Action: Dangerous Guidelines for Documentaries

in the EU… I write ”dangerous” instead of ”stupid” and continue by saying ”here we go again” with the EU. One thing is that it has been decided to put the well established brand MEDIA into a new scheme under the nonsense name ”Creative Europe” (why change something (MEDIA) that is a huge success?), another thing is that the guidelines for documentaries are announced to be changed. For the worse and again totally away from understanding the reality of the creative documentary like it has happened before, when changes in the MEDIA programme was made. BUT, it has to be said, lobbying has previously been succesful, so action helps and is needed now!

A quote from the EDN website of this morning: During said meeting with representatives of the Media Unit and the EACEA agency with EDN Director Paul Pauwels, it has been confirmed that the following two elements are part of the proposed guidelines;

1)  The maximum support for a documentary project applying for Single Project Development Support will from 2014 onward be a lump sum of €25.000 as opposed to the current level of minimum 10.000 € and maximum €60.000.

 2)   A project receiving Single Project Development Support cannot enter into principal shooting until one year after the funding application date.

Both suggestions for changes are of course not acceptable. On that background “EDN is encouraging all members and colleagues to make themselves heard about the expected developments within Creative Europe. Please do contact your national representative before October 11, 2013.” Which is the day where the national representatives meet.

Read more about it on the EDN website and talk to the national representative![backPid]=111&cHash=6a975909df25191f8ddf248d014c9fbc

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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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