Tbilisi International Film Festival/3

The Pitch workshop has started. 10 projects have been selected from 5 countries: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbjadan, Ukraine and Moldova. A diversity of themes were presented by filmmakers with a different background. They met each other, heard about the state of the art in Europe and pitched and got feedback from colleagues. The organiser of the workshop, Anna Dziapshipa, who works at the Georgian Film Center, and who is also working as a producer, and the director Salome Jashi (her films have reviewed on this site) did a fine case study on their work-in-progress, Bahkmaro and Those Who Work There. This film-to-be was pitched at the Baltic Sea Forum in Riga September 2008, did a year of the Ex Oriente EU MEDIA training workhop in three stages – and was very succesfully received at public pitching sessions in Leipzig and Jihlava this autumn. The film project was originally in its early development phase supported by the Gothenburg Film Festival Fund, a very honourable move from the Swedish, who are here to pick one of the 10 film proposals at the workshop to give a grant of 5000€.

The workshop takes place at the Goethe Institute in Tbilisi, and I have again to express admiration for the generous attitude of the Germans in this part of the world, where support is granted to local filmmakers, very often also as a financial help for development and production of documentary films.

Friday the 5th a public pitching session will take place within the framework of the international film festival.

Photo: Anna Dziapshipa, Tue Steen Müller and German co-producer Heino Deckert in Jihlava.


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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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