Paul Pauwels Blogs

New director of EDN (European Documentary Network) Paul Pauwels blogs to his members, and to those who want to/consider become a member of a very useful and unique organisation. As former privileged director of EDN, I warmly recommend you to join ”the family” and thus help the documentary community stand stronger. Anyway, start by reading how PP calls for action and salutes the filmmakers, ”you people”, here is a quote:

…to applaud the endurance and the stamina that is continuously demonstrated by the international documentary community. In spite of the obvious problems, you people never seem to give up. Financial sources are drying up? Let’s find new ones! The number of slots for creative documentary is going down? Let’s start putting pressure on the CEO’s of the broadcasters to make them understand that they cannot have this happen and let’s prove to them that independently produced programs do bring an added value! Politicians are claiming that culture is a thing that no longer should be supported? Let’s keep going after them until they understand the value of the cultural heritage that we as a sector preserve and enrich! What a fine example of courage and perseverance you’re setting there…

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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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