East European Forum Prague

Saturday morning I attended the pitching of 18 projects and an award ceremony, including 9 awards – they will be announced on the site and/or the Facebook page of the organizing IDF, Institute of Documentary Film. As usual with a fine atmosphere at the Komedie Theatre, unpretentious professionalism, all projects were presented without any discussion afterwards, that happened later that afternoon and this morning in round table discussions with the participation of broadcasters, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, producers…

I watched and listened to the projects and established my own point system with 10 and 9 in the top. 6 out of 18 qualified:


Romania/France, director Eva Pervolovici

First person film, cinematic trailer that gives an idea of what the film will look like. ”An abandoned land…a political prison, a natural park, a roma settlement… past and present”


Russia, director Dmitry Bogolubov

Logline: Ghosts of the heroic soviet past don’t allow provincial town of E to live in the present… Trailer with excellent cinematography… if they can avoid the clichés, pay respect to the people with no pointing fingers at them… The project received 3 of the 9 awards.


Russia, director Alina Rudnitskaya

Docu comedy by one of the most talented Russian directors, character-driven, women who are looking for ”a prosperous man”. Proff. Trailer.


Latvia, director Ivars Zviedris

The man behind ”Documentarian”, a true documentarian, director/cameraman, showed a trailer AND a small scene, hilarious, with a man being questioned by the border police. In Borderland between Russia and Latvia. Received the DocsBarcelona award.


Serbia/ France, director Mila Turajlic

Fine trailer and presentation, will be an interesting historical documentary, ”an archival road trip with cameraman Labudovic, Tito’s cameraman, cinemic eye of the Algerian revolution…”


Bulgaria/ Sweden, director Yulian Tabakov

A hand reaching out for a cup or water on a table, an old woman’s voice, a horse and its carriage in a landscape that looks like a dump – a director’s aesthetic choice for the presentation of his film. Great.

Looking forward to seeing these films completed as well as the others of the 18, which were maybe not so interesting at a first glance. The question that comes up for me is what kind of trailers should be made – the ones that present the topic or the ones that are the film in terms of style, handwriting, l´écriture as the French call it.


Share your love
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.

Articles: 3866