EDN Terminates DOX/ 2

PeÅ Holmquist, director and producer of documentary films, first President of EDN has written a letter about DOX:

In EDN Newsletter, week 37, I get the news about our magazine DOX:Doesn’t exist anymore!  DOX has been there nearly from when we started EDN – quite a long time ago. In EDN Weekly, 37, I read “with deep regret I have to announce that I had to decide to terminate the publishing of Dox Magazine.?”

I think the EDN-director Paul Pauwels is making a big mistake. And as one of the founders of EDN I find it strange that this decision comes with a very low-key way and with an “I had to decide”.

I think/thought  this kind of a decision would be much more profound and I think it’s not enough that this is a “one man decision”. About the reason to stop DOX we just get a few sentences from PP about the loss of money from Creative Europe. No discussion from the EDN Executive committee, no exact calculations are shown to us! It’s also typical that I myself didn’t find this news with the EDN newsletter? I missed it. I found it on filmkommentaren.dk and a very concerned note from Emma Davie, also one of EDN:s old members.

I think one problem lately with EDN is that the Business behind documentary film has taken more and more place. Less and less about the culture behind our genre. Why are we making these films? It’s certainly not because of the money. I spent 35 years of my filmmaking in the Middle East (10 of them also teaching Palestinian filmmakers) – this was also not because of money! We need to discuss our films and the reasons behind, and what kind of reactions we and our film get , etc ?

That’s why we need something like DOX . We have enough of Pitching Forums already.

I sincerely hope and I urge the EDN executive committee to initiate a discussion about Dox or a new DOX at the General Assembly in Amsterdam in November this year.

PeÅ Holmquist, documentary filmmaker. First chairman for EDN

pea.holmquist@comhem.se

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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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