Silver Eye Winners Announced in Jihlava

News taken from the website of the IDF (Institute of Documentary Films): For the sixth time at Jihlava International Film Festival, Institute of Documentary Film announced Silver Eye winners at the Closing Ceremony. The holders of the awards are three extraordinary documentaries from East Silver Market, selected in three categories, as well as three Special Mentions.

The aim of the Silver Eye award is to introduce the new talents to the international audience and to bring the attention of industry professionals to the new interesting films from Central and Eastern Europe, and to help the nominated films to find sales agents, broadcasters and festival releases. All Silver Eye winners receive the trophy designed by Czech artist Tereza Durdilova, as well as 1 500 EUR prize money. On top of that, the awarded films are about to enjoy the year-long distribution support within East Silver Caravan festival service, shipping them to more than 108 international film festivals.The awards are supported by MEDIA programme.

Silver Eye winners 2014:

Category: Short

Silver Eye Award:  The Visit (Matej Bobrik, Poland, 2013)

Special Mention: 1973 (r. Stefan Ivancic, Serbia, 2014)

Category: Mid-length

Silver Eye Award:  Blood (Alina Rudnitskaya, Russia, 2013)

Special Mention: Euromaidan. Rough Cut (Various Artists, Ukraine, 2014) (photo)

Category: Feature

Silver Eye: Toto and His Sisters (Alexander Nanau, Romania, 2014)

Special Mention: Gottland (Viera Čákanyová, Petr Hátle, Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská, Rozálie Kohoutová, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, 2014)

Jury statements:

Category: Short

A Special Mention is first given to a film whose beautiful cinematography poetically captures the essence of a community stuck in time, longing for an era that is long gone: 1973 by Stefan Ivancic.

The best documentary category is awarded to a film that succeeds in its form to parallel the emotions of its protagonists, and a film whose choreography touches delicately on a universal theme that relates to modern society: The Visit by Matej Bobrik.

Category: Mid-length

As jury members we think that this is important material to see. It’s a material that’s making the history of new countries. The special mention goes to Euromaidan: Rough Cut

This film ticked all the boxes. For us, it was topically, cinematically and from arts point of view the best film from all of the 11 nominated films. The Silver Eye Award goes to Blood by Alina Rudnitskaya.

Category: Feature

The jury unanimously decided to give a special mention to a film that impressed us for its daring approach to collective filmmaking where each director give to the film a singular vision that blends into one unique universe. The special mention goes to Gottland by Lukáš Kokeš, Petr Hátle, Rozálie Kohoutová and Viera Čákanyová.

The Silver Eye Award goes to a film that give a just portrait of the struggle of three children finding a secure place in a hostile environment. An unintrusive yet intimate eye on the daily life of the characters that builds a very compelling coming of age story. The Silver Eye Award goes to Toto and His Sisters by Alexander Nanau.

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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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