The program is announced for DocsBarcelona 2016, May 23 to May 29. I have below copy-pasted the press release that came out today. As one of the programmers for the festival part, I am looking forward to attend and participate in the triangled meetings between film, audience and filmmaker. Number 19 it is, but there was actually a prologue in Granada with the presence of DocsBarcelona’s Joan Gonzalez, who fell in love with pitching and convinced us at EDN to move it to Barcelona. It was the right solution:

Everything is ready for the nineteenth edition of DocsBarcelona. About to turn two decades of history, the festival will screen 46 films from 28 countries at the CCCB, and the Aribau Club, bringing together more than 500 professionals in its financial market, and to the activities for the industry.

The Official Section arrives with twenty movies that compete for the DocsBarcelona TV3 Award for Best Documentary, and the New Talent Award for the best movie of the debuting directors. This year we present Latitud DocsBarcelona, a new competitive section that brings together a selection of documentaries from the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, with an own award sponsored by Antaviana Films.

The DOC-U section will open a window to the new generation of university documentalists with 11 short films of the Degree of Audiovisual Communication students. The best short film will win the DOC-U Award, sponsored by Ovide.

Sonita  will open the festival on Wednesday, May 25th, and the Argentine film Our last tango, (photo) directed by German Kral and produced by Wim Wenders, will close the best documentary week on May 29th. Among the films of the festival, you will find Kandahar Journals, by the photojournalist Louie Palu, who will be in Barcelona to present his shocking diary of the four years that he was in front of combat in Afghanistan. In addition, the filmmaker Maria Teresa Larrain will be with us to present Shadow Girl, a poignant autobiographical narrative about blindness.

Moreover, the director Friedrich Moser will release A Good American, the fascinating story of the whistleblower Bill Biney, where we’ll discover the secrets of communications systems and security surveillance. Finally, and after going through San Sebastian and the Berlinale, the filmmaker Pep Gatell (artistic director of La Fura dels Baus) will present OFF-ROAD. Mugaritz, feeling a way.

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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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