INDUSTRY / MARKET Czech Republic
by Vassilis Economou
– The call is open to creative documentaries from the CEE region that are either completed or in draft
Eastern Silver Market, the first documentary market to support producers and distributors in Central and Eastern Europe, has opened its call for applications for this year’s edition. Each year, around 150 films are included. The 19e edition of the East Silver Market will take place on 26e Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival from October 25 to 30, and submitted films are eligible for the Ji.hlava IDFF pre-selection.
The call is open to creative documentaries from the Central and Eastern European region, tackling contemporary topics, challenging genre and media boundaries and rethinking audience participation. The market welcomes films that aim to deliver intense and engaging experiences and change the way we think about current issues, audiences, ways of telling stories and the world itself. The call is open to completed documentaries produced/co-produced in the CEE region in 2021 and 2022, as well as first cuts. Only films that have not yet been submitted to the East Silver Market are eligible.
In terms of deadlines, the teams behind the films produced in 2021 and 2022 can apply until May 31, while those behind the projects in the editing stage can do so until July 31. More details and the application form can be found here.
The East Silver Market is dedicated solely to documentary cinema from Central and Eastern Europe. The main objective of the market is to support the distribution and promotion of documentary films from the region. Participating teams have the chance to connect with key industry professionals during the Ji.hlava IDFF, while the Eastern Silver Caravan festival service draws the attention of international audiences to the most interesting films. All selected films are part of an online catalog of East Silver documentary films and are automatically considered for the shortlist of the Ji.hlava IDFF program.
Among the successful titles that have already participated in the East Silver Market are films such as Mallory by Helena Trestikova, A new shift [+see also:
film profile] by Jindrich Andrs, Home games [+see also:
film profile] by Alisa Kovalenko, The good death [+see also:
interview: Tomáš Krupa
film profile] by Tomas Krupa, Cinema, My Love [+see also:
interview: Alexandru Belc
film profile] by Alexandre Belc and intensive living unit [+see also:
film profile] by Adela Komrzy.
East Silver Market is organized by the Documentary Film Institute.
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