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During the first session of the doc storytelling workshop DocStories Black Sea presentations were made. One was – naturally – about the Georgian National Film Center, whose director Tamara Tatishvili (photo) came up with a very clear and encouraging status of the Georgian cinema in its present situation, financially and film politically with a focus on its involvement with documentaries. The Center, that was set up in 2001, is also a member of Eurimages, from November last year and has already, Tamara Tatishvili told, got more back for coproductions than the government has given out to be a member of Eurimages. All in all the presentation gave the impression of a professionally run public institution in a small country where documentaries are given a priority.

There is 1.4 mio.€ channelled to the Center yearly, and there is 775.000€ for film from other sources. There are two competitons per year, committees decide on the allocation of the funding – for documentaries there is 120.000€ for production. 7 documentaries came out last year supported by the Center.

Tatishvili told that she on behalf of the Center had signed an agreement with the public broadcaster to have a weekly slot for documentaries starting from September this year with films supported by the Center.

Also to be noticed is the impressive publication Filmprint (in English) that the Center publishes.

7 Georgian documentarians took part in the first session in the Goethe Institute in Tbilisi.

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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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