IDFA Forum 2007 – 2

3 project presentations were quite nicely done in terms of verbal and visual pitch – and yes, I am biased, I know the people, I hoped the best for them, but I am also sure that many other will agree that these filmmakers did their job

– Dragan and Jovana Nikolic from Serbia performed very well. Due to their nice, warm clip and their personality many tv stations applauded the “Caviar Connection” story with the two original fishermen who fight to get the sturgeons that one day end up as expensive caviar somewhere in the world. The first one to praise them was Nick Fraser from BBC Storyville and others joined him

– Hypermarket Film from Czech Republic, represented by Filip Remunda (“Czech Dream”) and director Marko Skop (“Other World”) satirisized over the EU with their presentation “Osadné – Brussels – Osadné”, including a great clip about the small Slovak village and its delegates and their expectations to the EU in Brussels

– and “The two Last Tightrope Dancers” by Armenian Inna H. and Vardan H. exemplified that if you have strong enough characters, if you demonstrate passion and charm, if you know how to answer questions then you can win the hearts of broadcasters, who still believe in the cross-bordering potential of good documentary stories like did Vera Bonnier from SVT and other competent people in the small room, where the Armenians performed.

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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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