Prizes of this Festival year:
- Best Central European Documentary Film 2005
- Best Czech Documentary Film 2005
- Audience Award
- Contribution to World Cinema
Also this year will competitive section called Between the Seas present a large cinematic mosaic featuring the most interesting projects from Austria, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. An international jury will then decide which nominated film to award the Best Central European Documentary Prize.
Characteristics, Specifics, Funnel
The central symbol of the Jihlava Festival is a funnel. In addition to its traditional uses, we can also listen or look through a funnel. No matter which end we put to our eye, we always see the same world differently! The funnel becomes a metaphor for perception and for bringing alive one's thinking which is how the organisers intend the festival to work. This attitude is reflected in the festival's central motto: "THINKING THROUGH FILM!" The festival's scope is in principle open while at the same time selectively focusing on the essential. It consistently follows Czech, Central European, and the world documentary scene. The festival's programming is not constrained by theme or technology. The only important thing is the quality of films selected from across time and space. The programme directors view the documentary film category as openly as possible: through selected works of cinema, they try to capture the diverse contemporary openness of thinking and the variety of creative approaches - from strictly traditional to maverick experiments.
The festival's main accompanying event is the publicly open East European Forum (Pitching Forum) - the first meeting of East-European documentary filmmakers and significant European commissioning editors where the filmmakers and independent producers offer their topics for realization. East European Forum is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film (www.dokweb.net) in co-operation with the IDFF Jihlava (www.dokument-festival ) and European Documentary Network (www.edn.dk )
During the festival days, Jihlava turns into more than just a screening venue - it becomes a truly vibrant centre of inspiring encounters, discussions, and confrontations - among films, between films and spectators, and between spectators themselves. The event abounds in post-screening discussions, conversations in cinema lobbies, and articles in the excellent festival catalogue and newsletter (the daily guide through the cinemas and the film canisters piled up inside). There are book readings, concerts, theatre performances and other happenings for eyes sore from viewing.
586 01 Jihlava
Tel: +420 608 18 30 48
Fax: +420 567 333 812
110 01 Prague 1
Tel: +420 775 21 25 40
For more information about the 1st DocMarket focused on Documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe EAST SILVER : www.eastsilver.net