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Introduction 2015

19th Jihlava IDFF 2015

The symbol of this year’s edition, eternal fires, served as meeting points of Jihlava citizens with festival visitors. People of all generations came together at fire rings, with guitars and sausages to roast, enjoying the atmosphere of the final days of autumn filled with documentary joy.

Over the six festival days from October 27 to November 1, 2015, the 19th edition of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival presented the Czech audience with the legends of documentary filmmaking of the likes of Artavazd Peleshyan and Viktor Kossakovsky. Matrix AB, a portrait of the Czech Minister of Finance, Andrej  Babiš, which won its director, Vít Klusák, the Audience Award, RINO by Jakub Wagner about Czechoslovakian spy Karel Köcher (who was present at the screening), and Vitaly Mansky’s Under the Sun looking at the life in North Korea, ranked among the most popular films in the festival programme.

“The nineteenth annual Jihlava IDFF paid a tribute to those whose works pose questions, who share their worldviews with the audience and who reveal the less-seen world from various perspectives – the film directors. In retrospect, it becomes clear that what has persisted since the time of Altamira cave paintings is work of art – and Jihlava has become the place where such works of art come to interact with the audience,”  said Marek Hovorka, Director of Jihlava IDFF.

Thousands of visitors flocked to Jihlava not only to see its film programme, but to also take part in socially relevant events such as the Inspiration Forum providing space to discussions with controversial figures of today. The open discussion and face-to-face meeting with Julian Assange, Maria Alyokhina and Osama Mohsen gave the audience a chance to hear their undistorted stories and first-hand experience. “I am very pleased that the participants were interested in the discussion although the topic  is rather a complex and heavy one. I was also pleased that the questions implied a deep interest and motivation to get a grasp on the current crisis between Europe and the Middle East,” concluded Osama.

The twentieth anniversary edition of the Jihlava IDFF will be held on October 25 to 30, 2016.


19th jihlava IDFF in numbers

In six festival days, the 19th edition of Jihlava IDFF attracted over 3,500 accredited festival visitors, screened more than 250 films, accompanied by 44 additional events and over 35 open programme events for film professionals.

233 film titles out of more than 3,400 submitted films have been shortlisted for the programme of the 19th Jihlava IDFF, 58 of which were shown in the world, 9 in their international and 11 in their European premiere. Additional 21 were featured as part of the Czech Television Documentaries section.

The Closing Ceremony saw the announcement of 6 awards whose winners were selected by the juries of the individual competition sections.