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Sunshine. Wonderful view from the 11th floor of Riga’s Hotel Albert, named after a certain Einstein. ”If you don’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”, is one the sentences that are presented in the hotel that is over-decorated with phrases of Albert Einstein, this one being quite relevant for the 17th edition of the pitching of the Baltic Sea Forum, that is now called Baltic Sea Docs.

The workshop has started and the filmmakers who have come to Riga are being trained to do a good job with their film project during the weekend, where they are pitching to a panel of tv- , sales- and distribution-people.

It is the 8th time that the event takes place in the hotel Albert with the great view to the churches of the Latvian capital, and to the art nouveau architecture of Mikhail Eisenstein in Albert and Elizabet Streets in the city, where his son Sergei (photo) was born in 1898.

Tonight the opening screening of Baltic Sea Docs takes place at the K-Suns cinema. ”The Act of Killing” is the film that is waiting for its audience – the long (158 mins) version will be screened and producer Signe Byrge is present for the Q&A. Yes, it is all very professional here in Riga due to the staff of the National Film Centre.

Back to pitching training and Einstein:  ”If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. Voilà!

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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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