MakeDox Awards

At the 10th edition of the MakeDox festival in Skopje in North Macedonia the awards were given in a non-competitive festive atmosphere as you have been able to witness through the huge photo coverage the festival has given its FB friends, including me, who was at the festival a couple of years ago, and it IS like that: warm in temperature and hospitality, and focused on bringing the best of the best to the audience. That is from my point of view conveyed perfectly in the jury choices:

• Onion Award- best film in the Main program
Jury: Ann Georgette, Ineke Smiths, Victor Edde
Solo- Artemio Benki
Special mention (City of the Dead- Miguel Eeek)

• Young Onion Award- for the best newcomer’s film two awards
Jury: Vincent Deutre, Viola Stephan, Gjorche Stavreski
Honeyland (Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska)
Gods of Molenbeek- (Reeta Huhtanen)

• Sliced Onion- for the best short film
Jury: Ondrej Kamenicky, Martin Ivanov, Anca Paunescu
Our Song to War- Juanita Rodriguez Onzaga

• Onion Seed Award- for the best student film
Jury: Jasmin Basic, Martina Valentina Baumgartner, Illeana Stanculescu
La Bestia- Train of the Unknowns- Manuel Inacker
Special mention ( Hey, bro!- Aleksandar Elkan)

• Best Moral Approach Award
Jury: Vivan Storlund, Risto Solunchev, John Parish
The Gods of Molenbeek- Reeta Huhtanen

And look at the photo (taken by the festival): Director Artemio Benki calls the protagonist of the film, Martìn Perino, to tell him that their film has won the main award! Long distance call, I guess Martin Perino was in Buenos Aires. The award is given to a film that took me totally by the heart, when I saw it in May this year, here is a bit of my text on this site: …

Now it is my turn to put down, what I feel and think after having watched ”Solo” – for the second time. I feel that I have been given the gift of getting very close to a man with an extraordinary musical talent. For playing and composing. A very generous move from a fragile man, who spent 3 years at el Borda, the psychiatric hospital in Buenos Aires, gets out from there but is still under treatment. He lets me suffer with him, be happy and enjoy, when he is at the piano. And a very – towards him – respectful and compassionate move from the filmmakers to convey, what they got from Martìn Perino… if you want to read the whole review:

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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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