Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival Seeks Entries


The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is seeking entries from filmmakers around the world into six competition sections for its festival programme set to hold from October 27 to November 1, 2015 in Jihlava, Czech Republic.

The festival awards prizes for entries in six categories: the best international documentaries, the best Central and Eastern European documentaries, the best Czech documentaries, the best experimental documentaries, the best documentary debuts films, and the best short documentary films.

The event will feature competitive and noncompetitive exhibits, experimental film screenings, workshops and debates, seminars, panel discussions, concerts and professional training activities.

There will be two cash prizes – EUR7,500 (US$8,133) and EUR5,500 (US$5,964) respectively – for the best Central and Eastern European documentaries and the best Czech documentaries categories. Competitive films must have been produced after September 1, 2014. Submissions in languages other than English, German, French and Russian should include a translation in one of these languages.

The deadline to submit films produced in 2015 is June 30, 2015. Rough cuts of films can be submitted by July 31, 2015.

The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival is a celebration of creative documentary film and the greatest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. Documentary films are viewed primarily as unique artworks dealing with significant themes. The festival represents an artifact inspiring a playful reflection of the world from various perspectives.

The Festival respects courage and risk and does not follow common festival models or have a routine, pragmatic approach to program selection.

The core of the festival programme consists of six competition sections:

  • Opus bonum – a selection of world documentaries introducing innovative topics and means of filmic expression,
  • Between the Seas – a showcase of remarkable films from Central and Eastern European countries,
  • Czech Joy – an overview of the latest Czech documentary production,
  • First Lights – a cross-section comprised of film debuts included in the world, Central and Eastern European or Czech competition sections at Jihlava IDFF,
  • Fascinations – focus on radical forms of documentary filmmaking – experimental film,
  • Short Joy – a selection of the best European documentary shorts.

Other programme sections present the current events on the Czech and international documentary scene. Reality.tv focuses on non-traditional TV reality shows, Doc-fi explores the boundary between documentary and fiction filmmaking, numerous Master Classes provide the opportunity to discuss the principles of filmmaking work with remarkable authors, and Translucent Beings bring retrospective profiles of prominent filmmakers.

The Festival also includes a varied Industry section including the successful Emerging Producers project launched in 2012 and focusing on the upcoming generation of talented European documentary film producers and the Inspiration Forum platform for open discussion on new topics and perspectives of documentary film which the festival has been organizing since 2011.

The Festival also includes the competition exhibition of the Best Festival Posters and other industry activities.

It traditionally includes a market targeted at the Central and Eastern European region, East Silver Market, and the Ex Oriente Film workshop.

For more information, visit http://www.dokument-festival.com/.