The Best East/Central European Documentary 2018?

The IDF (Institute of Documentary Film) based in Prague hosts a yearly so-called Silver Eye Award that has been granted annually since 2009 to the best East and Central European documentary films in two categories: short and feature documentary film with approx. 11 films in each category. There are juries and the winners will be announced at the Ji.hlava festival and of this month: “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 €.”

With all respect to the short film genre, I will only mention the feature documentaries with links to the reviews written on this site:

Rodeo (dir. Raimo Jõerand, Kiur Aarma, Estonia, Finland, 2018) http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/3692/

Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob? (dir. Stefan Bohun, Austria, 2018)
Bruce Lee & the Outlaw (dir. Joost Vandebrug, Great Britain, Netherlands, Czech Republic, 2018)
Home Games (dir. Alisa Kovalenko, Ukraine, France, Poland, 2018)http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4258/

A Woman Captured (dir. Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Hungary, Germany, 2017) http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4093/

The Distant Barking of Dogs (dir. Simon Lereng Wilmont, Denmark, 2017) http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4268/

Chris the Swiss (dir. Anja Kofmel, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Finland, 2018) http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4313/

Solving My Mother (dir. Ieva Ozolina, Latvia, 2017)
Genesis 2.0  (dir. Christian Frei, Maxim Arbugaev, Switzerland, 2018)
No Obvious Signs (dir. Alina Gorlova, Ukraine, 2018) http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4256/

When the War Comes (dir. Jan Gebert, Czech Republic, Croatia, 2018)

https://dokweb.net/activities/east-silver/2018/silver-eye-award

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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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