFF)
  • Workshop 3 (incl. pitching session): March 2020 (Prague, Czech Republic, as part of East Doc Platform and One World IHRDFF)


The three residential sessions are complemented by online consultations inbetween the sessions. For more detailed information about each workshop, the submission guidelines and how to apply, please visit the website of Ex-Oriente Film Workshop.

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