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 Truth about Killer Robots won the category A Testimony on Knowledge. What will today have to offer? Milan Kundera in emigration; euthanasia and a discussion about the crisis of the political left.
At this year’s Ji.hlava, 161 films are competing in the competition sections. A Testimony on Knowledge now has its winner – The Truth about Killer Robots by Maxim Pozdorovkin. ‘We didn’t just select this film because of the craft that went into it, but also because it’s concerned with certain dilemmas that are quickly becoming very relevant to our civilisation,’ said the jury, which was comprised of the scientist Jan Lukačevič, philosopher Jaroslav Peregrin and Petr Vašát, who is an expert in poverty studies. ‘There were many interesting films with a strong message in the competition. We feel that it’s important to draw attention to Every Tear by the Belgian director Sarah Vanagt, which the jury appreciated for its unique approach to its subject matter,’ the jury added.