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Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
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}}Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (), known as MFDF Ji.hlava or Ji.hlava IDFF, is a documentary film festival in Jihlava, Czech Republic, normally held in late October. The 23rd edition of the festival will run from 24 to 29 October 2019.WEB,weblink Úvod, s.r.o., portadesign, Mezinárodní festival dokumentárních filmů Ji.hlava, 2017-03-27, The 2018 festival was attended by over 40,000 visitors from over 80 countries.WEB,weblink Ji.hlava IDFF {{!, 22nd Ji.hlava IDFF is over. Long live Ji.hlava IDFF!|last=standa(at)|first=S2 STUDIO s.r.o. - INTERNETOVÉ SLUŽBY, GRAFIKA, VÝROBA REKLAMY, MARKETING,weblink||language=en|access-date=2018-11-14}} More than 1,000 film professionals took part in the Ji.hlava Industry Programme, which includes projects such as Emerging Producers, Festival Identity and Conference Fascinations. In 2018, the festival presented 327 films in eight screening halls.{{cn|date=December 2018}} The festival was founded in 1997 by a group of Jihlava high school students led by Marek Hovorka, who has been the director of the festival since then. Since 2001, the festival has been organised by the Jihlava Association of Amateur Filmmakers, which in 2015 was renamed DOC.DREAM - the Association for the Support of Documentary Cinema. Ji.hlava IDFF is a co-founder of Doc Alliance, a coalition of seven large European documentary film festivals.The festival's motto is "Thinking Through Film".


Competition sections

The main festival consists of 7 competitions:
  • Opus Bonum - Best World Documentary Film
  • Between the Seas - Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film
  • Between the Seas Student - Best Central and Eastern European Student Documentary Film
  • Czech Joy - Best Czech Documentary Film
  • First Lights - Best Debut Documentary Film
  • Fascinations - Best World Experimental Documentary Film
  • Fascinations: - Best Czech Experimental Documentary Film
  • Short Joy - Best Short Documentary Film
The festival annually nominates one film to be added to the pre-selection for the European Film Academy (EFA) award for Best Documentary Film of the Year. Also, the winners of the Short Joy award are eligible for the pre-selection for the Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards.{| class="wikitable sortable"|+Opus Bonum Award for Best World Documentary Film!Year!Film title!Director!Country of origin|2007|731: Two Versions of Hell|James T. Hong|China, United States, Taiwan|2008|Iraqi Short Films|Mauro Andrizzi|Argentina|2009|Bassidji|Tamadon Mehran|Iran, Switzerland, France|2010|48|Susana de Sousa Dias|Portugal|2011|Lost Land|Pierre-Yves Vanderweerd|Belgium|2012|Kuichisan|Maiko Endo|Japan, United States|2013|The Uprising|Peter Snowdon|Belgium, United Kingdom|2014|I Am the People|Anna Roussillon|France|2015|Dead Slow Ahead|Mauro Herce|Spain, France|2016|Spectres are haunting Europe|Maria Kourkouta, Niki Giannari|France, Greece|2017|The Wall |Dmitry Bogolubovi|Russia, Russia|2018|Vacancy |Alexandra Kandy Longuet    |Belgium{| class="wikitable"|+Between the Seas Award for Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film!Year!Film title!Director!Country of origin|2003|66 Seasons|Peter Kerekes|Slovakia|2003|Sentiment|Tomáš HejtmánekCzech Republic>Czechia|2004|The Ring|Angus Reid|Slovenia|2005|Snail Fortress|Deszo Zsigmond|Hungary|2006|All day togetherMarcin Koszałka>Marcin Koszalka|Poland|2007|Artel|Simon Semtov, Sergei Loznitsa|Russia|2008|The Flower Bridge|Thomas Ciulei|Romania, Germany|2009|Border|Jaroslav Vojtek|Slovakia|2010|Autobiography of Nicolae CeausescuAndrei Ujică>Andrei Ujica|Romania|2011|Bakhmaro|Salomé JashiGeorgia (country)>Georgia, Germany|2012|Mirage|Srdan Keca|United Kingdom, Serbia|2013|Winter / Miracle|Gustavo Beck, Zeljka Sukova|Croatia, Denmark, Brazil|2014|We Come As Friends|Hubert Sauper|France, Austria|2015|Under the Sun|Vitaly ManskyCzech Republic>Czechia, Russia, Germany, North Korea|2016|The Dazzling Light of Sunset|Salomé JashiGeorgia (country)>Georgia, Germany|2017|Oprea About Poland|Piotr Stasik|Poland |2018|Timebox|Nora Agapi|Romania

Non-competition sections

Alongside the competitions sections, the festival presents a number of non-competition sections covering different areas of documentary film. The regular non-competition sections are:
  • Doc-fi - a section presenting films that combine documentary and fiction
  • Reality TV - a section focusing on new television formats and current cross-genre forms, such as docudrama, docusoap, reality show or mockumentary
  • Czech Television Documentaries - an overview of the documentaries produced by Czech Television
  • FAMU Presents - a presentation of work by students of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU)
  • Translucent Beings - a section presenting works by key personalities in the history of documentary films
  • Transparent Landscape - a cross-section of the documentaries of particular countries

Accompanying programme

Another feature of the festival is its accompanying programme, comprising thematic exhibitions, awards for the best festival poster, music and theatre performances, authors' readings, radio documentaries and documentary theatre plays or a special Laboratorium installation.

Other activities

Ji.hlava IDFF organises various activities throughout the year. It works closely with six other European documentary film festivals through the Doc Alliance, whose Doc Alliance Films website, devoted to documentary and experimental movie online distribution, is an original project of the festival. It also participates in DOC.STREAM projects for film professionals, Eastern European documentary East Silver Market, and, in collaboration with the Czech Institute of Documentary Film, the Ex Oriente Film project.DOC.DREAM, the organiser of the festival, is also a publisher (e.g. Bill Nichols: Introduction to Documentary; Guy Gauthier: Le Documentaire, un autre cinéma; Karel Vachek: The Theory of Matter; David Čeněk: Chris Marker) and runs the online dok.revue portal, dedicated to theory and criticism of documentary film.

Ji.hlava Industry Programme

Ji.hlava Industry Programme encompasses activities focused on film professionals and has been a significant part of the festival for the past sixteen years. The section includes:
  • Emerging Producers - an educational and networking project promoting European documentary film producers
  • Docu Talents From the East - a panel showcasing creative documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe in the production or post-production phase, held annually since 2004. It has been organized in cooperation with Sarajevo Film Festival since 2017.
  • Festival Identity - a meeting and knowledge exchange of film festival organisers
  • Inspiration Forum - a platform bringing together documentary film directors with personalities from outside the film community such as scientists, writers, artists, activists, and philosophers
  • Conference Fascinations - a conference focusing on experimental film distribution
  • Visegrad Accelerator - a platform for meeting of Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak film professionals, state institutions and media representatives

Year-round Activities

Apart from the festival itself, which takes place in October, the Ji.hlava IDFF team organises various events at other times of the year:
  • Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF - festival echoes take place in the Czech Republic and other European countries
  • Documentary Mondays - regular documentary film screenings with the film-makers present, taking place in the Prague art cinema SvÄ›tozor
  • Living Cinema - summer screenings of selected Czech documentary films, taking place in unconventional locations in Jihlava and Prague
  • Czech Joy in Czech Cinemas - distribution of selected Czech documentary films in Czech and Slovak cinemas
  • Cultural Hub - a meeting of representatives of the Jihlava cultural scene, focusing on the development of the city's cultural policies

Educational Activities

Ji.hlava IDFF participates in a number of educational activities:
  • Center for Documentary Film - a creative space in Jihlava Dukla cinema dedicated to the study of documentary cinematography
  • Media & Documentary - a workshop for film science and journalism students focused on writing about documentary film, taking place during the Ji.hlava IDFF
  • The Boundaries of Film - lectures, screenings and discussions about unusual documentary film formats



External links

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  • weblink - official website weblink - 2018 press release weblink - Emerging Producers weblink - festival blog

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