Magazine article Screen International

UK, Belarus, Ukraine Projects Win at Prague's East Doc Platform

Magazine article Screen International

UK, Belarus, Ukraine Projects Win at Prague's East Doc Platform

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Main prize goes to Estonian Marianna Kaat’s The Last Relic.

Tribeca Film Institute’s Amy Hobby (left) with the team of ‘blackandwhite’

Projects from the UK, Belarus and Ukraine are among the winners at this year’s East Doc Platform (EDP), the largest co-production, funding and distribution platform specialised in Central and East European documentaries.

London-based filmmaker Zoe Aiano’s short Blackandwhite, about a nurse during the Second World War in Czechoslovakia, was the winner of a new short-form documentary pitching competition developed with the Tribeca Film Institute’s IF/Then initiative and the One World International Human Rights Film Festival.

Aiano’s 15-minute short received up to $20,000 in production support as well as ongoing mentorship and participation in a year-long distribution initiative by the Tribeca Film Institute (TBI).

TBI’s Executive Director Amy Hobby was joined by an international jury including IDFA senior programmer Martijn de Pas and UK filmmaker Kim Longinotto.

East Doc Platform awards

The [Euro]7,500 East Doc Platform Award went to Estonian filmmaker Marianna Kaat’s The Last Relic, about a 21-year-old student from Yekaterinburg State University trying to find common ground with political activists and opposition groups.

Polish filmmaker Hanna Polak’s latest documentary project Angels of Sinjar, Yazidis - 21st Century Genocide picked up both the [Euro]2,000 HBO Development Award and the [Euro]5,800 Czech TV Co-production Award. …

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