DOCSBarcelona 2009

Success story: DocsBarcelona 2009 closed (10 days ago) with a room full of people to watch Brett Gaylor’s “RIP: A Remix Manifesto”. The film brought to the end six days of activities meant to encourage the creation and interest in documentary films in Spain.

Thousands of spectators visited the Festival venues, located mainly in Gràcia’s neighbourhood, and took place in participative discussions with each of the directors after the screenings.

Fernando Valenzuela’s “1973 revoluciones por minuto. Las últimas horas de Salvador Allende”, Anders Høgsbro Østergaard’s “Burma VJ”, Yulene Olaizola’s “Intimidades de Shakespeare y Víctor Hugo”, Heddy Honigmann’s “El Olvido”, “Recipes for Disaster” by the Finnish John Webster and “Z32” (PHOTO) by Israeli renowned filmmaker Avi Mograbi, who also gave a successful Master Class, were the most seen films during the Festival.

Also the Pitching Forum, the specific area for professionals looking for financial for their projects was a success with the participation of more than 300 hundred professionals from all over the world.

Text based on press release of the organisers and my own presence as selector of the films in the Panorama section.

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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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