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Young Georgy Molodtsov, participant at the first session of DocStories, film director graduated from VGIK 2008, took the floor on the last morning to – with great commitment and energy – introduce the work that is being done to promote the documentary around the Moscow International Film Festival, MIFF, and the connected screenings during the year on TV Kultura, that so far have included 45 films.

At the festival that like last year (where this blogger was in the jury reporting from the festival) showed 25 documentaries with 7 in competiton – the winner was ”Searching for Sugarman” (photo) by Malik Bendjelloul with “Ambassador” by Mads Brügger having the Audience Prize.

Molodtsov, who is very much involved in the work of the festival together with strong names like director Sergey Miroshnichenko and film critic and programmer Grigory Libergal, the same team that stands behind the weekly documentary slot “Watching and Discussing” on TV Kultura, explained that this programme runs Saturdays at 10 or 11pm, that there is a strong press coverage, that it is not possible to analyse exactly how many viewers it has, that experience now shows that films about post-Soviet life are the most popular with the example of Marianna Kaat’s “Pit No 8” that had more viewers than Oscar-winning “Man on Wire”. The discussions, Molodtsov said, take place in a studio with a focus on the subject. The films are not subtitled but dubbed.

He also mentioned the channel 24Doc that shows many documentaries, recently Marina Goldovskaja’s “A Bitter Taste of Freedom” on her murdered friend Anna Politkovskoja, as well as the excellent documentary website Miradox, run by Ludmila Nazaruk, who also stands behind the St. Petersburg based DoxPro training initiative.

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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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