EDN is once again honouring an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture with TheEDN Award. This year the award is presented to Nenad Puhovski and ZagrebDox.
ZagrebDox is a documentary event initiated by Nenad Puhovski, consisting of a weeklong festival and a financing forum entitled ZagrebDox Pro. Within the five years ZagrebDox has existed, it has reached an amazing audience number of 21.000 and spawned a strong financing forum. At the forum, new documentary projects from the region are pitched to a panel of international financiers. Among the documentaries coming from the ZagrebDox Pro financing forum are Corridor #8, The Caviar Connection and Cash & Marry, which have all circulated international festivals with big success.
Besides giving filmmakers access to present their projects to potential financiers, ZagrebDox Pro has also accomplished to gather public broadcasters from the region, and created a platform for collaboration in an area which for a long time mostly has been known for conflicts.
EDN Director Line Sandsmark states the following motivation for presenting The EDN Award to Nenad Puhovski and ZagrebDox:
'What Nenad Puhovski has accomplished within the five years of ZagrebDox is quite amazing and a point of inspiration for all of us working with documentaries. Not only has he brought international film to Zagreb, he has also managed to bring documentaries from the region to an international audience through the ZagrebDox Pro financing forum. Taking into consideration that all this has been accomplished in a region which has been through struggles and internal battles, makes the achievements by Nenad Puhovski and ZagrebDox all the more admirable. For EDN it was an obvious choice for the 2009 EDN Award.'
Read more about the 2009 EDN Award.