There he is, festival director, producer and teacher Nenad Puhovski, who now for the 5th time launches a documentary festival in Croatia, and thus welcomes the world of documentaries in the heart of Zagreb.

A clip from the welcome text on the site: ZagrebDox, the largest international documentary film festival in the region, is marking its 5th anniversary this year! As the Festival will celebrate its birthday very actively, you will have a chance to see 120 most interesting new documentaries from all over the world from 23 February – 1 March, 2009.

An enormous programme with a generous choice made for the visitors: 30 films are in the international competition, among them ”Burma Vj” by Anders Østergaard, ”Rough Aunties” by Kim Longinotto, ”The Mother” by Cattin and Kostomarov, Geoffrey Smith’s ”The English Surgeon”, ”Three Men and a Fish Pond” by Pakalnina and Maskalana, ”René” by Helena Trestikova. To be followed by an always interesting regional competition of 24 films including ”The 21st Second” by Serbian Zeljko Mirkovic, ”Lost World” by Hungarian Guyla Nemes, ”The Flower Bridge” by Thomas Ciulei and ”Testimony” by Razvan Georgescu, both of them from Romania. Not to forget a handful of very strong films that were pitched at earlier editions of the ZagrebDOX, see below.

Also there is a selection of music documentaries like ”Patti Smith – Dream of Life” by Steven Sebring and ”Roskilde” by Uilrik Wivel and a section dedicated to Happy Dox! And retrospectives with Israeli  documentaries, films by the director Jon Alpert and a variety of new and older Croatian short and long documentaries. Congratulations with this continuation of a succesful cultural effort.

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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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