L'Œil d'or

L'Œil d'or, le prix du documentaire — Cannes ([lœj dɔʁ], "The Golden Eye, The Documentary Prize — Cannes") is a documentary film award created in 2015. It is awarded to the best documentary presented in one of the sections of the Cannes Film Festival (Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight, International Critics' Week and Cannes Classics).[1] Initiated by the Civil Society of Multimedia Authors (SCAM - Société Civile des Auteurs Multimédia) and its President Julie Bertuccelli, the prize is awarded in partnership with the Institut national de l'audiovisuel and with the support of Cannes Film Festival and its General Delegate Thierry Frémaux.[2]

L'Œil d'or, le prix du documentaire – Cannes
Presented byCivil Society of Multimedia Authors
Institut national de l'audiovisuel
Cannes Film Festival
First awarded2015

The prize, which consists of 5,000, is presented to the director of the winning film at an official ceremony in Cannes. It was presented for the first time on 23 May 2015 at the Palais des Festivals.[3]


Year Film Director Nationality of director
2015[4][5] Beyond My Grandfather Allende Marcia Tambutti Allende Chile, Mexico
2016[6] Cinema Novo Eryk Rocha Brazil
2017[7] Faces Places Agnès Varda and JR France
2018[8] Samouni Road Stefano Savona Italy
2019[9] For Sama Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts Syria / United Kingdom
The Cordillera of Dreams Patricio Guzmán France, Chile

Special mentions

In addition to the winners of L'Œil d'or, some films have received a special mention.

Year Film Director Nationality of director
2015[4][5] Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words Stig Björkman Sweden
2016[6] The Cinema Travelers Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya India
2017[7] Makala Emmanuel Gras France
2018[8] Libre Michel Toesca France
The Eyes of Orson Welles Mark Cousins United Kingdom


1st Edition - 2015

2nd Edition - 2016

  • Gianfranco Rosi, Italian documentary film director (President)[12]
  • Anne Aghion, French-American documentary film director
  • Natacha Régnier, Belgian actress
  • Thierry Garrel, French artistic consultant and former director of documentaries for Arte TV
  • Amir Labaki, Brazilian film critic and curator

3rd Edition - 2017

  • Sandrine Bonnaire, French actress (President)[13]
  • Lucy Walker, British film director
  • Lorenzo Codelli, Italian film critic
  • Dror Moreh, Israeli film director
  • Thom Powers, American programmer and festival director

4th Edition - 2018

5th Edition - 2019


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