The Silver Eye Award has been granted annually since 2009 to the best East and Central European documentary films in three categories: short, mid-length and feature documentary film with approx. 10 films in each category. The final decisions are in the hands international juries of film industry professionals, who are picked up for their experience in documentary filmmaking. In 2017 the Award was again announced at Ji.hlava IDFF.
Evaluation by the juries consisting of sales agents, distributors, alternative distribution channels, VoD and festival representatives brings a strategic advantage to all nominated films, gaining them an excellent opportunity to increase their chances of being distributed across various platforms. The winner in each category receives not only a unique award trophy, but also a prize money of 1500 € and a year-long festival service of the East Silver Caravan worth of additional 1 500 €.
Silver Eye Awards Winners 2017:
Best short documentary:
Dust (dir. Jakub Radej, Poland, 2017)
Best mid-length documentary:
Paper Stars (dir. Inna Omelchenko, Russia, 2016)
Best feature-length documentary:
Sand and Blood (dir. Matthias Krepp, Asutria, 2017)
The jurors were:
Holly Butcher (Sideways Films, UK)
Niklas Engstrøm (CPH:DOX, Denmark)
Maëlle Guenegues (Cat & Docs, France)
Kenan Aliyev (Current Time TV, USA)
Gaby Babić (Go East, Germany)
Gennady Kofman (Docu Days UA, Ukraine)
Christine Dollhofer (Crossing Europe, Austria)
Elena Subirà i Roca (Docs Barcelona, Spain)
Mladen Vušurović (Beldocs, Serbia)
To see all nominated films for 2017, click here.