Sofia Biting Docs Festival

It is not only in Colombia – see below – that festival organisers play with the word closeness between docs and dogs, when a new fest is to be launched. Look at the logo for a festival that starts today (and runs for a week) in the capital of Bulgaria and introduces itself like this:

”SOFIA BITING DOCS presents a selection of high quality documentary films representing human rights topics, environmental problems, integration of diversity groups into the society and other controversial topics raising discussions and arguments.

The festival crew is planning to organize different accompanying events within its frames such as discussions, workshops and lectures, giving popularity of many interesting, but inconvenient issues.

The event is organized by Pozor Company with the support of One World Film Festival in Prague, Czech Centre – Sofia and Kino Iztok Foundation.”

Yes, documentaries are being used in a festival context to create debate about important issues. Among the films are Vitaly Manski Cuba-film ”Motherland or Death” and Lauren Greenfield’s ”Queen of Versailles”… One World-films can also be humorous and some of them bite.

http://www.sofiabitingdocs.com/welcome.html

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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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