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. In 2020, the Award will be announced during the online edition of 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 2 500 €, a year-long festival service of the East Silver Caravan worth of additional 2 500 €.
The nominated films are selected by the IDF committee based on the submissions to the East Silver 2021.