Uljana Kim Receives Big Award

Eurimages and the European Film Academy have the pleasure to award producer Uljana Kim with this years’ Eurimages International Co-Production Award. The award goes to her “to mark her outstanding commitment to co-production and the strong co-producing partnerships she has built up over the years. It is also an acknowledgement of the excellent track record of her company in the competitive arena of the Eurimages co-production support programme.” Uljana Kim will be an honorary guest of the gala for the 36th European Film Awards on 9 December in Berlin to receive her award in person.

Uljana Kim, born in 1969 in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, graduated from the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VGIK) in 1993 and is a film critic by education. She emigrated to Lithuania, where she founded Studio Uljana Kim in 1997. At that time, she was the first female producer in Lithuania. Since then, the Vilnius-based production and distribution company has produced 34 feature and documentary films, being one of Lithuania’s leading companies. Most of them premiered at the most important international film festivals and others were successful at the domestic box office.

The company’s films include Valdas NavasaitisCourtyard, premiered at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight in 1999, Kristijonas VildžiūnasThe Lease [+], premiered at Venice in 2002, Kristijonas Vildžiūnas’ You am I premiering at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2006, Ignas Jonynas’ The Gambler [+], premiered at San Sebastian in 2013, Mantas KvedaravičiusMariupolis [+], premiered at Berlinale’s Panorama in 2016, Sergei Loznitsa’s Mr. Landsbergis [+], premiered at IDFA in 2021, Mantas Kvedaravičius’ Mariupolis 2 [+] premiered at Cannes in 2022 and Tomas Vengris‘ recent Five and a Half Love Stories in an Apartment in Vilnius, Lithuania [+], premiered this month in Black Nights. As minor co-producer Studio Uljana Kim produced feature films such as Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature [+] and The Natural History of Destruction [+]. Uljana Kim has co-produced ten films with Eurimages’ support, six of which as a majority producer.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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