East Doc Platform 2016

I left Prague yesterday after 7 fine days with the East Doc Platform and its professional and personal touch. I was happy that my hand luggage was not being weighed at the airport, my IDF (Institute of Documentary Film) catalogue (close to 200 pages with postcard-like colour photos of projects) would have been sent to check-in of luggage. I wanted it for the cabin. The heaviness has given me a small pain in the shoulder! – but you have to suffer for the art…

And chapeau for the art of organising a huge event like this with so many elements. I was not part of it all but I have heard no objections from any visitors to the hospitality and already mentioned professionalism.

Below I will post comments on projects which were part of the East European Forum. 21 were pitched, I can not get the whole way around and my categorisation is of course a simplification. I will also mention the film projects, which were awarded and those awarded at the One World Festival, the parallel event. Have to mention as well that the event included meetings for projects for individual meetings (the so-called ”Project Market”) and a presentation of new Czech Docs. For the latter master Miroslav Janek presented clips from his upcoming ”Normal Autistic Film” saying that it will hopefully show ”the Beauty of Mental Diversity” – for me the clip already pointed in that direction. Robert Kirchhoff, another name that advocates quality, is working to finish his ”Through the Forest”, which could end up being the film on the Roma Holocaust. The material shown was promising.


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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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