Visual of the 21st Ji.hlava IDFF unveiled

Every year the poster provides a hint of the upcoming festival’s mood and focus, with the latest version reflecting the sense of intermingled film images

The poster for the 21st Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, which will take place from October 24th to 29th, depicts a myriad of blended images. In his traditional poem to accompany the poster visual artist Juraj Horvath writes: “This year’s Ji.hlava is seemingly abstract,” also mentioning “extracted shots, hasty concluding thoughts”. The poster was unveiled on Monday, June 26, at the Nonstrop Gallery in Jihlava, by the film festival’s executive director Katarína Holubcová. Both she and Juraj Horvath went on to add that they are “waiting for you at the cinema.”

ji.hlava 2017
image after image
hazy images in layers
Hup, two, three, four…
stop counting,
marching.
reflected reflections
segments within segments
extracted shots,
hasty concluding thoughts,
mythology compressed in onslaughts.
stand at attention,
a state in tension,
I’m waiting for you
at the cinema.

This year’s Ji.hlava is seemingly abstract,
but something is different.
Somewhat askew.
Images emerge from the dark.
Empty plans.
Multiple screens ready for action.

Juraj Horváth

Every year the poster provides a hint of the upcoming festival’s mood and focus, with the latest version reflecting the sense of intermingled film images. “The poster beautifully shows how individual shots are transformed as one follows another. In much the same way that colors change when they are mixed, shots edited into a sequence also take on new meanings,” says Holubcová about the festival’s new design. She goes on to add, “… and this applies, for instance, to the films screened at our festival as well as to the images that surround us all – morning, noon, and night.”

However, a film shot does not only lead to questions about what it shows, but also about what it does not show. “Filming a shot is subject to rules, to what is considered customary, and to final intentions. For example, the golden ratio, the desire to capture attention, or the longing to have emotional impact. In all cases, that which remains outside the shot remains unsaid,” according to Holubcová.

“And when Juraj Horváth playfully mentions ‘extracted shots, hasty concluding thoughts’, I would like to add that today we need documentary film more than ever before. As has been demonstrated by the recent news about the possible manipulation of the election in the USA, numerous cyberattacks, and the intentional dissemination of untruths and half-truths (not only on the Internet), documentaries are a way in which viewers can obtain sufficient information to reach their own conclusions. These are specifically the types of films that Ji.hlava has always striven to find. And we will continue in this endeavor even during the next decade,” concludes Holubcová reassuringly.

You can find the poster ih higher resolution HERE.