Cinema Eye Nominations Announced

It’s a rather complicated nomination system that the Cinema Eye works with, but the people involved (taken from the website that explains all in details, link below) are all names that guarantee for quality. But what is Cinema Eye:

The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking were founded in late 2007 to recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film.  Cinema Eye’s mission is to advocate for, recognize and promote the highest commitment to rigor and artistry in the nonfiction field.”

There are nominations in a wide range of categories, from Best Film, of course, to Graphic Design to Original Score – and there are awards to be given (this all happen in January) to Production and Editing and Cinematography.

So, which films are nominated… well “The Act of Killing” is nominated in 5 categories, including Best film and Direction. In both cases it has strong competition from (other) masterpieces like “Stories We Tell” and “Leviathan”. In the direction category (but not in Best Film, why not?) you also find “First Cousin Once Removed”, which is also up for, and must be the favourite of that category, Best Editing.

5 films in each category, and there are several that I have not seen, and there are several that could have been there but did not live up to the regulations. So the following personal choices are with all kind of reservations, Best Film “Stories We Tell” or “The Act of Killing”, Best Direction “First Cousin Once Removed”, Best Production “The Act of Killing”, Best Cinematography “Leviathan”, Best Ediitng “First Cousin Once Removed” (photo)…

Anyway, this is a good initiative that celebrates the documentary genre.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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