Apply to the East Silver Market 2022!

26. 4. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

Submit your films produced in 2021 and 2022, as well as rough cuts, to the East Silver Market 2022, organized by the Institute of Documentary Film. The East Silver is the first documentary market supporting producers and distributors from Central and Eastern Europe. Each year, about 150 films are included in the market. The 19th edition of the East Silver Market will take place at the 26th Ji.hlava IDFF on October 25-30, 2022. Submitted films are eligible for the Ji.hlava IDFF preselection and can be nominated for the Silver Eye Award.

The call is open to creative documentaries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe, tackling contemporary topics, challenging genre and media boundaries and audience participation. We welcome films that set out to conduct intense and engaged experiences and to change the way we think about topical issues, audiences, ways of storytelling and the world itself. This call is open for completed documentaries produced/co-produced in the region of Central and Eastern Europe (please see the list of eligible countries). Only films that have not been previously submitted to the East Silver market are eligible.

Application deadlines:
Films produced in 2021 and 2022: May 31, 2022
Projects in rough cut stage: July 31, 2022

Submit your documentary via our online ENTRY FORM (free of charge)

The East Silver Market is a unique film market dedicated solely to the documentary cinema of Central and Eastern Europe. The main aim of the market is to support distribution and promotion of documentary films from this region (please see the list of the East Silver eligible countries).

Make use of the renowned East Silver Market and come in contact with key industry professionals during the Ji.hlava IDFF. The East Silver Caravan festival service brings the most interesting films to the attention of international audiences.

The key activity of the East Silver project is the East Silver Market, which takes place within the Jihlava IDFF, but is open for submissions throughout the whole year, especially if you would like to join its festival service East Silver Caravan. All selected films become part of an online catalogue of documentary films East Silver, and are automatically valid for the Jihlava IDFF programme pre-selection.

Picking the nominees from 2022 East Silver Market submissions, the East Silver international jury (comprising of international buyers, sales agents and festival selectors) awards the best documentary films with the Silver Eye Award in two main categories (short and feature length documentary). 

Online screeners (Vimeo, YouTube etc.), which must be available until Sep 30, 2022, are accepted. In case you didn’t include online link to your film in the submission form, please send 2 DVD screeners with English subtitles / English voiceover, with trailer and any additional press and promo materials (if available) to: Institute of Documentary Film / East Silver, Stepanska 14, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic

Among the successful titles of the East Silver are films such as Mallory (dir. Helena Třeštíková), A New Shift (dir. Jindřich Andrš), Home Games (dir. Alisa Kovalenko), A Good Death (dir. Tomáš Krupa), Cinema, Mon Amour (dir. Alexandru Belc) and The Intensive Life Unit (dir. Adéla Komrzý).

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