ZagrebDox 2019 Ivars Seleckis and Me

Years ago Nenad Puhovski, founder of and director of ZagrebDox, said to himself: I also want to give an award, I will call it ”My Generation”. (Remember that Puhovski has a competitive category for filmmakers under 35 with an attached Youth Jury). This year Puhovski was happy to award Latvian Ivars Seleckis, whose masterpiece ”To be Continued” was shown at the festival.

At the same – to celebrate the 15th edition – Puhovski gave two honorary awards, one national and one international. The national was given to Hrvoje Hribar, a director and former Croatian Audiovisual Centre managing director, the international to me.

From the press release published on the site of the festival:

My Generation Award goes to the film To Be Continued, by Latvian director Ivars Seleckis, a master of documentary film, the filmmaker who also won the European Film Academy Award and other awards named after documentary film icons Joris Ivens and Robert Flaherty. The film To Be Continued inspires ease, subtle humour and youthful freshness and we truly cannot wait to screen the sequel in a few years.

HONORARY STAMP FOR A LASTING PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION, FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT TO ZAGREBDOX, AWARDED BY THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF ZAGREBDOX NENAD PUHOVSKI
Tue Steen Müller

Celebrating the festival’s 15th birthday, ZagrebDox wishes to say thank you to all those who helped us grow, evolve and persevere over the course of all these years. Thanking everyone, literally hundreds of them who, one way or another, built a part of themselves into our festival is practically impossible. Therefore we decided to say a symbolical thank you and give the Honorary Stamp to just two of them – one Croatian and one international documentary scene representative. Our first choice is Mr Tue Steen Müller, a friend and supporter of our festival from the very beginning. Its role is probably best described by the fact that at the very first ZagrebDox, in 2005, he played three roles – a jury member, a Danish documentary selection curator, and a documentary project workshop coordinator. His involvement continued in the years to come. By thanking Tue, we also thank the European Documentary Network, the umbrella organisation of European documentary filmmakers. Tue is one of its founders and the first managing director, and the network also helped our festival a great deal.

HONORARY STAMP FOR A LASTING PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION, FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT TO ZAGREBDOX – AWARDED BY THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF ZAGREBDOX NENAD PUHOVSKI
Hrvoje Hribar

The second Honorary Stamp goes to Hrvoje Hribar, a director and former Croatian Audiovisual Centre managing director, primarily because of the fact that his understanding, knowledge and passion made a great impact on the establishment of documentary film’s position in Croatia, in all its development, production and presentation stages. Naturally, this honour, like in the previous case, goes to the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and all its employees whose joint effort helped stabilise, evolve and maintain Croatian documentary production even when it was not easy.

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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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