Documentary in Europe Workshop

The 15th edition of Documentary in Europe in Bardonecchia, Italy starts tomorrow. It includes training, project development, pitching to a panel of commissioning editors, matchmaking between directors, producers and distributors – and screenings. (By the way, the organisers are making an exemplarily good promotion with their site and newsletter, see below)

And what a pleasure to see that a film that has been mentioned numerous times on this blog, Cinema Komunisto by Mila Turajlic, is the opening film in the nice local Cinema Sabrina. The afterlife of this film, that premiered nationally in a full Sava Centre at the Magnificent 7 festival in Belgrade in late January this year, has been one long success story for the director and her team.

Let me quote from the newsletter i received today from the organisers of Documentary in Europe: In February 2011, Cinema Komunisto became the first Serbian documentary film to gain distribution in multiplex cinemas in Serbia. This marked the beginning of an incredible festival run, from IDFA to Tribeca, during which the film collected 7 awards and counting. Amongst these the FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Archival Footage in an Arts Production! Four years in the making, with clips from over 330 feature films, and exclusive archive gathered from all over Europe, Cinema

Komunisto is a complex collage of Yugoslav history told through its cinema.

The director is in Bardonecchia for the screening and to do a masterclass on how to dive into the complicated world of archive material clearance.

Let me also quote the fine text delivered by the director about herself in the  same newsletter: … BA in Film and TV Production, Faculty of Dramatics Arts in Belgrade. MSc in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Took the long road to being a documentary filmmaker. On the run from political activism and mind-numbing academia. Converted to filmmaking in the belief that art will always be more subversive than politics. Seduced by ‘cinema as art’ preaching of French cineastes during studies of documentary cinema in Paris. Sobered by pitching forums, slots, re-versioning and the documentary industry in general. Spoiled by a one-year stint working on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto in Mexico. Inspired on an annual basis by the films and auteurs who come to the “Magnificent 7 Festival” in Belgrade that I helped give birth to and organize. Challenged and fulfilled daily by the obsession to make documentary films.

The name for that is commitment!

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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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