Uldis Cekulis

The IDF (Institute of Documentary Film) in Prague publishes a very actively edited website with information and facts about filmmaking in the Eastern part of Europe plus a series of interviews conducted to celebrate the10 Years of the training programme Ex Oriente Film. This time Veronika Lisková from IDF has talked to Latvian producer, cameraman, tutor and member of the EDN (European Documentary Network) board, Uldis Cekulis. Here are the first two paragraphs, continue on the website, Cekulis has many wise words to say, and has produced excellent films, two of them are mentioned here:

… While the celebration of Ex Oriente Film 10th anniversary goes on, we serve you the second of the ten interviews with filmmakers who participated in the training programme within its ten years of existence. This time we have enjoyed talking to Latvian producer Uldis Cekulis. His company VFS Films produced two documentaries that were developed through Ex Oriente Film workshop.

The first one is Klucis. The Deconstruction of an Artist, (photo) directed by Peteris Krilovs. Filmed in Latvian-French-Greek co-production, the documentary tells the story of Gustav Klucis, Latvian farmer who became one of the classic representatives of constructivism after his arrival to Russia and, eventually, a victim of Stalinist purges. The second one is the Oscar-nominated Ramin, so far the latest movie directed by Lithuanian director Audrius Stonys, this year among the most successful international festival documentaries. We have met Uldis Cekulis at this year’s Baltic Sea Forum in Riga where he presented two new projects from his production… read more on


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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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