The first project of its kind at film festivals and an absolutely unique programme initiating new themes and topics in documentary film, bringing together film professionals and significant and provocative personalities from outside the film world.
A five-day meeting of selected directors from around the world full of exceptional lectures, individual sessions and intensive discussions.
At present, there are numerous festival and industry activities focused on the development of an existing topic, the search for co-producers and the extension of distribution possibilities. The Inspiration Forum, on the other hand, creates a platform for the search for new themes and their interpretations, preceding the filmmaker’s decision as to which subject is to be developed.
Inspiration Forum curator: Filip Remunda
INSPIRATION FORUM / 7th edition / October 25 – 29, 2017 / Ji.hlava IDFF
PARTICIPATION FEE / 150 EUR
The participation fee includes industry accreditation, catalogue and accommodation for 4 nights in a double room. It does not cover meals and travel cost.
WORKING LANGUAGE / English
CONTACT / Jarmila Outratová / Head of Industry Office / firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspiration Forum 2016
Zimbardo is an American psychologist and teacher who has taught at leading American universities such as Yale, New York University, Columbia University, and Stanford University, where he conducted his famous Prison Experiment. He is currently studying the violent behavior of individuals as part of his Heroic Imagination Project, as part of which he is analyzing data on former gang members and on people who had previously been associated with terrorist organizations. During his visit to the Czech Republic in October 2016, he will accept an honorary doctorate from Charles University.
Playwright, film-script writer. In 1995 he became one of the founders of the Togliatti New Drama School, very important movement for the Russian drama of several last decades. Due to his rich life experience (worked as a watchman, plumber, theatre director or TV journalist etc.) he is able to write easily about all kinds of characters, ranging from Stanislavsky himself to workers, who call the spirit of a Blue Plumber. His most popular plays, e.g. Nature reserve or The cultural Stratum, were translated into the German, English, Finish, Polish and other European languages.
One of China’s best-known commentators on contemporary affairs now living in exile in Germany. His commentaries appear in famous newspaper in China, Hong Kong, Germany and USA. He has been a guest professor at East China University of Political Science and Law. He has repeatedly been punished for tackling sensitive issues, e.g. feminist movement, Chinese politics and situation in Tibet, and was banned from writing columns and publishing books in China. In 2014 he won the Human Rights Press Awards in Hong Kong.
- Jaroslav Kratochvíl, Czech Republic
- Silvie Jasqueim, France
- Berndette Tuza Ritter, Hungary
- Thorunn Hafstadd, Iceland
- Anna Grusková, Slovakia
- Nadia Parfan, Ukraine
- Stanislav Klohodny, Ukraine
Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2015
One of the most controversial figures of our time. He is best known as the founder and public face of WikiLeaks, the Internet-based publishing organisation which makes headlines around the world by releasing suppressed information about corporate, government and military corruption and misconduct. Assange is an advocate of information transparency and market libertarianism. Since 2012, he has been living in asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
A poet and member of the punk rock protest group Pussy Riot, concentrating on feminism, LGBT rights in Russia, and acting in opposition to the current political system in Russia represented by President Vladimir Putin. A er a nearly two-year-long imprisonment following a protest concert held in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Maria, together with her fellow Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, focuses on a campaign concerning human rights violations in Russian prisons, on political prisoners and on raising awareness of this topic internationally.
Osama Abdul Mohsen
The World got to know this man as one of the Syrian refugees, running from the police at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Röszke. Video, where is documented how a Hungarian TV reporter tripped him while he was carrying his little son, became a viral and stirred up strong emotions. Osama Abdul Mohsen is now trying to establish new life in Spain where he was offered haven and job as a coach by a soccer school, and accepted
invitation to Ji.hlava IDFF, where he shared his experience with a situation that has been a topic no. 1 for the past several months in all news and social networks.
- Margareta Hruza, Norway
- Apolena Rychlíková, Czech Republic
- Eva Zornio, Switzerland
- Rick Minnich, Germany
- Nika Belianina, Canada
- Petar Veljačić, Belgium
- Marouan Omara, Egypt
- Tamara Moyzes, Slovakia
- Barbara Wintner, Austria
Dina Borsch, Austria
Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2014
Joseph Yu-Shek Cheng
Professor of Political Science at the Hong Kong University, Joseph Yu-Shek Cheng is one of the founders of Occupy Central, a civil disobedience movement that lured to the streets many Hong Kong students. Since 1980s, he has been associated with the Hong Kong democratic movement. He is respected for his social and political activities not only in Hong Kong.
Petr Pavlensky is a Russian conceptual artist and political activist. He was born in 1984 in Saint Petersburg. He became renowned for his political action in support of the Russian punk group, Pussy Riot. The police arrested and detained Pavlensky as a mentally ill person – he was released several days later. During his most famous performance called Fixation (2013) he fixed his genitals with a nail to the pavement on the Red Square in Moscow in a protest against Russia’s transformation into a police state. His last action, Liberty, performed in February 2014, consisted in erecting a barricade from burning tires on one of the bridges spanning Saint Petersburg in support the Ukrainian revolution and to reflect the events that had occurred on Euromaidan. Another evidence of the precarious situation in Putin’s Russia is also the fact that the artist’s recent, and allegedly final performance, during which Pavlensky supposedly tried to commit a demonstrative suicide by hanging himself, was fabricated by Russian media.
Czech artist Kateřina Šedá (born in 1977 in Brno) is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. Her work comprises mainly happenings and experiments. Her projects try to break the engrained stereotypes and social isolation of the participants. In 2011, she collaborated with the London’s Tate Modern on the project From Morning Till Night, in which the citizens of Bedřichovice moved to London to pursue their everyday activities – sweeping the ground, washing their cars, etc. – in the city’s public space. Jan Gogola jr. made a documentary dedicated to Kateřina entitled Kateřina Šedá: Mythmaking (2013).
- Tamara Drakulić, Serbia
- Gonzalo Enríquez Veloso, Spain
- Johan Kolínský, Czech Republic
- Tomáš Kratochvíl, Czech Republic
- Lucia Nimcová, Slovakia
- Zorko Sirotić, Croatia
- Arthur Sukiasyan, Armenia
- Biljana Tutorov, Serbia
Lecturers of Inspiration Forum 2013
Moazzam Begg is one of nine British citizens who were held at Camp X-Ray, Guantánamo Bay by the government of the United States of America. Begg was labelled an ‘enemy combatant’ by the US government, imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and whose precise nature has never been determined. He was released on January 25, 2005 without any charge though he received no explanation or apology. As the Director of Outreach for the prisoner human rights organisation, Cageprisoners, Moazzam appears extensively both in the media in the UK and internationally, lecturing on issues surrounding imprisonment without trial, torture, anti-terror legislation and community relations.
Artemy Troitsky graduated from the Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics. As a first-year student, he started to organize discotheques and he is now considered the first DJ in the history of the Soviet and Russian music scene. However, he never actually took his job at the Statistical Institute that he had been proposed. Instead, he focused on “sociology of music” at the Art History Institute from which he was dismissed in 1983. In the years 1983–1985, he was banned from writing for official music magazines. He is the author of several publications on the independent music scene, the pivotal of which is Back in the USSR, mapping the independent rock scene of 1980s. It was first published in the UK in 1988, followed by its Russian publication in 1991. Artemij is a founder of several independent labels. In the 1990s, he worked as an editor-in-chief of the first Russian edition of Playboy, and cooperated with Rolling Stone.
Šejla Kamerić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has received widespread acclaim for her poignant intimacy and social commentary. Based on her own experiences, memories and dreams, which were influenced by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), Kamerić’s work takes us to spaces of displacement and discrimination. The weight of her topics is in stark contrast to her individual aesthetics and her choice of delicate materials. Kamerić received The ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity in 2011.
Her work is included in European collections such as Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; ERSTE Collection, Vienna; Deutsche Telekom, Bonn and Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul.
- Aleš Suk, Croatia
- Žejlka Sukova, Croatia
- Evdokia Moskvina, Russia
- James Kienitz Wilkins, USA
- Tatyana Soboleva, Russia
- Radovan Síbrt, Czech republic
- Ioana Țurcan, Romania
- Meghan Horvath, UK
- Thomas Fisch, France
- Karen Sztajnberg, Brazil
Writer, journalist, film maker and left-wing political activist. Born in Lahore (today’s Pakistan) in 1943, he was educated at Oxford University, later he ran his own independent television production company, Bandung, which produced programs for Channel 4 in the UK during the 1980s. He is recognized as leading expert on Pakistan and an outspoken critic of US Middle East agenda. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.
Chinese novelist, playwright, and critic, living and working in France. He was declared as persona non grata in China because of his book Fugitives, which takes place against the background of the Square of Heavenly Peace massacre. In 2000, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and linguistic ingenuity”.
FEMEN / Inna Shevchenko, Oleksandra Shevchenko, Anna Hutsol
FEMEN is a feminist Ukrainian protest group based in Kiev, founded in 2008. The organisation became internationally known for organizing topless protests against sex tourists, religious institutions, sexism and other social, national and international topics. Some of the goals of the organisation are: “to develop leadership, intellectual and moral qualities of young women in Ukraine” and “to build up the image of Ukraine, a country with great opportunities for women”.
- Eran Barak / Israel
- Tomasz Jeziorski / Poland
- Srdjan Keča / Serbia
- Truls Lie / Denmark
- Maria Martiniaková / Slovakia
- Nikita Pavlov / Russia
- Michael Schmacke / Germany
- Klara Trencsenyi / Hungary
Carlos A. Aguilera
Cuban poet and writer, member of the youngest generation of Cuban authors, founder of a now banned Diáspora(s) magazine, lives in emigration in Central Europe.
Y. A. Padmanabha Rao
Indian expert in education development, participated in the development of an innovative project involving over 10 million children from 200 000 schools in the poorest parts of the world in the educational process, received a number of awards including the Unesco Prize for his activities.
Alexei Plutser-Sarno, Jana Sarna
Members of a provocative Russian art group Voina, whose political and activist happenings and installations are inspired by performance and street-art.
- Maite Bermúdez Pascual, Spain
- Viera Čakanyová, Czech Republic
- Danic Marina, Serbia
- Joshua Faudem, Israel, USA
- Mikhail Kolchin, Russia
- Zoran Krema, Croatia
- Robert Lakatos, Romania
- Boris Mitic, Serbia
- Tamara Moyzes, Israel, Slovakia
- Gyula Nemes, Hungary
- Andrea Prenghyová, Czech Republic
- Alex Solomon, Romania
- Alina Tretinjak, Croatia