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Docu Talents from the East 2021 – selection announced!



Eight remarkable documentary projects in post-production from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia made it to the 17th edition of Docu Talents from the East 2021. Since 2005, Docu Talents has served as a launchpad for a number of documentaries from the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The presentations will take place at Cinelink Industry Days at Sarajevo Film Festival on August 14–19. The most promising project will receive 5,000 USD cash prize in partnership with Current Time TV.




Ji.hlava at Cannes: Back to ”normal”?

The upcoming Cannes Docs at Marché du Film will host the unveiling of the fresh East West Index survey, which maps the representation of various regions at festivals worldwide. It will be followed by a discussion with EMERGING PRODUCERS entitled Back to “normal”? How the pandemic affected the unbalanced regional representation at film festivals (June 12 from 4PM at Marina Stage in the Riviera and online on Ji.hlava IDFF’s site and facebook). Ji.hlava’s director Marek Hovorka will be speaker of the Marché du Film’s Festivals Hub (July 8 at 10AM) and Cannes will also be the place where the 18 up-and-coming EMERGING PRODUCERS 2022 will be announced, so stay tuned!




Nominations for the Doc Alliance Award 2021


The programmers and directors of seven key European documentary festivals (CPH:DOX, Doclisboa, Docs Against Gravity FF, DOK Leipzig, FIDMarseille, Ji.hlava IDFF, and Visions du Réel) put their heads together to select significant documentary works that shined at their last editions. A selection from the 14 nominated films is available on on July 5–18, and the Award ceremony will take place on July 13 during the Doc Day Luncheon at Marché du Film.








Get support for your film from the Ji.hlava Film Fund!



The Ji.hlava Film Fund, which provides in-kind grants totaling 20,000 EUR for visual and sound post-production of documentaries, opened doors for applications! Films originating in all European countries are eligible for support. We are primarily looking for projects with a unique authorial style and focus on contemporary and thought-provoking themes. Ji.hlava Film Fund's partners are UPP, Soundsquare, and the Center for Documentary Film. The deadline for submissions is July 31.








The visual of the jubilee 25th Ji.hlava was unveiled



This year's visual identity is an invitation to dream – because if we don’t, things would be rigid and mechanical. Courage and joy only grow out of dreams,” says Ji.hlava IDFF’s Director, Marek Hovorka. The Ji.hlava 2021 poster was unveiled this week in an orchard planted by the festival organizers two years ago in Jihlava. The visuals were created by the award-winning book graphic designer and artist, Juraj Horváth, who has been the author of the festival’s original graphic style for the last twenty years. Now, check out this year's Ji.hlava style








Film submissions are still open



Film submissions to the 25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (October 26–31) are still open. We accept feature-length and short films, animated and interactive documentaries. The deadline for rough cuts and films that have so far not had a festival world premiere is July 31. Submit your films here.








IDF and DAE present a study on the movements of CEE projects



The aim of the survey Movements of Central and Eastern European Projects via European Documentary Markets, conducted by the Institute of Documentary Film and Documentary Association of Europe, was to map the circulation of Central and Eastern European projects through European film markets and the access of CEE projects to international partners. Read more and download the survey in pdf.




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