About me: Zdeněk Blaha has been working for the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) since 2009. Currently he is the Programme Director of the Institute, overseeing the programmes and activities designed to support filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe. He is mainly responsible for the East Doc Platform, a key networking event and film market focused on upcoming documentary films from the CEE region. Apart from his work for the IDF Zdenek maintains continuous cooperation with festivals within the Czech Republic such as Karlovy Vary IFF (as an expert on documentary film) or Summer Film School Uherské Hradiště (as a festival programmer) and others.
Company profile: Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) has been supporting creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe since 2001. IDF provides both emerging and experienced filmmakers with training, financing, networking and pitching opportunities, helps them get international attention and co-productions, rewards the exceptional projects with Awards and further opportunities and improves their orientation on the international market. The promotional and practical service of IDF includes a wide range of online and offline catalogues being created annually, updating a thorough database of CEE documentaries and professionals and a calendar of important deadlines for producers, and bringing news from the world of documentary film in general via dokweb.net and social media.
Areas of expertise: film markets, training, festival & alternative distribution, script editing