The writing workshop is over. An amazing development from Day 1 to Day 3. 5 documentary projects are ready to be piitched internationally. Projects with quality and passion. The doors should be opened for these filmmakers to proceed to the European pitch fora and markets:

“The Virgin Mary, the Copts and me” by Namir Abdel Messeh from France/Egypt, a young director who wants to travel back to his homeland, where his father was jailed during the Nasser time, and his Coptian relatives consider him, a non-believer, with both scepticism and love. “Take me Back to Sydney” by Louly Seif from Egypt, an intriguing project about gender identity from a director, who at the age of 16 years wanted to have her hair cut short as a boy. It turns out that her grandfather was one of the first to make transexual operations in Sydney. The director goes back to meet a drag queen, one of the patients of the grandfather. Elias Moubarak from Lebanon has access to children in a refugee camp (the film has no title yet), where he has been as an aid worker. He has great characters: “Hamada, George, Junior, Evel, Hiba are children refugees, asylum seekers or migrants living in an unstable country: Lebanon.” Dalia Fathallah, from Lebanon as well, calls her project “Little Sunshines” with the subtitle “redheads from Lebanon”, a quite unusual hair colour for this region. She sets out to meet others with the same “handicap” to produce a film, that ” will be light and humorous, even if dealing underneath with deep issues”. Finally, maybe the most courageous of the film projects, “Those Days” – Noha El Meadawy from  Egypt wants to make a film that starts from her strong experience of fiiling a case against corruption in Egyptian television finding herself abandoned by people who before supported her. She loses the case and wants to integrate her story into the tragic story of two women from the 70’es. Photo from Dalia Fathallah’s previous film “Mabrouk at Fahrir”.

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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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