Tbilisi International Film Festival/5

The Pitch.Doc day included 10 projects to be pitched after a couple of days of training done by Georgian filmmaker Salome Jashi and me. The public pitching panel, arranged and organized by Anna Dziapshipa, had around 10 people to react critically and constructive to projects that for most of them were in an early development stage. The mix of panelists coming from film festivals, foreign filmmakers living in Tbilisi, a representative from Georgian Television and the CEO of Georgian Film Centre turned out to be  succesful and active.

Peter Jan Smit, Dutch filmmaker, summarized the themes of the pitched projects like this at the closing award ceremony:

There was 1) a project on Moldova and the 1980 Olympics. 2) on spiritual and metallurgical purification in Los Angeles.3) on the lives of young theatre actors in Kiev. 4) an Azerbadjani view on Georgian Idp’s in Meskheti.5) the khevsuretian code of Love. 6) an Azerbadjani village with only women, the men went to town. 7) angry young people in Moldova asking for answers on the political development. 8) a story connecting the Spanish civil war, the Leningrad siege and the August war.9) the female war-generation perspective on the shortage of men in Yerevan. 10) photography capturing time in Kiev.

Yes, what a diversity of themes, most of them accompanied by visuals, moving images or stills. And a one-page – during the workshop – rewritten presentation of the project.

… and the winner of the award, 5000€ as a development grant, was Alina Abdullayeva (photo) from Azerbjadan with the intriguing story, ”Matchmaker”. She received the award from Camilla Larsson and Ulf Sigvardson from the Gothenburg Film Festival Fund. She and other pitchers will for sure be able to do well at European markets.


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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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