Ex Oriente Film workshop: Second session
by Vladan Petkovic
- The second of three sessions of the Ex Oriente Film workshop took place as part of the 19th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
Ex Oriente Film, an international training programme supporting the development and funding of creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe, had its second out of three sessions during the 19th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.
The session focused on budgeting, the legal aspects of co-productions, and strategies for selecting commissioning editors and the proper television format, as well as how to achieve a deeper creative development of the projects, the rough material and the documentary script. It had a partly separate programme for directors and producers, with a strong emphasis on the development of the projects’ distribution strategies.
The participants (see full list below) benefited from a programme that included master classes and lectures by Anja Salomonowitz on “Transforming Casting into Script”, Siniša Juričić on “An Introduction to Budgeting”, Xavier Rashid on “Understanding International Sales and How to Negotiate Your Foreign Rights”, Mira Janek on the visual style of films, characters and themes, Stefan Rull on “The Legal Issues of International Co-productions”, Alex Szalat on “Interview with a Commissioning Editor” and Tobias Buchner on “There Is Always Something More to Tell”.
They also listened to a panel on “The Pitfalls of the Producer-Director Relationship”, moderated by Mikael Opstrup, participated in open master classes by Viktor Kossakovsky and Laurent Bécue-Renard, and saw a case study on “How to Run an Independent Production Company Like an NGO”, focusing on the most prolific Czech documentary production company, Hypermarket Film, presented by Filip Remunda and Tereza Horská.
The 2015 Ex Oriente Film selected projects were:
Director: Iva Radivojević, producer: Murat Selin
Production company: Parabola Films
Canada, Croatia, France
Director: Varga Michal, producer: Novák Marek
Production company: Xova Films
Dida, Granny and Us
Directors: Nikola Ilić and Corina Schwingruber Ilić, producer: Franziska Sonder
Production company: Joint Venture Film Production
Director: Petra Seliškar, producer: Brand Ferro
Production company: Petra Pan Film Production
Director: Marko Šipka, producer: Zoran Galić
Production company: VizArt Production
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director: Tatyana Soboleva, producer: Hugues Landry
Production company: Inthemood...
Over the Limit
Director: Marta Prus, producer: Maciej Kubicki
Production companies: Telemark Sp and Ventana-Film
Paying a Visit to Fortuna
Director: Mátyás Kálmán, producer: Anges Horvath-Szabo
Production company: COLLOC Productions
Director and producer: Andrei Dascalescu
Production company: Filmlab
Reach the Sky
Director: Michal Kondrla, producer: Michal Hlavačka
Production company: Protos Productions
Directors: Veselina Dashinova and Aline Helmcke, producers: Tina Leeb and Mina Mileva
Production companies: Activist 38 Ltd and Celluloid Fabrik
Director: Tomislav Jelinčić, producer: Danijel Pek
Production company: Antitalent Produkcija