Documentary Awards at Sarajevo Film Festival

Taken from the website of the festival:

Jury members were Joslyn Barnes, Writer and producer (USA),  Jasmin Basic, Film historian and Curator (Switzerland), Vibeke Bryld, Director and Writer, editor of DOX Magazine (Denmark).

HEART OF SARAJEVO FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM: SICKFUCKPEOPLE. Director: Juri Rechinsky  (Austria) Financial award, in the amount of 3,000 €, is provided by The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR COMPETITION PROGRAMME DOCUMENTARY FILM: THE CLEANERS. Director: Konstantinos Georgousis (Greece) Financial Award, in the amount of 2,500 €, is provided by Al Jazeera Balkans.

HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD: MARRIED TO THE SWISS FRANC. Director: Arsen Oremović (Croatia). Award for the best film of the Competition Programme – Documentary Film dealing with the subject of human rights. Award in the amount of 3,000 € is granted by The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

The main award winner, «Sickfuckpeople», is presented like this in the festival catalogue: A documentary triptych about a group of homeless kids, who have survived their drug-addicted childhood, grew up and started to live an adult life. It’s a story about a boy facing the surreal, degenerated society of his native village full of hate and sadistic anger while searching for his mother. It’s a story about a pregnant girl who wants to give birth to her child whose childhood will probably be even worse than hers. But her own sisters are forcing her to have an abortion.

I did not watch the film, my life companion did and found the film shocking and grinding in its content conveyed in a super-aesthetical style.

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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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