The 22nd edition of the annual Ji.hlava IDFF has closed its doors. The attendance figures grew by almost one thousand year-on-year – this year, the Ji.hlava IDFF attracted over five thousand festival pass holders. The total audiences at the screenings was over forty thousand. Festival programme showcased 327 films in eight screening halls, hosting almost two hundred discussion sessions. In January, films from the Czech Joy starts its tour of Czech cinemas, and throughout the next year, Echoes of the 22nd Ji.hlava IDFF will take place outside the Czech Republic.
The 22nd Ji.hlava knows its winners. Enclosed World by Karel Žalud was chosen as the Best Czech Documentary Film, and the existential Vacancy got the Best World Documentary Award. In Between the Seas section, the Romanian Timebox became the winner, and the Argentinean Owner´s Portrait, a documentary essay, was awarded as the Best Debut Documentary Film. Last but not least, the French director Jean-Luc Godard, who is also the author of this year´s festival jingle, was awarded the Achievement in World Cinema Award.
The twenty-second iteration of the festival has two days left to go. Tonight, the winners will be announced, and you are invited to visit Brave New Worlds and try out virtual reality tomorrow.