24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Inspiration Forum is a discussion platform that takes place during the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. Over the course of six days, it explores six topics that resonate in today’s world. Through debates, lectures, and interviews, we look at important subjects of present and future, engage in dialogue and together initiate new topics for documentary films, journalistic and literary texts, and other art forms.
October 27 – November 1, 2020
6 days / 6 topics / over 30 debates / 100 guests / more than 6000 visitors
More than debates
Each day, Inspiration Forum focuses on examining one topic from various perspectives. In addition to a panel discussion, it features unconventional formats such as Inner World, in which artists share their inspirations in life and work, or Documentary Dialogue, which opens a discussion about controversial issues. The main program is further developed through following projects:
IF NEWS / Workshop during which students of journalism learn from the professionals in the field and work on texts reflecting the festival events.
Tales of Today’s World / Children’s discussion program, which is organized in collaboration with the Center for Documentary Film, explains the Inspiration Forum topics in language that the children can understand.
Screenshot / A podcast series that highlights the most interesting ideas of the past Inspiration Forum, examines various social phenomena and helps to assemble a comprehensive picture of today.
„We are already and will remain all in the same boat.“ – Zygmunt Bauman –
» God & Co. | Church In an Accelerated World
» Woman in Change | Inspiration for the Third Millennium
» Re:democracy | New Models for the Future
» Climageddon | How to Make Politicians Act
» How Not to Be Afraid? | State of the World and the Effective Role of the Individual
» Made in China | From Confucius to Xi Jinping
Inspiration Forum 2019 in numbers
The ninth edition of Inspiration Forum was attended by 6062 visitors, out of which 468 visitors were not accredited for the Ji.hlava IDFF. Over 6 days we examined 6 topics in 33 program blocks. 7 debates were programmed in cooperation with partners.
We welcomed 102 guests, who arrived from 19 countries. Besides European countries, such as Poland, Hungary, Croatia and Great Britain, our speakers were also from Afghanistan, Brazil and the United States.
Guests about Inspiration Forum
„Thank you! I thought it was superbly organized, and I truly enjoyed the interaction with the big crowd that attended. Thanks to your fine staff for taking good care of me!“
– Bill McKibben –
„I would like to express my admiration and thanks to you for trying not to put the renowned guests on pedestal, but include a variety of speakers from different backgrounds.“
– Miriam Kanioková –
„Discussions going beyond specific domains (such as films or machine learning) are very beneficial for everyone. What I enjoyed about Jihlava the most is the openness and diversity of topics. It was a really great experience!“
– Aleksandra Przegalinska –
„Answers to seemingly intractable societal problems can only come from a diversity of places. Culture is the convening place for such diversity and the Inspiration Forum is an outstanding example of a curated space to start solving those problems.“
– Neal Lawson –