ZagrebDox Pro wrapped March 24 2020 with the announcement of four key awards.
The Hungarian project Queen of Chess by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter won the HBO Europe Award, which includes €2000 for development.
The Al Jazeera Balkans Award (€1000 for project development) went to The Other Side of the Pipe by Marko Kumer Murč from Slovenia.
Ever Since I Know Myself by Maka Gogaladze from Georgia received the ZagrebDox Pro Online Mentor Award, consisting of one year of online mentoring by international doc guru Cecilia Lidin.
Forbidden by Anelise Salan from Romania picked up the DAE Mentoring Pitch Award, which includes free DAE membership for the director and producer as well as mentoring sessions.
The 16th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox, set to take place 15-22 March, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at which point the festival’s training programme ZagrebDox Pro was moved online.
During the four-day preparatory workshop, led by mentors Leena Pasanen and Stefano Tealdi, the directors and producers of 12 selected projects from 11 countries worked via video conferencing platform on developing the projects for the final pitch session on Monday 23 March.
ZagrebDox director Nenad Puhovski commented: “Necessity is the mother of invention, says an old English proverb. Since ZagrebDox is one of the rare festivals that started with a training programme since its first edition, it is no wonder that our great Pro team needed less than a week to create an online version that enabled all the participants to have a collective, live and interactive experience, but also to stay in the safety of their homes. I am very proud that it was a real success!”