Best documentary projects selected for East Doc Platform 2018

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Within the festival One World, the international documentary event EAST DOC PLATFORM will take place (March 3–9, 2018). The week-long event will host leading film professionals, distributors, TV and festival programmers. Filmmakers will present documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe that can win one of several prizes worth a total of EUR 35,000 for further film development. Members of the public are invited to attend a number of interesting lectures by international film professionals. The event is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film.

The theme of the 7th EDP “New Resistance” addresses the rise of nationalism and totalitarian tendencies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Tereza Šimíková, East Doc Platform Manager, explains the focus of this year’s event: “We hear more and more political voices today calling for the restriction of critical free press. Countries in this region have a common and a relatively short experience of democracy, which makes independent documentary filmmaking especially vulnerable.” European cinema is largely dependent on public funding that is directly tied to the current political climate. “Authorities in Poland, Hungary and Russia have been trying to restrict the role of public funds and media. These efforts have an impact on documentary filmmaking as well because documentaries often explore pressing social and political issues and represent a prime target,” adds Tereza Šimíková.

Do you want to look behind the scenes and see what Czech filmmakers are working on? Come to see a public presentation of five documentaries with Czech involvement in production and post-production. Director and producer Peter Kerekes will pitch his documentary feature Baťa, the First Global Entrepreneur of the World about the first Czechoslovak businessman and footwear tycoon. It is a remarkable project developed by Czech TV in co-production with Arte France. Another much-anticipated film called Fugue tells the story of a young talented Argentinian pianist who spent four years behind the walls of a psychiatric ward. The presentation is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film with support from the Audiovisual Producers’ Association (APA). 

A full line-up will be released on February 20, 2018.

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