The Ji.hlava Film Fund provides in-kind grants for visual and sound post-production of mid-length or feature-length documentary and hybrid films at the stage of production or post-production originating in Central and Eastern Europe, a region with a long documentary tradition.

Its mission is to support a range of remarkable and creative filmmakers who have emerged in the recent years in the region in the completion of their cinematic documentary works on contemporary themes, thus helping these films to succeed abroad.

Eligible projects
Mid-length or feature-length documentary and hybrid films at the production or post-production stage with expected premiere in fall 2017. The completed film will premiere at the 21st Ji.hlava IDFF 2017.

Eligible countries
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine

Application deadline: April 30, 2017

Results announced: July 4, 2017

Selection process
Selection will be done by film professionals nominated by the Ji.hlava IDFF. We are primarily looking for projects with unique authorial style and focus on contemporary and thought-provoking themes.


Thanks to its partners, the Ji.hlava Film Fund is able to offer valuable, high quality resources to the selected projects.

The visual effects and post-production house UPP will provide an in-kind grant for visual post-production modelled to the needs of the award-winning film in the estimated value of 11,000 EUR.
The sound studio and post-production company Soundsquare will offer sound mixing and a final sound master in the estimated value of 5,000 EUR.
Drawing on twenty years of experience, the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival programme selectors will provide rough-cut feedbacks and tailor-made festival strategies for selected films and interconnect the awarded filmmakers with sales agents, distributors, VOD platforms, institutions and universities.
The Center for Documentary Film is a research and education center for Czech and international artists, scholars and thinkers which houses a library and a video library. The CDF will arrange a test screening for the selected film and provide the award-winning director with research-support for his or her next project.