The deadline for projects at rough cut stage for the East Silver Market 2020 is July 31, 2020. The call is open for creative documentaries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Application is free of charge.
East Silver is the first documentary market which supports producers and distributors from Central and East Europe. Each year, about 300 films from more than 29 countries are included in the market. The 17th edition of the East Silver Market takes place at the 24rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, October 27 – November 1 2020, Czech Republic.
At the recent online Sunny Side of the Doc, the East Doc Market Award (offered by the Institute of Documentary Film, IDF) was given to the project Pure Unknown by Valentina Cicogna and Mattia Colombo. The award guarantees the project will be part of East Doc Market at East Doc Platform 2021. Pure Unknown also received the DAE Talent Encouragement Award. Roma (working title), the winning Ex-Oriente Film workshop project at East Doc Platform 2020, got two awards.
A statement from IDF reads: “We would like to support a project that is looking at our society from an unexpected angle: through the crusade of one woman, a respected Italian forensic scientist, who would like to find answers to the most basic question: who are all those people who are currently unidentified, unknown bodies in city morgues? And more importantly, why don’t the authorities care about them?”
IDF also notes the East Silver Caravan films that are selected for upcoming international festivals.
These are The Good Death (dir. Tomáš Krupa, 2018, CZ, SK, AT, FR) which is nominated for the Best Feature Film at British Independent Film Festival. The film was part of Liberation Docfest Bangladesh and will be screened out of competition at AFO (Academia Film Olomouc) in September 2020.
How Big is the Galaxy? (dir. Ksenia Elyan, ES, RU, 2018) will be part of Ojo de Pesacod film festival in Chile (August 29 – September 6). In the film, Zakhar lives among the vast Arctic spaces of Siberia, 100 miles away from human dwellings. He is 7-years-old, but he has his own reindeer and tundra for pasture. One day his nomad family is joined by a teacher, sent by the authorities to explain to the kids why they need math and Putin.
Kiruna – A Brand New World (dir. Greta Stocklassa, CZ, 2019) will have the Asian premiere at Seoul Eco Film Festival in July 2020. Located way above the polar circle, the Swedish mining town Kiruna was built on a great iron ore deposit, and created a significant income for the Swedish government. However, due to the mining the city has started to collapse and in order to save the industry, the city council together with the mining company LKAB have decided to move the town and its citizens 3 kilometres to the east.