DOKLeipzig To be a Festival Guest

… and a jury member means that you are treated well, very well indeed. You are in a nice hotel, you get a per diem so you can go and buy yourself a wienerschnitzel or a curry-wurst, and a beer and lots of coffee, to stay awake and alert when you go to the warm cinema halls or down to the market videotheque, where you get a booth and just need to log in and write the title of the film, and vupti (do you say so in English?) the film comes up on the screen. Full service in other words and good meeting places to say hello to old and new friends. I am in one of the many juries, the one for safe and healthy workplaces, 8 films have been picked from the overall programme, and the jury has to choose one of the 8, a creative documentary on the subject of work.

The local newspaper reports daily on the films and this morning the film journalist characterised the film “48” (PHOTO) by Susana de Sousa Dias as a radiodocumentary with some images connected. He is totally wrong as he can read in the review(s) both Allan Berg and I made after seeing the film at Cinema du Reel this year in March – it got the Grand Prix at that festival.

A couple of grumpy remarks to the otherwise professional festival: Last night a film was cancelled because the projection machine could not screen NTSC HD format – why was that not checked in beforehand? And in the same cinema (Wintergarten), at the repeat of the very same film, the organisers allowed the audience to enter when the projection had started, around ten times getting their faces into the screen! Come on organisers, tell the doormen NOT to allow any entrance during screenings. Respect for the films!

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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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