Festival of Czech Documentary Films

October 24 – 26,  1997

Five students of the Jihlava gymnasium, with Marek Hovorka in the lead, organized the Czech Documentary Festival at the local Dukla Cinema run by Petr Kubica. The spontaneous event was attended by a numerous audience and stirred great enthusiasm on the part of the invited filmmakers who held lively discussions with the viewers after the screenings. The significance of the festival was highlighted by the nomination for the prestigious Kristián Award 1997 for the most remarkable production activity of the year. The programme of the first edition lacked the adults only film Bloody News; not even the protagonists of the first festival trailer, made by director and actor Jiří Havelka, were allowed to watch it.


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