Cinema has its roots in documentary film. This unique depiction of the world is becoming increasingly popular on the big screen and among the public. It is garnering more critical recognition and becoming more visible at festivals. As such, it deserves to be acknowledged at Cannes.
The ‘L'Œil d’Or’ Documentary Award was created in 2015 by LaScam (The French civil society for multimedia authors), in collaboration with the Cannes Festival and its General Delegate Thierry Frémaux, with the support of the INA (the French national audiovisual Institute). It will be awarded to a documentary screened in one of the Cannes Festival categories (Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Classics, Directors' Fortnight, Semaine de la Critique, Special Screenings & Out of Competition and Short & Feature-Length Films).
This year, the jury will be headed by Gianfranco Rosi with Anne Aghion, Natacha Régnier, Thierry Garrel and Amir Labaki. The ‘L'Œil d’Or’ and a €5,000 prize will be presented to the creator of the winning film on Saturday 21 May at the Palais des festivals.
The world needs documentaries
Amid the great cinematic celebration of the Cannes Film Festival, documentaries, often portraying cruel, sometimes despairing realities, might seem dull. We forget the jubilation that comes from sharing human stories, which end up going beyond their authors and participants to embark everyone —creators and spectators— on an emotional roller coaster that is
showcased through film.
Portraits, stories, manifestos... in all their forms, documentaries are remarkably political. They highlight the realities of the world, near and far —a world we sometimes think we know, and sometimes know nothing about. They prove, they question, they shake things up. And after leaving the screening room, you’re left with an augmented reality. And hope.
by Anne Georget - author and director; President of LaScam
I want to warmly thank the jury members —Anne Aghion, Thierry Garrel, Amir Labaki, Natacha Régnier and Gianfranco Rosi, its president— for attending this second edition of L’Œil d’or Documentary Award, which shows the place of documentaries in the larger cinematic family. In these troubled times of ours, the world obviously is in great need of such films.