Ex Oriente 1 – Production

Helge Albers represents the Flying Moon Filmproduktion based in Germany. A company that started 10 years ago and produces fiction as well as feature length documentaries. Albers gave the Ex Oriente participants a brief intro to the documentary history of a company that has been very much orientated towards a theatrical distribution. With success:

The first example shown was the film by Uli Gaulke, ”Havana, mi amor” (photo), that came after ”Buena Vista Social Club” profiting from the huge interest in Cuba. The film had 60.000 tickets sold in the cinemas and gave the company a profit of around 30.000€. The same director made later on the ”Comrades in Dreams” that became a festival hit but a cinema flop. Nevertheless the company has a focus on theatrical release and added a distribution branch to its activities which gave a sensational good result with the film ”Full Metal Village” (director Korean Sung-Hyung Cho) that made 190.000 cinema tickets on the basis of first 16 and later 53 prints. The film had no television support on board up front with a budget of around 200.000€.

Albers said that the dvd distribution of this film, supplemented by a good income from festival fees was financially much more interesting than the vod (video on demand) that he was much more sceptical towards. Saying that people normally connects internet to something that is for free.



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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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