DocsBarcelona: The Winners

I received the English language press release from DocsBarcelona. Here it comes in a slightly edited version:

DocsBarcelona 2018 ends consolidating the growth that began in the 20th edition of the festival, with an increase of days and audience. The 21st edition of the International Documentary Film Festival of Barcelona has hosted 66 sessions and one month of online screenings reaching more than 20,000 spectators, with an average of 133 people per session.

Also, the activities dedicated to the industry and professionals have had an extensive follow-up, with 1,800 attendees.

The main winner of DocsBarcelona 2018 was The Distant Barking of Dogs, whom the jury chaired by Paco Poch joined by Jessica Murray, Xavi García Puerto and Montse Armengou awarded the DocsBarcelona TV3 Award for Best Documentary. Directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont, this film portrays the life of Oleg, a Ukrainian boy, and his grandmother, in a border area where they often live with anti-aircraft fire and missile attacks. The Jury said this is a “film that takes care of photography with a detailed and delicate observation. A look that allows us to listen to the most vulnerable”.

Also, the jury gave a Special Mention to Miss Kiet’s Children, by Petra Lataster-Czisch and Peter Lataster, about a Dutch teacher who welcomes

and teaches refugee children “because beyond a careful style that puts the focus on children as protagonists, it reveals to us a teacher who is a model example of how to be solidary, peaceful and positive.”

The New Talent Award, awarded to debut filmmakers, was given to the Argentinian directors of El Espanto, Martín Benchimol and Pablo Aparo, “because it from a peculiar theme through a great staging and time control, half-distance and humour, gives us a very human movie that speaks very well about the future of these young directors. ”

The Official Section Latitud, sponsored by Antaviana Films, the Jury formed by Sumpta Ayuso, Anna Rebés and Oriol Font awarded the Chilean film Robar a Rodinby Cristóbal Valenzuela, which “definitely surpasses the fiction, and takes us through a journey with increasing curiosity and a narration full of surprises”.

The What the Doc! Jury awarded The Prince and the Dybbuk, by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski, “to turn the history of cinema into an existential dilemma through a set of sensations that confronts fantasy and reality, cinema and life “.

The Amnistia Internacional Catalunya Award, awarded by a Jury of members of the organization, was given to The Congo Tribunalby Milo Rau.  

DocsBarcelona 2018 Awards

DocsBarcelona of the Month Award: Angry Inuk

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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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