Ji.hlava IDFF: Special Online Edition

Known as one of the largest documentary film festivals in Central and Eastern Europe, Ji.hlava IDFF is set to take place online this year from 27 October to 8 November. Over the next few days, we’ll be bringing you exclusive festival content. You can watch our diverse program of selected films from the competition sections, film experiments, and special thematic sections.

Every year, the festival presents a wide range of creative documentaries from both Central and Eastern Europe and worldwide. In its regular and accompanying sections, you’ll find a selection of the best in world cinema. This year whilst in digital asylum, the festival aims to inspire film and provoke discussion on today's hot topics. One of the main themes that will run through the festival’s sections this year will be that of “Home.” At a time when the festival itself was forced to leave its hometown of Jihlava (Czech Republic) due to the pandemic, this topic is becoming all the more important. What does home mean to us? What does it feel like to return home? What causes alienation? And this is only just the beginning of what you can expect from this year’s festival program.

You can look forward to a new selection of films every week during the festival. The first batch of films will be available to watch until 1 November while the second selection will be available until 8 November.

Festival sections:

Opus Bonum
A competition section for the documentary films from all around the world.

First Lights
A competition section for the debut feature length documentary film from all around the world.

Between the Seas
A competition section for the countries and nations of Central and Eastern Europe, including their historical, political, and cultural interrelationships.

Short Joy
Watch Short Joy films for free in separated program now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.

Czech Joy
A competition for the best Czech documentary.

A section for experimental filmmaking that takes films based on reality and strips them of all that weighs them down, thus significantly expanding the possibilities of filmic expression.

A selection of films that capture the current state of the world from various angles.

A selection of films, that last year shone on world documentary skies. We introduce carefully selected titles from other film festivals.

Fascinations: Garden
An experimental retrospective on the phenomenon of gardens. The garden is one of the popular motives, metaphors and visual inspirations in the film avant-garde.

The Ji.hlava Industry programme is accessible for film accredited film professionals (accreditation is free).

The festival's unique dicsussion platform – the Inspiration Forum is streaming on the festival's FB page.

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