Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival director Marek Hovorka has introduced a new festival concept for its 25th edition. This year, Ji.hlava IDFF will feature a main competition section comprising up to 18 feature films screened in world, international and European premieres.
In addition to the new competition concept, there will also be changes to the award structure. adding accolades for the best cinematography, editing, and sound design. At the same time, outstanding formats (i.e. film essay) will also be highlighted. Additionally, awards to the most significant debut film and film from Central and Eastern Europe will be given with the festival’s traditional sections «First Lights» and «Between the Seas» becoming a part of the main competition.
Ji.hlava will also offer three other categories: «Fascinations» for the best experimental films, «Testimonies» for the best films with political, ecological or scientific themes, and the traditional national competition «Czech Joy».
“I’ve always considered it a pity how many talented and exceptional professionals have not been rewarded for their documentary work. Documentary cinematographers, editors, sound engineers and producers are only rarely recognised, even at the level of national film awards. And also with regard to American or European Academy Awards, it seldom happens that these professionals are nominated alongside feature filmmakers. This isn’t fair and we are determined to encourage the change,” explains Hovorka on Ji.hlava’s new structure paying tribute to documentary proffesionals.
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