Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech: Mezinárodní festival dokumentárních filmů Ji.hlava, in short MFDF Ji.hlava or Ji.hlava IDFF) is the largest festival of creative documentary film in Central and Eastern Europe. The festival is traditionally held in late October in Jihlava, Czech Republic. The 21st edition of the festival will take place between 24–29 October 2017.
The last year's festival screenings were attended by more than 40,000 viewers, and the total number of 4,500 accredited visitors from 62 countries of the world attended the festival. More than 1,000 film professionals took part in the Ji.hlava Industry Programme, which includes projects such as Emerging Producers, Festival Identity or Conference Fascinations. In 2016, the festival presented 310 films.
The festival was founded in 1997 by a group of Jihlava high school students led by Marek Hovorka in charge, who has been the festival director ever since. From 2001 on, the festival has been organised by Jihlava Association of Amateur Filmmakers which was transformed in 2015 into DOC.DREAM - the Association for the Support of Documentary Cinema.
The festival's motto is "Thinking Through Film", the traditional symbol is a funnel.
Ji.hlava IDFF is a co-founder of Doc Alliance - a coalition of 7 key European documentary film festivals.
The core of the festival consists of 7 competitions:
The festival annually nominates one film that is subsequently added to the pre-selection for the European Film Academy (EFA) award for the Best Documentary Film of the Year. Also, the winners of the Short Joy award are eligible for the pre-selection in Documentary Short Subject category of the Academy Awards (Oscar).
|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|
|Year||Film title||Director||Country of origin|
|2003||66 Seasons||Peter Kerekes||Slovakia|
|2004||The Ring||Angus Reid||Slovenia|
|2005||Snail Fortress||Deszo Zsigmond||Hungary|
|2006||All day together||Marcin Koszalka||Poland|
|2007||Artel||Simon Semtov, Sergei Loznitsa||Russia|
|2008||The Flower Bridge||Thomas Ciulei||Romania, Germany|
|2010||Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu||Andrei Ujica||Romania|
|2011||Bakhmaro||Salomé Jashi||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 Mansky||Czechia, Russia, Germany, North Korea|
|2016||The Dazzling Light of Sunset||Salomé Jashi||Georgia, Germany|
Apart from the competitions sections, the festival annually presents a number of non-competition sections covering different areas of documentary film. The traditional non-competition sections are the following:
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.
In the past years a number of directors, film theorists, and historians attended the festival. Apart from the film professionals, Ji.hlava has also hosted various writers, artists or activists. They attend activities within the Ji.hlava Industry Programme (such as Inspiration Forum) or hold Masterclasses (non-competition section). Film world personalities have also been invited as members of the competition juries.
Ji.hlava IDFF organises various activities throughout the year. It closely cooperates with other six key European documentary film festivals within 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 the 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 active also in the publishing field (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 the theory and criticism of the documentary film.
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 following programmes and platforms:
Apart from the festival itself, taking place in October, the Ji.hlava IDFF team organises various events during the whole year:
Ji.hlava IDFF participates in number of educational activities:
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