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EDN Congratulates! Three EDN Forum & Workshop Projects Featured at Renowned Festivals


EDN congratulates! is a series of news stories where we congratulate documentary teams from EDN workshops when they have achieved great results. In this edition of EDN congratulates! we are proud to announce three projects featured at Hot Docs, Sundance and Krakow International Film Festival.

Still from The Islands and the Whales
by Mike Day, Inteprid Cinema, Scotland

Keeping track of how projects and finished films are doing is of great importance not only to filmmakers but also to the European Documentary Network, especially when projects have been developed or pitched at EDN forums and workshops. Therefore we are proud to announce three films that succesfully found their way into the festival circuit; the projects previously participated in the EDN initiatives Twelve for the Future, Crossing Borders and Docs in Thessaloniki.

The Islands and the Whales | Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs


Participated in: EDN Co-production Workshop Twelve for the Future

Director & Producer: Mike Day | Inteprid Cinema, Scotland

Synopsis: In the remote Faroe Islands, inhabitants have hunted seabirds and pilot whales for millennia. An isolated culture based on food and folklore, the Faroese built their traditions around survival. "In the past, nature was giant and humans tiny ... and now it's the other way around." Soaring aerial cinematography shows a community, historically dependent upon and devoted to nature, losing connection with the natural world. Native sea birds are disappearing and a local doctor discovers that marine pollution is making the whale meat toxic. Suddenly, their ancient way of life may have an expiry date. A surprise visit from celebrity animal rights activist Pamela Anderson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society injects a perceived cultural imperialism and ignorance into an already complex debate involving health, identity, environment, and human and animal welfare issues. The Islands and the Whales takes a stimulating sideways approach to the loss of environment and traditional beliefs.

Who's Gonna Love Me Now? | Premiere at Krakow International Film Festival


Participated in: EDN Pitching Forum Docs in Thessaloniki

Directors & Producers: Tomer Heymann, Barak Heymann, Heymann Brothers Films, Israel. Co-directed by A. Bodin

Synopsis: Synopsis: Saar is an HIV positive gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz where he grew up in Israel. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Saar has craved his family's love, while they struggle with fears and prejudices. Saar and the rest of the London Gay Men's Chorus provide a glorious soundtrack for this documentary about the power of forgiveness and the power that home has, no matter how far we go.

The Lovers and the Despot | Selected for World Cinema Documentary Competition, Sundance Film Festival


Participated in: EDN Workshop Crossing Borders

Directors: Rob Cannan & Ross Adam | Producer: Natasha Dack , Tigerlily Films Ltd., United Kingdom

Synopsis: They were the Brangelina of ’70s South Korea—the romance between the debonair film director Shin Sang-ok and glamorous actress Choi Eun-hee took them to the heights of South Korean society. Fame took a toll on their love, but it also attracted unbelievable twists of fate. The two find themselves kidnapped by the North Korean regime, and they are forced to play along with a bizarre filmmaking project led by superfan cinephile Kim Jong-il. Enduring torture, imprisonment, and surveillance, their romance is rekindled, and they realize escape is only possible through filmmaking—but the smallest mistake in their plans could cost them their lives.

The EDN team would like to congratulate the selected project teams on their representation at Hot Docs, Sundance and Krakow International Film Festival.

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