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EDN Congratulates! Recognitions for Three EDN Forum & Workshop Projects


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 that a number of EDN forum and workshop projects won awards, received funding or are about to celebrate their premieres at renowned A-List festivals.

Still from The Other Side of the Wall
by Pau Ortiz, Bambú Audiovisual, Mexico

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, won awards or attracted development funding; the projects previously participated in the EDN initiatives Docs in Thessaloniki, Lisbon Docs and the EDN Online Pitching Session: Women in Opposition.

The Other Side of the Wall | Hot Docs: Best International Feature Documentary Award

Participated in: EDN Pitching Forum Docs in Thessaloniki (as 'Outside of Prison')

D: Pau Ortiz | P: María Nova López, Emiliano Altuna, Tatiana García, Carlos Rossini | Bambú Audiovisual (Mexico)

Synopsis: When their mother is sentenced to 10 years in a Mexican prison on questionable charges, teenagers Rocío and Ale are left with no choice but to play the role of both mother and father to their two younger siblings. As Honduran immigrants living in Mexico, they lack work papers, making opportunities for employment scarce. While the oldest, Ale, tries his best to make rational decisions for the good of the family, the pressure mounts. Finances are tight, his girlfriend is expecting and his sister Rocío is testing her teenage boundaries, wanting less responsibility and more freedom. Fearing she may get herself into trouble, Ale clamps down and tensions between them escalate. As apprehensions about the future intensify, Ale must make the difficult decision between keeping the family together in Mexico or breaking them apart to cross the US border for work.

Mr. Gay Syria | World Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Participated in: EDN Pitching Forum Lisbon Docs

D: Ayse Toprak | P: Ekin Çalisir, Antoine Simkine, Christine Kiauk | Syria/Turkey

Synopsis: Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria's LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?

Off Side in Khartoum | Selected for support through Sørfond Film Fund

Participated in: EDN Online Pitching Session: Women in Opposition (as 'Off Khartoum Sides')

D: Marwa Zein | P: Marwa Zein | Sudan

Synopsis: 'Off Side in Khartoum' reveals the complicated situation in Sudan and it's multi-layer depth; where the social, political and economic situation even affects Football! What are the limits after separation in Sudan? How could Sara, the captain of the football team, survive with her Southern/Northerner family? Can Henda continue her struggle even without a job? As she’s coming from Darfur with no education, Gadal is working in two jobs just to be able to play football. It’s the story of three young women who have been playing football (soccer) in Khartoum for years. And it's a story about the obstacles they overcome in their daily lives. Football is the gathering point for those young women.

In addition to the above featured EDN workshop projects that gained recognition through various events and initiatives, we decided to also spread the word about the world premiere of the film Becoming Cary Grant produced by EDN member Christian Popp (Yuzu Productions). We would like to stress that this project has previously not participated in EDN initiatives.

Becoming Cary Grant | World Premiere at Festival de Cannes

D: Mark Kidel | P: Christian Popp, Nick Ware | YUZU Productions (France)

Synopsis: Cary Grant, one of Hollywood's greatest stars, was troubled most of his life with self-doubt and insecurity due to childhood trauma. In his fifties he began a long course of treatment, taking LSD to exorcise his demons. Using words from his unpublished autobiography, and newly-discovered personal footage he shot with a film-maker's eye, Cary Grant explores his long journey from childhood poverty to global fame, and from darkness out into the light. In this film we discover for the first time a different Cary Grant, the man behind the mask of subtle charm and suave sophistication that he wore to hide his insecurities. This is a story of a man in search of himself, on a quest to find the love that eluded him most of his life.


The EDN team would like to congratulate the above mentioned project teams on their success and recognition of their work.


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