Bianca-Olivia Nita
Bianca is a freelance journalist and documentary critic. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.

JIHLAVA: We opened all competitions to hybrid and fiction films with a documentary approach because many are inspiring and provoking – and we want to be inspired and provoked.

What is the focus of this year’s edition? Do you have a theme for the films selected in the festival this year?

We usually don’t work with themes because we feel they are reductionist for how rich documentaries are. But there are new sections and programs starting this year. For example, we opened all competitions to hybrid films and fiction films with a documentary approach, and we have three new thematic competitive sections called “Testimony” dedicated to films about politics, nature and knowledge. We also have also one special section for first feature length films.

Why these sections?

The section for first feature length films is a response to the fact that up to 70 % of European filmmakers will end up not continuing working and making a second film, so we want to support them start their career. And we opened all competitions to hybrid and fiction films with a documentary approach because many are inspiring and provoking and we want to be inspired and provoked.

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