History

Pavel Koutecký Award was founded in 2007 as an award given to the most original Czech documentary film of the year. The award formed the foundations of the International Documentary Film Festival ELBE DOCK that was established in 2018 in Ústí nad Labem and Dresden. Since 2018, both the festival and the award recognize not only Czech Documentary Debuts but also newly released Central European documentary films.

 

2019

13th annual Pavel Koutecký Award & 2nd ELBE DOCK IDFF

Ústí nad Labem | Dresden | May 27 – June 2, 2019

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH FEATURE DOCUMENTARY DEBUT


Empire Builders / Budovatelé říše
(dir. Andran Abramjan, Czech Republic, 2018, 72 min)

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH SHORT DOCUMENTARY DEBUT


Me, Flamingo / Já, plameňák
(dir. Elvíra Dulskaia, Czech Republic, 2018, 15 min)

 

SPECIAL MENTION OF THE PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD JURY FOR EDITING


Tonička Janková
(editor of Inside Mosul / V Mosulu)

 

ELBE DOCK AWARD
FOR THE BEST CENTRAL EUROPEAN FEATURE DOCUMENTARY DEBUT


The Last Self-portrait / Posledný autoportrét
(dir. Marek Kuboš, Slovakia, 2017/2018, 72 min)

 

SPECIAL MENTION OF THE ELBE DOCK AWARD JURY FOR PRODUCTION


Maciej Kubicki, Anna Kepinska
(producers of Over The Limit)

 

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Selected Czech feature debuts


Empire Builders / Budovatelé říše
(dir. Andran Abramjan, Czech Republic, 2018, 72 min)
Central Bus Station (dir. Tomáš Elšík, Czech Republic, 2018, 75 min)
King Skate (dir. Šimon Šafránek, Czech Republic, 2018, 79 min)
Inside Mosul / V Mosulu (dir. Jana Andert, Czech Republic, 2018, 83 min)
Vienna Calling (dir. Petr Šprincl, Czech Republic, 2018, 66 min)

 

Selected Czech short debuts


FAMU: The Beginning / FAMU, nový začátek
 (dir. Jakub Jelínek, Czech Republic, 2018, 21 min)
Me, Flamingo / Já, plameňák (dir. Elvira Dulskaia, Czech Republic, 2018, 15 min)
On the Edge / Na okraji (dir. Barbora Chalupová, Czech Republic, 2018, 14 min)
puddles, I don’t know / nevím, kaluže (dir. Anna Petruželová, Czech Republic, 2018, 10 min)
Apart / Spolu sami (dir. Diana Cam Van Nguyen, Czech Republic, 2018, 10 min)

 

Selected Central Europan feature debuts


Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob? / Bruder Jakob, schläfst du noch?
 (dir. Stefan Bohun, Austria, 2018, 80 min)
Diagnosis / Diagnoza (dir. Ewa Podgórska, Poland, 2018, 78 min)
Home Games / Domashni Igri (dir. Alisa Kovalenko, Ukraine, Poland, 2018, 86 min)
Born in Evin (dir. Maryam Zaree, Germany, Austria, 2019, 95 min)
The Last Self-portrait / Posledný autoportrét (dir. Marek Kuboš, Slovakia, 2017/2018, 72 min)
A Woman Captured Bernadett (dir. Tuza-Ritter, Hungary, Germany, 2017/2018, 89 min)
Over The Limit (dir. Masta Prus, Poland, Germany, Finland, 2017/2018, 74 min)
Closing Time (dir. Nicole Vögele, Germany, Switzerland, 2018, 116 min)

 

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Pavel Koutecký Award Jury

žena Filmového kritika, Marek Kráľovský, Richard Loskot, Tereza Bonaventurová

 

ELBE DOCK Award Jury

Petr Horký, Csaba Bollók, Ágnes Horváth-Szabó

 


 

2018

12th annual Pavel Koutecký Award & 1st ELBE DOCK IDFF

Ústí nad Labem | Dresden | May 16–20, 2018

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH FEATURE DOCUMENTARY DEBUT


The Russian Job / Švéd v žigulíku
(dir. Petr Horký, Czech Republic, 2017, 64 min)

 

SPECIAL MENTION


Nothing Like Before / Nic jako dřív
(dir. Klára Tasovská, Lukáš Kokeš, Czech Republic, 2017, 92 min)

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH SHORT DOCUMENTARY DEBUT


Úhorná
(dir. Matej Šmelko, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2017, 27 min)

 

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Selected feature debuts


When the War Comes / Až přijde válka
(dir. Jan Gebert, Czech Republic, Croatia, 2018, 76 min
God Forsaken / Bohu žel (dir. Saša Dlouhý, Czech Republic, 2018, 83 min
Nothing Like Before / Nic jako dřív (dir. Klára Tasovská, Lukáš Kokeš, Czech Republic, 2017, 92 min
The Lust for Power / Mečiar (dir. Tereza Nvotová, Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2017, 89 min
The Russian Job / Švéd v žigulíku (dir. Petr Horký, Czech Republic, 2017, 64 min

 

Selected short debuts


Bo Hai
 (dir. Dužan Duong, Czech Republic, 2017, 26 min)
Prague: A Foreigners' Perspective / Praha očima cizinců (dir. Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic, 2017, 5 min)
Transformations/Vapors/Melanosis / Transformace/Výpary/Melanosis (dir. Michal Kindernay, Czech Republic, 2017, 9 min)
Úhorná (dir. Matej Šmelko, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2017, 27 min)

 

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Jury

Ivan Zachariáš, Kazma, Markus Krug, Emma Smetana, Janja Prokić, Daniel Pitek

 


 

2017

11th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Továrna | Prague | June 6–10, 2017

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


5 October
(dir. Martin Kollár, Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2016, 61 min)

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH SHORT DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


Backstage
(dir. Martin Mach, Dominik Truhlář, Czech Republic, 2016, 11 min)

 

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Selected feature films


5 October
(dir. Martin Kollár, Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2016, 61 min)
Arms ready / Do zbraně (dir. Barbora Chalupová, Czech Republic, 2016, 39 min)
FC Roma (dir. Rozálie Kohoutová, Tomáš Bojar, Czech Republic, 2016, 75 min)
H*ART ON (dir. Andrea Culková, Czech Republic, 2016, 73 min)

 

Selected short films


Backstage
 (dir. Martin Mach, Dominik Truhlář, Czech Republic, 2016, 11 min)
Kittchen - až budu proměněný (dir. Tomáš Šťastný, Czech Republic, 2016, 18 min)
Traces, Fragments, Roots / Stopy, střepy, kořeny (dir. Květa Přibylová, Czech Republic, 2016, 20 min)

 

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Jury

Tereza Czesany Dvořáková, Julie Kárová, Daniel Moravec, Janek Rubeš, Kateřina Šedá

 


 

2016

10th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 9, 2016

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček / Nebezpečný svět Rajka Dolečka
(dir. Kristýna Bartošová, Czech Republic, 2015, 72 min)

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH SHORT DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


Kohoutková
(dir. Veronika Lišková, Czech Republic, 2015, 7 min)

 

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Selected feature films


Amerika
(dir. Jan Foukal, Czech Republic, 2015, 70 min
Koudelka Shooting Holy Land / Koudelka fotografuje Svatou zemi (dir. Gilad Baram, Germany, Czech Republic, 2015, 72 min)
Mallory (dir. Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 2015, 97 min)
The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček / Nebezpečný svět Rajka Dolečka (dir. Kristýna Bartošová, Czech Republic, 2015, 72 min)
Under the Sun / V paprscích slunce (dir. Vitaly Mansky, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, North Korea, Latvia, 2015, 106 min)

 

Selected short films


What to Do While Trains Pass By / Co dělat, když vlaky projíždí
 (dir. Karl Friis Forchhammer, Czech Republic, Denmark, 2015, 10 min)
Kohoutková (dir. Veronika Lišková, Czech Republic, 2015, 7 min)
Království banánových krabic (dir. Jan Vondráček, Czech Republic, 2015, 9 min)
The Strip / Strip (dir. Kateřina Turečková, Czech Republic, 2015, 10 min)
Everything will End up in a Pine Box / Všechno skončí v jedné bedně (dir. Alžběta Kovandová, Czech Republic, 2015, 18 min)

 

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Jury

Barbora Stehlíková, Saša Gedeon, Milan Kruml, Ondřej Moravec, Čestmír Suška, Jana Svobodová

 


 

2015

9th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 8, 2015

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


Lean a Ladder Against Heaven / Opři žebřík o nebe
(dir. Jana Ševčíková, Czech Republic, 2014, 100 min)

 

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Selected films


Pit-Hole / Jáma
(dir. Jiří Stejskal, Czech Republic, Estonia, 2010, 23 min)
Jenica & Perla (dir. Rozálie Kohoutová, Czech Republic, France, 2015, 72 min)
Into the Clouds We Gaze / K oblakům vzhlížíme (dir. Martin Dušek, Czech Republic, 2014, 66 min)
Lean a Ladder Against Heaven / Opři žebřík o nebe (dir. Jana Ševčíková, Czech Republic, 2014, 100 min)
Long Live Hunting! / Lovu zdar! (dir. Jaroslav Kratochvíl, Czech Republic, 2014, 66 min)
wave vs. shore / vlna vs. břeh (dir. Martin Štrba, Slovensko, Czech Republic, 2014, 88 min)

 

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Jury

Radka Denemarková, Ondřej Hrab, Ondřej Kamenický, Štěpánka Korytová, Tono Stano

 


 

2014

8th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 10, 2014

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


DK
(dir. Bára Kopecká, Czech Republic, 2013, 73 min)

 

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Selected films


DK (dir. Bára Kopecká, Czech Republic, 2013, 73 min)
Felvidek: Caught in Between / Felvidék – Horná zem
 (dir. Vladislava Plančíková, Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2014, 75 min)
Liebe Indigo (dir. Saša Dlouhý, Czech Republic, 2013, 52 min)
The Analogs / Parta Analog (dir. Martin Dušek, Czech Republic, 2013, 70 min)
Pirating pirates / Pirátské sítě (dir. David Čálek, Jakub Zahradníček, Czech Republic, 2014, 88 min)
Show! (dir. Bohdan Bláhovec, Czech Republic, 2013, 65 min)
The Great Night / Velká noc (dir. Petr Hátle, Czech Republic, 2014, 72 min)

 

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Jury

Drahomíra Vihanová, Vojtěch Rynda, Hana Kulhánková, Jana Svobodová, Pavel Pohlreich

 


 

2013

7th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 11, 2013

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


Two Nil / Dva nula
(dir. Pavel Abrahám, Tomáš Bojar, Czech Republic, 2012, 104 min)

 

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Selected films


Two Nil / Dva nula (dir. Pavel Abrahám, Tomáš Bojar, Czech Republic, 2012, 104 min)
Chudoba cti netratí
 (dir. Daniela Gébová, Czech Republic, 2012, 53 min)
Fragile Identity / Křehká identita (dir. Zuzana Piussi, Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2012, 70 min)
New Life of a Family Album / Nový život (dir. Adam Oľha, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2012, 77 min)
On Decency / O slušnosti (dir. Radovan Síbrt, Czech Republic, 2012, 52 min)
The Story of Mr. Love / Otázky pana Lásky (dir. Dagmar Smržová, Czech Republic, 2013, 75 min)
The Darkness Under the Lamp / Pod lampou je tma (dir. Kristýna Bartošová, Czech Republic, 2012, 29 min)
Free Smetana / Svobodu pro Smetanu (dir. Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda, Czech Republic, 2013, 52 min)
Burning / Umanutá (dir. Miroslav Janek, Czech Republic, 2012, 58 min)
Life with Jester / Život s Kašparem (dir. Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 2013, 89 min)

 

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Jury

Jiří Havelka, Petra Hůlová, Ondřej Hrab, Zuzana Raušová, Milada Šírová

 


 

2012

6th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 13, 2012

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


The Tripoint / Trojmezí
(dir. Klára Řezníčková, Czech Republic, 2012, 59 min)

 

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Selected films


Love in the Grave / Láska v hrobě
(dir. David Vondráček, Czech Republic, 2012, 79 min)
My Folc Costume / Mein Kroj (dir. Martin Dušek, Czech Republic, 2011, 26 min)
Into Oblivion / Mrtvá trať (dir. Šimon Špidla, Czech Republic, 2011, 52 min)
Solar Eclipse / Pod sluncem tma (dir. Martin Mareček, Czech Republic, 2011, 81 min)
Roxanne (dir. Veronika Mikalová, Czech Republic, 2011, 22 min)
Private Universe / Soukromý vesmír (dir. Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 2011, 83 min)
Trafacka: Temple of Freedom / Trafačka – chrám svobody (dir. Saša Dlouhý, Roman Vávra, Czech Republic, 2011, 75 min)
The Tripoint / Trojmezí (dir. Klára Řezníčková, Czech Republic, 2012, 59 min)
Věra 68
 (dir. Olga Sommerová, Czech Republic, 2012, 90 min)
Race to the Bottom / Závod ke dnu (dir. Vít Janeček, Czech Republic, 2011, 82 min)

 

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Jury

Jaroslav Rudiš, Michal Hladík, Lenka Lovicarová, Jana Svobodová, Marie a Matěj Svitákovi

 


 

2011

5th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 6, 2011

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


Earthlings, who are you voting for? / Pozemšťané, koho budete volit?
(dir. o. s. Inventura documentary workhsop participants and Linda Jablonská, Czech Republic, 2010, 30 min)

 

SPECIAL MENTION

music group Dva (for the soundtrack of Bear Islands and All for the Good of the World and Nosovice!)

 

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Selected films


Czech Granada / Česká Granada
 (dir. Jan Papoušek, Czech Republic, 2010, 50 min)
Filmmaker, Fan, Freak / Filmař, fanoušek, podivín (dir.  Kateřina Mikulcová, Czech Republic, 2010, 59 min)
For Semafor (dir. Miroslav Janek, Czech Republic, 2010, 73 min)
Bear Islands / Medvědí ostrovy (dir. Martin Ryšavý, Czech Republic, 2010, 62 min)
Matchmaking Mayor / Nesvatbov (dir. Erika Hníková, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2010, 72 min)
Earthlings, who are you voting for? / Pozemšťané, koho budete volit? (dir. o. s. Inventura documentary workhsop participants and Linda Jablonská, Czech Republic, 2010, 30 min)
All for the Good of the World and Nosovice! / Vše pro dobro světa a Nošovic (dir. Vít Klusák, Czech Republic, 2010, 82 min)

 

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Jury

Radim Špaček, Irena Hejdová, Ondřej Hrab, Lenka Lovicarová, Marie Rumlová

 


 

2010

4th annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 7, 2010

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


Country of Dreams / Země snů
(dir. Martin Ryšavý, Czech Republic, 2009, 57 min)

 

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Selected films


59/184/84
(r. Lukáš Kokeš, Czech Republic, 2009, 24 min)
Czech Peace / Český mír (r. Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda, Czech Republic, 2010, 89 min)
I Love My Boring Life / Mám ráda nudný život (r. Jan Gogola ml., Czech Republic, 2009, 26 min)
Heaven, Hell / Nebe Peklo (r. David Čálek, Czech Republic, 2009, 82 min)
Phantom of Liberty II / Přízrak svobody II (r. Karel Žalud, Czech Republic, Germany, 2009, 57 min)
All That Glitters / Mlčeti zlato (r. Tomáš Kudrna, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, 2009, 99 min)
My Neighbour Killed Heydrich / Šil jsem u Kubiše (r. Pavel Štingl, Czech Republic, 2010, 57 min)
Country of Dreams / Země snů (dir. Martin Ryšavý, Czech Republic, 2009, 57 min)
Coal in the Soul / Ženy SHR
 (r. Martin Dušek, Ondřej Provazník, Czech Republic, 2010, 58 min)

 

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Jury

Miroslav Janek, Jitka Rudolfová, Kateřina Bartošová, Jana Svobodová, Jiří Fidranský

 


 

2009

3rd annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 8, 2009

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


The Unwelcome / Nevítaní
(dir. Tomáš Škrdlant, Czech Republic, 2009, 95 min)

 

SPECIAL MENTION


Forgotten Transports to Poland / Zapomenuté transporty do Polska
(dir. Lukáš Přibyl, Czech Republic, 2009, 85 min)

 

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Selected films


Czech RAPublic / Česká RAPublika
(dir. Pavel Abrahám, Czech Republic, 2008, 90 min)
Colour Symphonist and Painter of the Cosmos / František Kupka – Symfonik barev a malíř kosmu (dir. Daniela Gébová, Czech Republic, 2008, 32 min)
Gyumri (dir. Jana Ševčíková, Czech Republic, 2008, 68 min)
The Unwelcome / Nevítaní (dir. Tomáš Škrdlant, Czech Republic, 2009, 95 min)
René (dir. Helena Třeštíková, Czech Republic, 2008, 83 min)
Seven Lights / Sedm světel (dir. Olga Sommerová, Czech Republic, 2008, 57 min)
Forgotten Transports to Poland / Zapomenuté transporty do Polska (dir. Lukáš Přibyl, Czech Republic, 2009, 85 min)

 

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Jury

Ondřej Hrab, Michaela Klečková, Lubor Tůma, Alena Čechová, Petr Zelenka

 


 

2008

2nd annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theater | Prague | June 10, 2008

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


The Tadpole, the Rabbit and the Holy Spirit / Pulec, králík a Duch svatý
(dir. Filip Remunda, Czech Republic, 2007, 26 min)

 

Selected films


History of Jaroslav Šabata / Dějiny Jaroslava Šabaty
(dir. Vít Janeček, Czech Republic, 2007, 52 min)
Home / Domov (dir. Margareta Hrůza, Czech Republic, 2008, 56 min)
Fish'n'Pills / Hormonální akvárium (dir. Tereza Tara, Czech Republic, 2007, 20 min)
Forgotten Transports / Zapomenuté transporty (dir. Lukáš Přibyl, Czech Republic, 2007/2008, 85 min)
Report from Lodz / Zpráva o Lodži (dir. Pavel Štingl, Czech Republic, 2008, 90 min)

 

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Jury

Hana Jemelíková, Jana Svobodová, Jiří Peňás, Bohuslav Šír, Adam Oľha

 


 

2007

1st annual Pavel Koutecký Award

Archa Theatre | Prague | June 7, 2007

 

PAVEL KOUTECKÝ AWARD
FOR THE BEST CZECH DOCUMENTARY 
FILM


A Low-level Flight / Nízký let
(dir. Jan Šikl, Czech Republic, 2006, 52 min)

 

Selected films


The Caique's Flight Against the Wind / Let čajky proti větru
(dir. Jaroslava Panáková, Czech Republic, 2005, 15 min)
Jan Křížek, Sculptures and Bees / Jan Křížek - Sochy a včely (dir. Martin Řezníček, Czech Republic, 2005, 59 min)
Source / Zdroj (dir. Martin Mareček, Czech Republic, 2005, 77 min)

 

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Jury

Ondřej Hrab, Ondřej Štindl, Hana Jemelíková, Jarmila Poláková, Igor Blaževič, Bohuslav Šír