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.
Rebecca De Pas (Visions du Réel), Maarten Stoltz (Movies That Matter) and Cintia Gil (film curator) have decided about the winner in a feature length category: „The jury has unanimously decided to award a film that elaborates Mythology to confront an urgent political context with bravery unifying the fight for freedom and the constitution of beauty. The Silver Eye Award for feature length documentary film goes to Mara by Sasha Kulak.“
The jurors have decided to give the Special Mention to Orpheus by Vadim Kostrov for seeing the risk of experiencing with life and filmmaking in modern Russia.
Marija Milovanović (Vienna Independent Shorts), Lenka Tyrpáková (Pragueshorts Film Festival) and Emilia Mazik (Short Waves Festival) explained their choice in short category: "We’re awarding the film that reminds us of the importance of having public spaces, which serve as a meeting hub for human interaction where you can share your own experiences and ideas with others. An intimate and personal reflection is told in a subtle way, adding to the contemporary discussion about migration and mental health issues. The winning film's aesthetic of using a floating camera helps to create an overall outstanding audiovisual piece. Without further ado, the Silver Eye Award for Best Short Documentary Film goes to Sounds of Weariness by Taymour Boulos."
The winner in each category received not only a unique award designed by Zdeněk Durdil, but also a prize money of 2 500 €, and along with the winner of Special Mention also a year-long festival service of the East Silver Caravan worth of additional 3 500 €.
See the list of nominated films
You can watch the awarded films at the East Silver Market Video Library until October 31