The innovative festival in Skopje is over and awards have been distributed. Apart from two of the films, frequent readers of will know the winning films very well from reviews and notes. Here you are, and below you get descriptions of the two last ones:

Best creative documentary in main selection-ARGENTINIAN LESSON” (Wojciech Staron).

The award for ethical ideas- CELL PHONE“(Nedzat Begovic)

The award for best presentation for human rights-NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT” (Patricio Guzman).

Best newcomer documentary-“HE THINKS HE IS THE BEST”. Director: Maria Kuhlberg, Sweden, 2011, 75 mins. A documentary film which reflects the turbulent history of a family following its emigration to Italy. At the centre of the story is the conflict between two brothers which lasts for more than fifty years. The beginning of the film reveals that the brothers haven’t had contact for thirteen years.

Best documentary for kids and youth- “NICKY’S FAMILY”. Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2011, 96’. (Photo). Director: Matej Mináč. A visually magnificent, emotionally packed journey through the almost forgotten work of a humble man. The true new ‘Schindler’s List’, without the commercial aspect. The man is now over 100 years old; he managed to save so many young people’s lives without mentioning anything about it for 50 years. This film will make you believe in grand noble deeds again, as is the case with ‘Nicky’s family’ – thousands of young people inspired to get engaged in acts of good deeds around the world.

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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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