EDN Award 2012 to Dox Box

Taken from the website of EDN: The EDN Award is presented to the DOX BOX initiators a day after the DOX BOX Global Day, an initiative made in response to the current political and human situation in Syria. Current conditions make it impossible to implement this year’s festival, which would have been the 5th edition. Instead the festival organizers set up DOX BOX Global Day, where Syrian documentaries were screened in 38 cities around the world on March 15; a date marking one year of Syrian uprising. 

Upon presenting the EDN Award Hanne Skjødt, Director of EDN says:

Originally The EDN Award was initiated to honour outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture. However, there are times and circumstances where we have to look beyond our own borders and recognise people fighting harder than we could ever imagine doing within our own continent. 

Therefore we have chosen to expand the geographical focus of our award. We want to honour a group of courageous people with a great vision and outstanding will-power. People who keep fighting despite conditions seeming close to impossible. A team, who at hard times does not give up but fight the cruel violence of a heartless dictator by being innovative and showing great spirit. Instead of having their festival stopped by the current situation, they came up with a solution to keep the spirit of their festival alive and create a worldwide recognition for their cause.

It is our great honour to present The EDN Award 2012 to Diana El Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia and The DOX BOX Team.

Photo: Diana el Jeiroudi, Orwa Nyrabia and Hanne Skjødt at the ceremony at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, yesterday.

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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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