From the organisers of CinéDoc-Tbilisi: This year we have fully embraced the hybrid festival format, reaching out to audiences through different platforms (Georgian Public Broadcaster, Adjara Television, DAFilms and virtual cinemas on our website) and selecting the best documentaries from our past editions within a “Best of” – CinéDOC-Tbilisi program.

While we all thought that the pandemic would be temporary and we could continue to organize cultural events as we did in the past, we had to again adapt to a new reality in 2021.

We are very glad to have again the Georgian Public Broadcaster as a partner. After the successful screenings of six documentaries in 2020, this partnership has developed into one with more impact. As a premiere
in the history of our festival, both the opening as well as the opening film “Sunny” directed by Keti Machavariani of CinéDOC-Tbilisi will be broadcast on the 15th of August, by the Georgian Public Broadcaster.

In cooperation with this broadcaster we will also screen a selection of 10 gripping, award-winning creative documentaries, such as “Honeyland”, “The Three Rooms of Melancholia” (PHOTO), “Don Juan”, “Sonita”.

A new partner this year is also the public broadcaster of the Adjara region: Adjara Television. We are so glad to be able to screen 15 creative documentaries on this channel, among them award winning internationalfilms and also many wonderful Georgian documentaries, directed by talented filmmakers like Levan Koguashvili, Nino Orjonikize and Vano Arsenishvili, Giorgi Mrevlishvili, Mariam Chachia, Vakhtang Kuntsev- Gabashvili, Shalva Shengeli, Levan Adamia, Toma Chagelishvili.

A third platform for our “Best of” edition is also the European video on demand website DAFilms. We will screen documentaries via DAFilms embedded onto our website and this platform will dedicate a special focus to our festival.

Last but not least, we will again host the “Focus Caucasus” competition, a competition for the newest documentaries from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Ten films will compete for the Focus Caucasus Award (7000 GEL) and the Special Jury Award (5000 GEL). All films will be screened online during weekends and will be followed by moderated online discussions.

Our young audience will also have the chance to watch films on our website, within the CinéDOC-Young section. We encourage parents and teachers to recommend the wonderful selection of documentaries to their children and pupils, they are easily accessible and free of charge.

We look forward to meeting you all at our online discussions and we are sure that, despite the difficult situation in the country, documentary films will entertain you, they will make you reflect on many issues around the globe and… they will also bring hope to all of us for a better future in the years to come.

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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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