STEPdoc 2010 Mobility Grant awarded to Film Director Tudor Botezatu

15th December 2010

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STEPdoc - a Ratiu Foundation mobility grant of £1,500 for emerging Romanian documentary film-makers

The Ratiu Foundation is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2010 session of the STEPdoc programme is Tudor Botezatu, with a project exploring the value and fascination of gold. Versiunea in limba romana a acestui text o gasiti aici. Tudor Botezatu will travel to London as the STEPdoc winner in 2011, with the aim of researching his film and developing his directorial skills in the creative, vibrant atmosphere of the British documentary film scene. Tudor's project on gold aims to present this emblematic metal and its meanings for various social or professional classes. The film's subject becomes very actual, by inviting various personalities and “authorities” to talk about gold, stressing society's obsession with “bling” and opulence, and the mad rush to acquire the values represented by gold: richness, power, craft, and style. Tudor Botezatu is a senior student at the National Theatre and Film University in Bucharest, and is already active on the film scene with – among others – a video for a Romanian rock band, a documentary on Romanian slang, and a spoof commercial which has become a YouTube hit with more than 500,000 views. The Foundation's decision to award the STEPdoc mobility grant to Tudor Botezatu was inspired by his fresh, accessible and ironic style grounded as it is on serious underlying motives, and by the fact that we consider Tudor to be a talent worth encouraging and worth watching develop in the future. STEPdoc mobility grant is a Ratiu Foundation programme which aims to help reinvigorate Romanian documentary film, stimulating artistic innovation. STEPdoc consists of one mobility grant per year, with a value of £1,500, which allows a Romanian film maker at an early stage of his or her career one month of immersion in the UK documentary culture. The STEPdoc mobility grant is to be used for the individual research of a specific project set in the UK and / or for networking with a UK-based company with a view to developing a common film project. The previous awardees, from the establishment of the grant in 2007, are: Adina Pintilie and Corina Radu (2007), Matei Alexandru Mocanu (2008), and Miruna Boruzescu (2009). The next session of applications will be announced in the spring of 2011. For any further information about the STEPdoc mobility grant, please contact: Ramona Mitrica Director, Ratiu Foundation e-mail: . Illustration above based on a poster promoting books by Alexander Rodchenko (USSR 1925).