Sunny Side of the Doc Prize at East Doc Platform 2022

The Sunny Side team was recently on hand at East Doc Platform 2022 organized by the Institute of Documentary Film to present the Sunny Side of the Doc prize to the project Dakar Sistaz,  directed by Jakub Šmíd, Barbora Chalupová and produced by Zuzana Kučerová.
The team wins two full passes for the 33rd Edition of Sunny Side of the Doc taking place from 20 to 23 June 2022.

About the project

Synopsis: “Dakar Sistaz is a short documentary portrait of exceptional twin sisters. The 17-year-old Aliyyah and Yasmeen Koloc are race car drivers, competing in both the GT3 category and the race trucks category and increasingly gaining recognition. Their dream is to take part in the 2023 Dakar Rally and take on top racers from all over the world. Having decided to document the sisters’ incredible journey towards their dream, we believe that viewers will find their extraordinary dedication, commitment and hard work riveting.”

Jakub Šmíd (Director)

Jakub Šmíd received a degree in directing from the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU) as well as a drama degree from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts Brno (JAMU). His short film Non-swimmers (Neplavci) won the Czech Lion – Magnesia Award for Best Student Film in 2011. His graduation film Amanitas was nominated for the same award in 2015. Non-swimmers was screened at a number of international film festivals including London BFI and the French l’Académie des César named it one of the seven best short films of 2011. His next film Short Cut (Na krátko) had its international premiere as a feature in the main competition of the biggest film festival for children and adolescents Cinekid Festival Amsterdam. 

Barbora Chalupová (Director)  


Barbora Chalupová is a director of the new young generation who is not afraid of experimenting in her films. Her filmography starts with the student film TRANSITION (2014) shortlisted for the best student film at Magnesia Awards. The following film ARMS READY (2016) looked into the enormous increase in the number of applicants for a firearms license in the Czech Republic. This film was nominated for the Pavel Koutecký Award and appeared in the competition sections of the One World festival or IDFF Ji.hlava. Right now, Barbora is finishing CAUGHT IN THE NET, a film co-directed with documentary filmmaker Vít Klusák that looks into the issue of child abuse on the Internet and A NEW OATH which deals with the legalisation of marriage for same-sex couples.  

Zuzana Kučerová (Producer)


Zuzana Kučerová produced the feature-length documentary on the biggest African slum Vote for Kibera (FIPADOC, Audience Award at Ji.hlava IDFF, a Special Jury Prize at One World in Bratislava), the documentary Wolves at the Borders (Visions du Réel, FIPADOC, Special Mention at Ji.hlava IDFF, Special Ment Anthropology and Environment Award at Jean Rouch Film Festival) and Marek Náprstek’s short animated film Ant hill (BAFICI, Anifim, Anibar, Special Mention at Animafest Zagreb etc.). At present, she develops a series with Klára Vlasáková about sexual violence, documentary films directed by Jakub Šmíd, Barbora Chalupová, Martin Páv and Marek Náprstek’s animated film Chemodan. Apart from producing, she works for Czech Television in the International Content Projects Centre.   




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