Mstyslav Chernov’s Ukrainian documentary ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ has been nominated for the Audience Choice Prize in the American Cinema Eye competition. On Facebook, the director called the prize ‘Eurovision for documentary cinema’ and asked people to vote for his work
Cinema Eye has been awarded to documentary filmmakers since 2008. The competition includes awards for best producing, directing, cinematography, editing and music for documentaries and TV series.
The award ceremony will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine in East Harlem on January 12, 2024.
In 2021, Iryna Tsilyk’s documentary ‘The Earth Is Blue as an Orange’ won the Cinema Eye Honors 2021 Spotlight Award.
‘20 Days in Mariupol’ has also received five Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominations, including Best Documentary Feature, Best First Documentary, Best Political Documentary, Best Editing and Best Narration.
The Critics Choice Documentary Awards jury includes TV, radio and online critics, as well as journalists covering the entertainment industry. The awards ceremony will take place on November 12, 2023.
"20 Days in Mariupol" has received five Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominations, including Best Documentary Feature, Best First Documentary Feature, Best Editing, Best Narration, and Best Political Documentary.#CriticsChoice #DocumentaryAwards #20DaysInMariupol pic.twitter.com/RGj6DZ7fUO
— Critics Choice Awards (@CriticsChoice) October 16, 2023
On 11 October, a Ukrainian documentary film ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ was supposed to be shown at the cultural center in the Serbian town of Lazarevac. It was canceled because of an appeal by the Serbian Radical Party, which has pro-russian views.
On October 10, the party published on its website a statement ‘Anti-russian cinema is not welcome in Serbia’ (Антируски филм није добродошао у Србији) calling on the Lazarevac authorities and the management of the local cultural center to cancel ‘the promotion of Ukrainian journalist Mstyslav Chernov’. The politicians also demanded to ban any promotion of ‘20 Days in Mariupol’ in Serbia.