IDF/DAE survey finds limited Central & Eastern European documentary representation across continent markets

At Sunny Side of the Doc on 23 June, 2021 the Institute of Documentary Film and DAE – Documentary Association of Europe presented the Movements of Central and Eastern European Projects via European Documentary Markets survey.

Conducted between January and March 2021, the survey aimed to map the circulation of Central and Eastern European projects through European film markets and the access of CEE projects to international partners. The preliminary markets and pitches analysed were CPH:Forum (minus their 2016 edition; DK), DOK Co-Pro Market (DE), IDFA Forum (NL), Sheffield MeetMarket (UK), Thessaloniki Docs in Progress (GR), Visions du Réel’s Pitching du Réel and Docs in Progress (CH), and When East Meets West Co-Pro Forum (IT).

Findings of note include reinforce the notion that representation of the CEE projects on film markets and forums in Western Europe is very limited. Zdeněk Blaha, Programme Director of the IDF says “supporting markets in the CEE region is crucial for levelling the playing field and bringing decision makers to the region. Especially now, when Creative Europe puts a bigger emphasis on co-production with low production capacity countries”.

Also of note was that Poland, Serbia, and Lithuania were on top of the list with the most projects presented on international markets. The least came from Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Slovenia. Overall, Germany, France, UK and USA represented the most represented countries at the analysed markets, internationally.

Find out more results from the Movements of Central and Eastern European Projects via European Documentary Markets survey – HERE

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