Visions du Réel Award Ceremony 2020

From one award ceremony to the next, thanks to Online. Two nights ago I was in Kiev for the Docudays ua, last night I was in Nyon for the ceremony of the Visions du Réel, where many awards were given out, big money compared to what is possible at the Ukrainian festival.

And quite a different style of a show : It started with a man (did not get his name, head of the Board ?) talking directly to the camera, welcoming and thanking everyone around the festival, giving statistics, summing up what he characterised as « un grand succes ». Followed by Emilie Bujès, the festival director, who, joined by a colleague, was taking the viewer through the awards, introducing juries and filmmakers and clips. They did but failed a lot of times as one award was announced and another one came on the screen. Luckily the two ladies ended up laughing of their messy, unprofessional situation, where a coordination between technique and speeches was not prepared. 

First time mistakes… but what functioned well was the presentation from the side of jurors, who had – some of them – prepared small original videos to introduce the winners. The same with some of the winners, when they were to express their « thank you´s ». And bravo to the organisers for having asked the winners to make their own trophées. Great fun to see the different versions, all should have a fish included as Nyon is close to water, lake Geneva.

The winners… I have not watched in beforehand, except for the two I had as links (Traces of a Landscape

and Mimaroğlu )

but I will catch up and watch at least some of them. Two of them for sure: Legendary Finnish master Markku Lehmuskallio (81 years old) and his son Johannes with „Anerca, Breath of Life“ (Photo) and Polish Tomasz Wolski’s „An Ordinary Country“. I have with pleasure seen other works of both filmmakers.

All awards are listed below in the list from the festival’s website.

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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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