The L’Œil d’or Documentary Award

The L’Œil d’or Documentary Award was created in 2015 by LaScam (French-speaking authors’society) and its President, Julie Bertuccelli, in collaboration with the Cannes Festival and its General Delegate Thierry Frémaux, with the support of INA (French National Audiovisual Institute) and, for this year, Audiens.

It will be awarded to a documentary screened in one of the Cannes Festival categories (Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Classics, Special Screenings & Out of Competition, Short Films, Directors’Fortnight, Semaine de la critique).

A Chilean President murdered, the new wave of Brazilian cinema, the unusual marriage of a mythical filmmaker and a young contemporary artist… What do they have in common? An OEil d’or. Since 2015, three films* have been distinguished at the Festival de Cannes by the Documentary Award (and three others have received an Honorable Mention). They are among the many facets of this protean, freelooking and curious art of filmmakers who witness the world. Our world needs to be tested, dreamt, immortalised, questioned, thanks to filmmakers and producers, their compassion, their humour and their love, to better understand it, digest it and why not, hope to improve it. Who, this year, from among these seventeen films, will most affect the hearts and souls of the jury? It is, in any case, the promise of a fantastic trip, an opening to all types of documentary, from direct cinema to animation…
As Thierry Garrel said, “it was thought that the documentary was a peninsula of film, we have understood that it is a whole continent“.

Julie Bertuccelli, author, film director, president of LaScam