Pärnu Film Festival 2015/ Awards

Take a look at the photo – it’s a festival award, the main one at the Pärnu Film Festival, characteristic for the originality with which Mark Soosaar runs his festival, this one being the 29th.

And the winner was – as in so many festivals during the last year – Hanna Polak’s “Something Better to Come”. On her FB site Polak writes: “This is the amazing award we got last night from Pärnu Film Festival: The Estonian People’s Award, voted by the audience of Estonian TV. This beautiful piece of art is made by talented Christi Kütt
a, student of a beautiful Artist Anu Raud.”

In the section for the best Estonian documentaries two films were awarded: “Christ Lives in Siberia” by Arbo Tammiksaar and Jaak Kilmi and “How I saved Africa” by Kullar Vilmne. I have seen both and have a lot of heart for the latter that has this overall content: “Siisi is an active and attractive young woman who’d have enough energy to send Estonia’s spacecraft to Mars. But instead, the urge to make the world a better place sends Siisi far away to Uganda, where she plans to open a café with the help of donators to offer work to the local young handicapped people…” It’s funny and warm and gets close to both the main character and some of the people who work in the café.

http://www.chaplin.ee/filmfestival/awards-public.htm

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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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