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EDN members awarded and honoured


It is time for a look at EDN members, who have been awarded and honoured lately. Robin Hessman was awarded at Full Frame, Peter Gerard got a Scottish BAFTA and Joonas Berghäll’s latest film wins at Tampere and is released in cinemas. Congratulations to all three!

Steam of Life

Robin Hessman sees the full frame of perestroika

The American based Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced their festival winners this weekend. Among the winners was Robin Hessman, who received a Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award for her film My Perestroika. This award honors a documentary artist whose work is a potential catalyst for education and change.

My Perestroika was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will also be screened at the leading Canadian documentary festival Hot Docs.

In the film Hessman follows five ordinary Russians living in extraordinary times; from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, to the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, these childhood classmates paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain.

Go to the My Perestroika web site


Peter Gerard gets a Fistful of Roses

Peter Gerard from Accidental Media was invited to the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards with three nominations and took home the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award for Best Factual with the film Fistful of Roses.

Directed by Leo Bruges and produced/edited by Peter Gerard, Fistful of Roses is a dark portrait of Edinburgh's last Scottish rose-seller who works the streets on weekend nights.

Read more about Fistful of Roses


Joonas Berghäll is hot in Finland

Finnish EDN member Joonas Berghäll’s lastest documentary film Steam of Life is being released in Finnish cinemas this month. The film that captures the soul of Finnish men, filmed in different saunas across Finland, was recently awarded the Risto Jarva Prize and the Audience Award at the Tampere Film Festival.

Film Transit is handling the worldwide sales of the film and recently inked a sales deal with ARTE, who will broadcast Steam of Life in Germany and France.

Take a look at the beautiful Steam of Life trailer here

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