Silver Eye Award 2022 goes to Love Is Not an Orange and Avitaminosis

29. 10. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

The Silver Eye Award for the best film of the East Silver Market at Ji.hlava IDFF was given in the feature category to Love Is Not an Orange by Otilia Babara and in the short category to Avitaminosis by Kateryna Ruzhyna. The feature Special Mention goes to Plai. A Mountain Path by Eva Dzhyshyashvili. The winning films received a trophy by Zdeněk Durdil, a prize money of 2500 € and a year-long festival service of the East Silver Caravan worth an additional 3500 €.

The Silver Eye Award for the best feature film was given at the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, October 29, to Otilia Babara's Love is Not and Orange. The Special Mention went to Plai. A Mountain Path by Eva Dzhyshyashvili. The jury - Kathleen McInnis, Radu Sticlea and Christopher Small - stated: "Two films very different in approach. We see the sacrifice of mothers becoming martyrs; saviours of family and country, and the passing of generational trauma. These films each speak through the child’s gaze: one unfolding from a more formal approach to the present day, the other drawing on the archived past of both family memories and national collective history. We are awarding a Special Mention to Plai. A Mountain Path from filmmaker Eva Dzhyshyashvili. The Silver Eye Award goes to Love is Not an Orange by Otilia Babara."

The Institue of Documentary Film has given the Silver Eye Award 2022 for the best short film of the East Silver Market to Avitaminosis, directed by Kateryna Ruzhyna, during the Industry Awards Ceremony at the Industry Hub on Friday, October 28. The jury, composed of María Vera, Anna Feistel and Mathieu Janssen, stated: "The film allows us access to a personal, complex and multi-layered context where we find the protagonist in a state of inevitable insecurity. In an open and sincere way, the director navigates through her life, playing with contemporary aesthetics, using performative modes of self-representation and at the same time painting a broader picture of societies precarity and uncertainty especially for young generations. The Silver Eye Award 2022 goes to the bold and tender film Avitaminosis by Kateryna Ruzhyna."

The winning films received a trophy by Zdeněk Durdil, a prize money of 2500 € and a year-long festival service of the East Silver Caravan worth an additional 3500 €.

Silver Eye Award 2022 nominees – feature length documentaries:
5 Dreamers and a Horse (dir. Aren Malakyan, Vahagn Khachatryan, prod. Vahagn Khachatryan, co-prod. Eva Blondiau, Armenia, Germany, Switzerland, 82', 2022)
Belarus 23.34 (dir. & prod. Tatsiana Svirepa, Belarus, Ukraine, Belgium, Poland, 65', 2022)
Burial (dir. Emilija Skarnulyte, prod. Dagne Vildziunaite, co-prod. Elisa Fernanda, Pirir Ruiz, Lithuania, Norway, 60', 2022)
Love is Not an Orange (dir. Otilia Babara, prod. Hanne Phlypo, Jet Koomen, co-prod. Christine Camdessus, Moldova, France, Netherlands, Belgium, 75', 2022)
Magic Mountain (dir. Mariam Chachia, Nik Voigt, prod. Mariam Chachia, Georgia, 85', 2022)
Plai. A Mountain Path (dir. Eva Dzhyshyashvili, prod. Natalia Libet, Oksana Ivanyuk, Ukraine, 75', 2021)
The Cathedral (dir. Denis Dobrovoda, prod. Matthew Bremner, Slovakia, 87', 2022)
The Hamlet Syndrome (dir. Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski, prod. Magda Kaminska, Matthias Miegel, Poland, Germany, 85', 2022)
Whose Dog Am I? (dir. Robert Lakatos, prod. Rita Balogh, Ada Solomon, Hungary, Romania, 80', 2022)
Yoyogi (dir. Max Golomidov, prod. Volia Chajkouskaya, Ivo Felt, Yu Nakajima, Estonia, Belarus, Japan, 73', 2022)

Feature length documentaries jury:
Kathleen McInnis (Film Marketing Strategist, Programmer, See-Through Films)
Christopher Small (Curator, Dafilms)
Radu Sticlea (Festival Director, Beast Film Festival)

Silver Eye Award 2022 nominees – short documentaries:
After Betelgeuse
 (dir. Len Murusalu, prod. Tauno Novek, co-prod. Len Murusalu, Estonia, Latvia, 19', 2022)
Aralkum (dir. Daniel Asadi Faezi, Mila Zhluktenko, prod. Mila Zhluktenko, Fozil Yunusov, Daniel Asadi Faezi, Uzbekistan, Germany, 14', 2022)
Avitaminosis (dir. & prod. Kateryna Ruzhyna, Ukraine, Czech Republic, 28', 2022)
Babajanja (dir. Ante Zlatko Stolica, Croatia, 14', 2022)
CALLS (dir. Ming-Wei Chiang, prod. Krzysztof Brzezowski, Poland, 18', 2022)
May the Earth Become the Sky (dir. & prod. Ana Vijdea, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium, Romania, 15', 2022)
Moody (dir. Karolina Karwan, Tomasz Ratter, prod. Ewa Jastrzebska, Poland, 30', 2022)
Mother's Milk (dir. Isaac Knights-Washbourn, prod. Dejan Petrović, Nađa Lapčević, Serbia, 18', 2022)
Papagalo, What's the Time? (dir. & prod. Ingel Vaikla, Estonia, Belgium, 7', 2022)
Strigov (dir. & prod. Barbora Berezňáková, Slovakia, 7', 2022)

Short documentaries jury:
Mathieu Janssen (Head of Competitions, Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen)
Anna Feistel (Programmer, Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg)
María Vera (Festival Distributor and Sales Agent, Kino Rebelde)

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