Docu Rough Cut Boutique

Last day of a workshop at the Sarajevo Film Festival. A documentary workshop with a concept that has a focus on the creative side of documentaries and not on the financing side. Refreshing!

And – as one of the tutors – I see 5 good films coming up after three days of watching films on a rough cut stage, sessions that hopefully have given the filmmakers encouragement and inspiration. ”Documentaries Go Big” is the sentence that covers the poster of the documentary impact on a festival that in its 19th edition still invites the audience and the professionals primarily to feature films – Yes there is a red carpet and stars arrive and photos are taken.

But thanks to Rada Sesic (photo) the documentaries are now visible at the festival. There is a documentary competition, there are screenings out of competition and there is the named Rough Cut Boutique that is organised in collaboration with the Balkan Documentary Centre = Martichka Bozhilova. And there is a daily Docu Corner, where filmmakers discuss with an audience. And there are awards being given to finished films in competiton and awards for projects in development.

Next post from my side will name the winners of the Boutique – to be announced tonight.

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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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