12th Ji.hlava International
Documentary Film Festival

October 24 – 29, 2008

The festival catalogue shining with bright colours and their X-ray variations evoked the diversity of perspectives and the ability of documentary filmmaking to see things differently, to look within and beyond. Festival visitors could enter the fascinating world of experimental cinema with the Fascinations competition section showcasing experimental documentary titles of up to 30 minutes. For the first time, Festival Identity brought together representatives of numerous festivals from all corners of the world including Yamagata in Japan, Swiss Nyon and Canadian Hot Docs. Seven leading European documentary events joined forces under the Doc Alliance banner with the aim to support creative documentary cinema. The number of accredited guests reached 2 600 and the festival guest service was burgled. The legendary American documentarian Frederick Wiseman came to Jihlava to look back at the forty years of his creative film work and to accept the Contribution to World Cinema award.


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