Main Competition Sections

Opus Bonum selects remarkable films representing the tendencies in world documentary. The jury comprises a single juror who picks up the most brilliant work (the winning film of 2016 was Spectres are haunting Europe; special mention Smiling on the Phone).

Between the Seas is a competition section representing the countries and nations of Central and Eastern Europe. It presents documentary thinking in the historical, political and cultural context of these countries (the winning film of 2016 was The Dazzling Light of Sunset; special mention Dialogue with Joseph).

Czech Joy is a prestigious selection of Czech documentaries. Rather than a mere competition for the best Czech film, it is a celebration of diversity in Czech cinematography. The jury comprises various personalities of Czech cultural and social life, a citizen of Jihlava and the winner of the past edition of Czech Joy. The jury of the Czech Joy competition in 2016 decided to grant the main prize to two films: FC Roma a Normal Autistic Film, the latter one was also granted by the student jury.

Short Joy is a selection of best documentary shorts – unique works exploring the possibilities and streghts of documentary film within a limited time framework (the winning film of 2016 was Ten Meter Tower).

First Lights – competition for fresh filmmakers (the winning film of 2016 was The Dazzling Light of Sunset, special mention Sea Tomorrow, student jury award The Things).


Experimental Competition Section

Fascinations – the competition display of experimental films annually presents unique approaches to the representation of reality. The jury traditionally comprises members of a family active in the field of film (the winning film of 2016 was Engram of Returning). is a survey of the latest Czech experimental films that touch upon reality and never cease in their search for new ways of expressing reality through classical and digital film. (the winning film of 2016 was De Potentia Dei).


Meetings with Filmmakers

Master Classes – as its essential part, Jihlava IDFF includes a variety of Master Classes with directors, cinematographers and producers. They open up a dialogue with crucial figures of the documentary scene thus providing a space for a deeper appreciation of documentary films.


  • Complete programme of the 21st edition of Jihlava IDFF will be announced at the beginning of October.