Taken from the idfa site: The VPRO Joris Ivens Award was presented to Anders Østergaard for Burma VJ – Reporting From a Closed Country. The film consists almost completely of material filmed in secret by a group of reporters during the uprising against the military dictatorship in Burma in September 2007. According to jury chair Bianca Stigter, the film is “a harrowing reminder of the power and the weakness of images.” (Anders Østergaard also took some awards at the cph:dox, click search)

The VPRO Joris Ivens Award consists of a sculpture and € 12,500.
The jury of the Joris Ivens Competition also awarded a Special Jury Award to Rick Minnich and Matthew Sweetwood for Forgetting Dad (Germany), which deals with the emotional consequences for those around him of the sudden and inexplicable loss of memory suffered by Minnich’s father.

Aliona van der Horst received the Silver Wolf Award for Boris Ryzhy (the Netherlands), about the Russian poet Boris Ryzhy, who tragically died at an early age, and Yekaterinburg, the grey industrial city that had a great deal of influence on his life and work. Jury chair Thomas White said that, “although none of the jury members had heard of the poet in advance, Van der Horst manages to immerse the viewer in his world, while at the same time giving us a glimpse of the Russian soul”. The Silver Wolf consists of € 10,000, made available by the NPS.

For the first time, the Silver Wolf jury also presented a Special Jury Award to Lady Kul el Arab (Israel) by Ibtisam Mara’ana.

The winner of the Silver Cub Competition, for documentaries up to 30 minutes, was also announced. Slaves – An Animated Documentary (Sweden/Norway/Denmark) by Hanna Heilbronn and David Aronowitsch won the Silver Cub Award, worth € 5,000.

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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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