“Written on the occasion of EDN’s 10th Anniversary”.
So far, so good. The EDN model that we developed for events like this in Southern Europe proved again that it works. Yes, our ideas in 1996 of building up some promotional activities for the development of the documentary sector in the Southern and later in the Eastern part of Europe have brought professionals together and brought forward new people who have ideas for documentaries. So far, so good. All in all I think that EDN and the pan-European training programmes like Eurodoc, EAVE, Ex Oriente and Discovery Campus have done well in the cross-border professionalisation of the sector. Matchmaking has happened, networking takes place, a strong small family works for the good of the documentary in times when the genre has never had a better image and where the aesthetic development, the film language also has developed. So far, so good.
But now that a young, strong generation of professionals from most of the European countries are able to move around, know how to pitch, know each other, do co-productions – and meet in nice places like the Sunny Side of the Doc and IDFA – there is more than a worry to be attached to the way that public television is going in Europe. The competitive atmosphere of the commercial channels, the hunting for ratings, the strong and constant formatting of slots, the commercial breaks, the same money to be spent to fill more and more slots… and first of all the domesticity of programming that has made many people give up on TV in general… where does that take us, where does that take EDN?
Back in 1996 when Anita Reher and I were employed and started to work in Skindergade in Copenhagen with PeÅ Holmquist as our first chairperson, I am not so sure that strategies were formulated. The joy of building up EDN to what it is today was closely linked to the ambition that this association was to be what the members wanted it to be. Therefore the workshops, therefore the individual consultations and the general advice to the members, therefore the continuation of an independent DOX and a TV Guide, therefore the South and the East European efforts, therefore the close and good relationship with the MEDIA Programme administration.
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