Odense Film Festival

If you want a qualified overview of what has happened in Danish documentary, short fiction, animation and children film during the last year – you should go to the 23rd Odense Film Festival that takes place next week, August 19-24, in Odense. Yes, this is where Hans Christian Andersen was born.

The festival is competitive with a wide range of prizes to be given, not only for films from the national competition programme but also for an international competiton programme of short films.

The festival programme is rich, full of special sections, workshops and seminars, and has its own ambiance around the art cinema Café Biografen. Check it if you can with your own eyes, and if you can’t, go to the website, see below. Selectors for foreign festivals can catch important titles here.

As for documentaries in competition, several of them have already been reviewed on filmkommentaren – ”Purity Beats Everything”, ”Milosevic on Trial” , ”Forførerens Fald”, ”Being Frank”, ”Vesterbro” to mention a handful. You can click them all on this blog.

Later this week we intend to review some of the new films.


Still: Milosevic On Trial in the national competition.

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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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