Docu Rough Cut Boutique announces projects 

Docu Rough Cut Boutique announces projects selected for 2024 edition Docu Rough Cut Boutique reveals its new slate of projects, marking the 14th edition of the programme. 

Docu Rough Cut Boutique is the leading regional programme for documentaries in post-production coming from Southeast Europe and the Caucuses, famous for its boutique format of only five selected projects. 

Created by the Sarajevo Film Festival and Balkan Documentary Center, the programme is organized in three working modules: Sofia (March 2024), Cluj (June 2024) and Sarajevo (August 2024). The workshop programme is constructed with editing tutorials, group sessions and individual meetings with renowned documentary experts and professionals. The programme will culminate at the 30th Sarajevo Film Festival where five projects will be presented to the CineLink Industry Days decision makers (funders, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters, and festival programmers) with the aim of assisting their completion and enhancing their distribution and festival presentation possibilities. The programme is funded by Creative Europe MEDIA and Bulgarian National Film Center.

Statement from directors of Docu Rough Cut Boutique – Rada Sesic and Martichka Bozhilova: “This year’s submission showed us that new talent is emerging in our regional documentary scene. Interestingly, many applications arrived from Ukraine, submitted by committed filmmakers who sharply observe the harsh reality around them. 

In most applications it was beautiful to observe the maturity and thoughtfulness of the projects and the singular creative views of the authors. We thank all of them for considering Docu Rough Cut Boutique as the place they want to be. But like last year, we only have five openings. We want to salute the upcoming talents with their first or second projects, as well as the experienced makers who dare to challenge out-of-the-box cinematic thinking while tackling with topics that matter to all of us. After difficult selection, we are proud to say that the final five are apparent labour of love in which authors invested many years of meticulous work. 

During our three sessions (Sofia, Cluj and Sarajevo) within six months, we offer hands-on, tailor-made mentoring process and carefully prepared presentation during the Cine Link Industry Days at the Sarajevo Film Festival. 

We wish you all an exciting journey with our boutique cinema and we are looking forward to fruitful discussions, meetings, and presentations in Sofia, Cluj, and Sarajevo.” 

The selected projects are:
ELECTING MISS SANTA Director: Raisa Răzmeriță Producer: Ion Gnatiuc Editor: Alexandru Popescu Production Company: HaiDOC Productions (Republic of Moldova) Co-producer: Anamaria Antoci, Anda Ionescu – Tangaj Production (Romania)Country: Republic of Moldova, Romania 


KARTLI Directors: Tamar Kalandadze, Julien Pebrel Producer: Keto Kipiani Editor: Eka Tsotsoria Production Company: Sakdoc Film, Georgia Co-producer: Jean – Baptiste Bonnet (Habilis Productions, France)Country: Georgia, France 


SUPER PARADISE Director: Steve Krikris Producer: Paul Typlados, Dafni Kalafati, Steve Kriris Editor: Marios Kleftakis Production Company: Filmiki S.A Co-producer: Unafilm- Titus Kreyenberg (Germany) Country: Greece 


IN HELL WITH IVO Director: Kristina Nikolova Producer: Kristina Nikolova Editors: Anastas Petkov, Nina Altaparmakova Production Company: Lunaclipse media Country: Bulgaria 


DIVIA Director: Dmytro Hreshko Producers: Polina Herman, Glib Lukianets Executive Producer: Tasia Puhach Editor: Dmytro Hreshko Production Company: Gogol Film, UP UA Studio Country: Ukraine, Poland
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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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