The ELBE DOCK award was won by film Searching Eva


A documentary about the liberal-minded Eva who lives in Berlin and none of the characteristics of her alternative life is accurate, directed by Pii Hellenthal and produced by Erik Winker, won the main ELBE DOCK Award. The jury's Special Mention went to director Laura Coppens for film Taste Of Hope, which captured the situation in a tea factory, where employees stood up against a business giant who wanted to close it down. The prizes were awarded at the Festival’s closing ceremony, which took place on Sunday at Geh8, ​​the former freight station in Dresden. The Festival took place there on 5 and 6 September. The closing ceremony was hosted by the authors of the Buchty podcast, Zuzana Fuksová and Ivana Veselková, from Radio Wave.

"Feminism. Body. Identity. Love. Hatred. Honesty. A multi-dimensional portrait of the protagonist captured in the form of an impressive film essay," said the jury’s verdict about the winning film, Searching Eva. A total of seven films competed for the ELBE DOCK Award for the first and second Central European feature-length documentary. Safety123 by Florian Kofler and Julie Gutweniger, Silent Days by Pavol Pekarčík, Taste of Hope by Laura Coppens, ISOLA by Aurelio Buchwalder, Our Little Poland by Matěj Bobřík and Lost Home by Juraj Mravec.

The director of the film Taste of Hope, Laura Coppens, received a Special Mention from the jury that said about the film: "The director introduced us to the world of the protagonists in an empathetic and tender way. Her anthropological approach drew us in so much that we wanted to support the workers from the very beginning to the end. The factory was depicted in an observational way combined with clear directorial vision.

The jury of the ELBE DOCK Award for Central European First and Second Documentary Films included film producer Marta Golba, executive director and founder of the educational festival for young people Young Film Fest Mária Môťovská, and producer at Frame Films Hana Blaha Šilarová.

The third season of the International Film Festival, which took place from 1 to 4 September in Ústí nad Labem and then in Dresden, officially ended with the announcement of the ELBE DOCK Awards and a concert by avant-garde cellist and composer Štěpán Filípek. The Festival screened 60 feature and short films, mainly by debuting European filmmakers, and organized 20 supporting events. 150 industry guests came to the event and approximately 1,700 spectators attended the screenings.

The Pavel Koutecký Award was also presented as part of the ELBE DOCK Festival. It was awarded to the documentary essay FREM, by Slovak documentary filmmaker Viera Čákanyová and producer Nina Numankadic, which responds to the current wave of post-humanist thinking caused by the development of technology and artificial intelligence. It was awarded for the fourteenth time this year. The Pavel Koutecký Award recognizes the most original first and second documentaries by Czech and Slovak filmmakers. In addition to the feature film, the short animated documentary S P A C E S by director Nora Štrbová and producer Ondřej Šejnoha was also awarded. In it, the author depicts her personal experience with her brother's memory loss. The ceremony took place for the third time as part of the ELBE DOCK international Film Festival on the balcony of the Hraničář Public Hall.

I am happy that, despite the complications, we managed to organize not only this year’s Pavel Koutecký Award, but also the ELBE DOCK Festival. I think that it is currently very important to support filmmakers, cinemas and the whole live culture, which has suffered greatly by the current Covid situation. I am pleased that we were able to screen films in Ústi and Dresden that would otherwise have not been shown in cinema, and organize events that attracted and engaged local residents," says founder of the Pavel Koutecký Award, producer Jarmila Poláková who is also behind the founding of the ELBE DOCK Festival.

The organizer of the festival is nutprodukce, s.r.o. and bujón s.r.o.

3rd season of the International Festival ELBE DOCK was organized under the auspices of the Mayor of Ústi nad Labem, Petr Nedvědický.