American Documentary Film Festival 2016

Palm Springs, March 31, the official opening of the Amdocs takes place tonight after a morning pitch session and a film programme that runs during the whole day. Actually the festival screenings already started yesterday as one day has been added by Teddy Grouya, the founder and director of American Documentary Film Festival and Film Fund, also called Amdocs as mentioned: 150 films, 81 premieres, 35 countries

I am here for the third time and will keep you posted on films and discussions and atmosphere at this ”unique and special Desert, this mecca for the sun, fun, arts and culture…” as Teddy Grouya formulates it. Here is a slightly shortened version of his introduction from the catalogue:  

Much like a filmmaker working to make the best film possible under difficult circum- stances, AmDocs constantly pushes the boundaries of how a film festival is defined. Through our year-round activities, we continue to expand our education outreach throughout the community as well as increase our presence on the international stage with expanded programming opportunities.

With the ever changing landscape on this planet it becomes more

and more vital to embrace the arts and how they reflect on our sense of humanity. Documentary film is in a unique position to potentially affect change through the most important contribution of awareness and what can lead from that awareness.

This year’s festival possesses multiple themes related to our community, our environment, our political and social structure, our history, our family, and our sense of international understanding.

With our new alliance, The North South Doc Network (NSDN), we have added a dynamic element to the festival experience for both audience and filmmaker, affording both access to films and markets they may never have seen without this unique partnership.

As always we hope that you reach out to one another, audience and filmmaker, as we are one in this world and we each gain from sharing our experiences. Make our guests feel welcome, many of whom have never been to the United States, let alone to our unique and special Desert, this mecca for the sun, fun, arts and culture…

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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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