For the 10th time the Institute of Documentary Film gives Silver Eye Award to the best documentaries at East Silver Market, devoted to Central and Eastern Europe. The winner of the Silver Eye Award in short length category was announced on October 28, 2018. The award went to Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova / Vosem kartin iz zhizni Nasti Sokolovoi (dir. Alina Kotova, Vladlena Sandu). Special Mention goes to Lembri Uudu (dir. Eeva Mägi). The winner in the feature length category will be announced during the closing ceremony of the 22nd Ji.hlava IDFF on October 29, 2018.
Silver Eye Award 2018 for the best short documentary
A strong reflection on current socioeconomic issues that derive from failed societies, this film falls on the border of contemporary art and cinema, giving us eight contrasting tableaux to tell the story of a generation. The Silver Eye Award 2018 for Best Short Documentary goes to Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova.
For managing to find a particular cinematic device to portray the past, as well as for its courageous approach that builds an almost physical experience of the transition that lingers as a ghost in the lives of people nowadays, the jury gives a special mention to Lembri Uudu.
10 films were nominated in the Short category, 11 films were nominated in the Feature length category. The winner in each category receives not only a unique award trophy, but also a prize money of 2 250 € and a year-long festival service of the East Silver Caravan worth of additional 2 250 €.
Short documentaries nominated for the Silver Eye Award 2018:
Sisters (dir. Michał Hytroś, Poland, 2018)
Hello, Horse! (dir. Laila Pakalnina, Latvia, 2017)
Talking Soil (dir. Jan Baumgartner, Švýcarsko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2018)
The Lion Tamers (dir. Marta Pulk, Estonia, 2017)
Eight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova (dir. Alina Kotova, Vladlena Sandu, Russia, 2017)
Film for Carlos (dir. Renato Borrayo Serrano, Guatemala, Russia, 2017)
Unconditional Love (dir. Rafał Łysak, Poland, 2018)
No! No! No! (dir. Mykola Ridnyi, Ukraine, 2017)
Lembri Uudu (dir. Eeva Mägi, Estonia, 2017)
Monologue (dir. Otto Lakoba, Russia, 2017)
Silver Eye 2018 short documentaries jury:
Philip Ilson (London Short Film Festival, Great Britain)
Stefan Ivančić (Locarno IFF, Croatia)
Silvia Angrisani (Aquatic Films, Great Britain)
Adele Kohout (DOKfest Munich, Germany)
Kumjana Novakova (Pravo Ljudski, Bosnia and Herzegovina)