Silver Eye Award 2021 for best feature documentary of the East Silver Market, given by the Institute of Documentary Film at Ji.hlava IDFF, went to Mara by Sasha Kulak. Orpheus by Vadim Kostrov got Special Mention. The winner of short documentary category is Sounds of Weariness by Taymour Boulos.
Silver Eye Award 2021 nominees – feature length documentaries:
Colors of Tobi (dir. Alexa Bakony, prod. Gábor Osváth, Ildikó Szűcs, Hungary, 2021, 81')
Disturbed Earth (dir. Kumjana Novakova, Guillermo Carreras-Candi, prod. Guillermo Carreras-Candi, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, 2021, 72')
F@ck This Job (dir. Vera Krichevskaya, prod. Mike Lerner, Vera Krichevskaya /Six Days Film/, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, 2021, 104')
Hippodrome (dir. Vladimir Loginov, prod. Elina Litvinova, Pille Rünk /Allfilm/, Estonia, 2021, 85')
Landscapes of Resistance (dir. Marta Popivoda, prod. Dragana Jovovic /THEORY AT WORK/, Jasmina Sijercic /Bocalupo Films/, Serbia, Germany, France, 2021, 95')
Lines (dir. Barbora Sliepková Barbara Janišová Feglová /HITCHHIKER Cinema/, Slovakia, 2021, 80')
Mara (dir. Sasha Kulak, prod. Louis Beaudemont /Les Steppes Productions/, France, 2021, 62')
Orpheus (dir. Vadim Kostrov, prod. Gleb Piryatinskiy /mal de mer films/, Russia, 2021, 116')
Roses. Film - Cabaret (dir. Irena Stetsenko, prod. Oleksandra Kravchenko, Oleg Sosnov, Ukraine, 2021, 80')
The Intensive Life Unit (dir. Adéla Komrzý, prod. Pavla Janoušková Kubečková /nutprodukce/, Czech Republic, 2021, 72')
Feature length documentaries jury:
Rebecca de Pas (Viennale, Visions du Réel programmer)
Maarten Stoltz (Movies That Matter programmer)
Cintia Gil (film curator)
Silver Eye Award 2021 nominees – short documentaries:
Dirndlschuld (dir. Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg, prod. Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg, Austria, 2021, 15')
Don’t Hesitate to Come for a Visit, Mom (dir. Anna Artemyeva, prod. Daphne Pascual, Russia, 2021, 12')
Dusk (dir. Bálint Bíró, prod. Bálint Bíró, Hungary, 2020, 21')
For Tomorrow Paradise Arrives (dir. Anna Hints, prod. Evelin Penttilä /Stellar Film/, Johanna Maria Paulson, Estonia, 2021, 28')
Children of the Dead (dir. Luay Albasha, prod. Luay Albasha, Dominik Barič, Spain, Czech Republic, 2021, 24')
I'm Here (dir. Julia Orlik, prod. Agata Golańska, Poland, 2021, 15')
Once Upon a Time in Israel (dir. Weronika Szyma, prod. Weronika Szyma, Poland, 2021, 11')
Solar Voyage (dir. Adam Zadlo, prod. Jerzy Kapuscinski & Ewa Jastrzebska /Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association/, Poland, 2021, 18')
Sounds of Weariness (dir. Taymour Boulos, prod. Taymour Boulos, Lebanon, Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, 2021, 13')
WE HAVE TO SURVIVE: Fukushima! (dir. & prod. Tomáš Krupa /HAILSTONE/, Slovakia, 2021, 13')
Short documentaries jury:
Marija Milovanović (Vienna Independent Shorts, Head of International Competition Fiction & Documentary)
Lenka Tyrpáková (Pragueshorts Film Festival, Programmer)
Emilia Mazik (Short Waves Festival, Festival Director)
The Silver Eye Award has been granted annually since 2009 to the best East and Central European documentary films. Since 2018 the award goes to the best short (up to 40 min) and feature documentary film (over 60 mins), selected from the nominated films, approx. 11 in each category. The aim of the award is to support directors with innovative approach, authors of films that create social impact, filmmakers, who has the courage to open discussion on serious topics, and creators offering unique point of view.
The final decisions are in the hands international juries of film industry professionals, who are picked up for their experience in documentary filmmaking.
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 2 500 €, a year-long festival service of the East Silver Caravan worth of additional 3 500 €.
The nominated films are selected by the IDF committee based on the submissions to the East Silver 2021.