Cinedoc Tbilisi/ 2

It was too much, something had to be done so I asked one of the staff members of Cinedoc here in Tbilisi to ask the audience to refrain from talking on their phone and send text messages during the screening. She did – saying that it disturbed the members of the jury…! Maybe not the rest of the audience…! My juror colleague Paul Pauwels and I were laughing our asses off.

Otherwise, it has been very stimulating to sit in very often full cinema halls at the very first edition of a festival that has been very well received by the audience. As in many other documentary festivals it looks like the audience has an average age around 25, indeed promising for the future of the event.

On top of that the festival must be praised for the initiative of showing films for a young audience followed by ” discussions after the screenings… moderated by children psychologists, teachers and young civil society activists.” Let me mention two neo-classic films from that section: “Please Vote for Me” (2007) (Photo) by Wiejun Chen and Claire Simon’s “Recreations” (1993).

Awards will be given tonight at The Rustaveli Cinema – in the category “Focus Caucasus”, in the International Competition, and there is an audience award. Will be back with that information tomorrow morning.

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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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