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East Doc Platform



March 8 | 15:00 – 16:30 |CASE STUDY: The Boy Who Was a King (2011) and Balkan Melodie (2012)|
The story of Bulgarian-German co-production introduced by Martichka Bozhilova (BG), Andrea Hock (A) and Ann Carolin Renninger (D).
Open for: All types of EDP & One World accreditations
Where: Archa Palace, Battery Hall



These two films will be discussed in this Case Study:


The Boy Who Was a King

Director: Paounov Andrey
Production company: Agitprop Ltd., Zero One Film GmbH, BR - Bayerischer Rundfunk, Channel 4, TSR - Télévision Suisse Romande, YLE - Finnish Broadcasting Company
Sales: Andrea Hock

The Boy Who Was a King , Bulgaria, Germany, 2011, 90 min, HD, Creative, History, Politics, Portrait

A story of one of the most fascinating monarch figures in contemporary history - Simeon II of Bulgaria, cousin to the House of Windsor and a descendant of William the Conqueror. From his adventurous life as an exiled boy king who became a symbol of hope for a small European country, to his glorious return as a Prime Minister of Bulgaria after half a century of Communist dictatorship. This "happy-end" Balkan version of Princess Anastasia’s story will tell the real life fairy-tale of one of the greatest experiments of democracy today. The film tells its story through the people - by discussing a single contemporary historical figure, they tell us about themselves, their dreams and hopes, the dreams of a whole generation. It is a film about hope, faith, myths, reality, history, social anthropology and the long journey of democracy back home in Eastern Europe.


Balkan Melodie

Production company: Maximage GmbH, Zero One Film GmbH, Agitprop Ltd., SRF - Schweizer Fernsehen, SRG SSR idée suisse - Swiss Broadcasting Corporation

Balkan Melodie , Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland, 2012, 92 min, DCP

Over 50 years ago Marcel and Catherine Cellier travelled for the first time behind the Iron Curtain, where they collected the best music in Eastern Europe for years. Marcel Cellier assisted the Rumanian pan flute virtuoso Gheorghe Zamfir and the legendary Bulgarian female vocal choir “Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares” in achieving world fame. The film traces the Celliers’ footsteps in Eastern Europe to meet up again with the protagonists from that time – and to discover new musical treasures.




The following East Doc Platform guests will hold the Case Study and disclose the reality behind the two documentaries:


Bozhilova Martichka

Martichka Bozhilova
occupation: Journalist, Producer
country: Bulgaria
company: Agitprop Ltd.
Martichka Bozhilova is producer of AGITPROP since 1999. Her films include the internationally awarded Georgi and the Butterflies, The Mosquito Problem and other stories, and Corridor #8, as well as See You at the Eiffel Tower which premiered at IDFA 2008. She is also one of the producers of the first BG film omnibus 15 and producer of the first original Bulgarian productions for HBO, Paradise Hotel and Concrete Pharaohs. In 2006 she received the International Trailblazer Award, launched by Robert Redford and Sundance Channel at MIPDOC in Cannes. Director of Balkan Documentary Center (BDC) for supporting documentary filmmakers from the Balkans. Lecturer at various European workshops and events in the field of documentary cinema. Ambassador of the European Documentary Network (EDN) to Bulgaria.




Hock Andrea

Andrea Hock
occupation: Sales Representative, Streaming
country: Austria
company: Autlook Films
Andrea studied economics in Vienna, London and Paris and holds a Master's Degree in Marketing & Sales. She worked in several marketing agencies in Austria and in the Public Relations department at the Cultural Secretary in Oaxaca / Mexico, before joining the Autlook team as a Festival Manager. Since 2009 Andrea is in charge of worldwide TV Sales at Autlook. In her position she attends all important TV markets, festivals and pitching forums. She‘s a EURODOC 2010 graduate.



Renninger Ann Carolin

Ann Carolin Renninger
occupation: Producer
country: Germany
company: Zero One Film GmbH
Ann Carolin Renninger studied cultural science, philosophy and journalism at the University of Leipzig, Strasbourg and Paris. 2006 - 2008 Head of DOK Industry for DOK Leipzig FF. In charge of the International Co-production Meetings and the annual film market. Since 2008 works as a producer for zero one film, Berlin, and started her own company joon film in 2010. With joon film she focuses on artistic and experimental films, both shorts and feature length. joon film recently produced the feature-length documentary "Of the Salamander’s Espousal with the Green Snake" (dir. René Frölke) that won the ARTE Award for best documentary at the Duisburger Film Festival. The short documentary "Guided Tour" (dir. René Frölke) was shown at Berlinale 2011 and at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Currently developing and producing several documentary projects for zero one film and joon film, including "No Peace without War" by Lorenzo Castore and Adam Cohen together with faber film (Italy) and co-developing the feature-length documentary on the Romanian writer Norman Manea "The Hoologan's Kaleidoskope" (WT) by Paolo Benzi. "Marcel Cellier. Music behind the Iron Curtain" by Stefan Schwietert, "Miles & War" by Anne Thoma, "The Erwitt Film" by Zak Powers.