How Docs Reach the Audience

3 months after the St.Petersburg conference on ”How Docs Reach the Audience” 12 videos are now available online for everyone interested. With around 12 hours of interesting talks about Nordic and Russian experiences, when it comes to reach an audience…

The Russian Documentary Guild has published the whole conference on its site – in an English version and in a Russian, links below. It is very professionally made (excellent interpreters) and you can pick the interventions that appeal to you. The conference was supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Elena Khoroshkina) and produced by Viktor Skubey, president of the Guild and Anastasia Lobanova, both of them producers of documentary films. It was a pleasure to work with them. My job was to help put together the program and moderate with Cecilie Bolvinkel from European Documentary Network (EDN).

It’s all there – take a look at Danish Film Institute (DFI) representatives Liselotte Michelsen and Lisbeth Juhl Sibbesen fighting with the Russian technician to technically prepare the speech on the DFI streaming services, or see Cecilie Bolvinkel present the Moving Docs or hear Anton Mazurov, sales agent, speak about the Russian distribution of creative documentary… It’s all accompanied by clips or power points, it’s informative, inspiring and personal as was Swedish producer Stina Gardell’s talk (PHOTO) not to forget Russian Irina Shatalova from the Doker festival or Maja Lindquist on the Doc Lounge that she set up in Sweden or Diana Tabakov from legendary DocAlliance. Or Flahertiana festival’s Pavel Pechenkin, local cinema programmer Alexey Nedviga, 24 Docs broadcaster Alexey Laifurov and Maria Muskevich who for the Documentary Guild works to better the film club network situation.

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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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