Dokufest Prizren 2015/ 5

I have followed the festival in Kosovo from long-distance, it has been easy to do as the level of FB information (text and pictures) distributed from Dokufest is high and competent, as is the website and the press release that came out yesterday. I quote in its full length and at the post above you will get information about some of the awards distributed. It’s all very professional with a welcoming atmosphere. I intend to take part next year:

PRIZREN 16.08.2015 – The 14th edition of the International Documentary and Short Film Festival – DokuFest came to a close yesterday, the 16th day of August. DokuFest 2015 was dedicated to the theme of Migration with films from all over the world and the Balkan region, masterclasses, workshops, debates and panel discussions.

New ticket sales records were set with 14,000 tickets sold over the

course of the event’s nine days. The midnight music shows – DokuNights – sold a record 13,000 tickets for its stellar line-up of international music acts and DJ sets with people dancing until sunrise.

This year’s film program consisted of 228 feature-length and short films, with 124 of those in competition. The winning selections from each competition are listed (via the link below). They were announced tonight at Prizren’s Kino Lumbardhi, site of the festival’s closing ceremony. Following the awards ceremony, the closing night film feature was Albert Maysles’ film Iris. This year, DokuFest presented a special strand of the classic cinematic work of Albert and his partner and brother, David. Mr. Maysles passed away this year and the festival honored this legendary and seminal documentarian with special screenings of remastered classics. After the screening, the festivities continued at Lumbardhi with the last act of DokuNights featuring the traditional sounds of Nezafete Shala and family playing a selection of Albanian folk music.

Photo: Majlinda Hoxha.

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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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