27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Ji.hlava New Visions Forum: Europe 2022

The event is dedicated to the new generation of European producers, new formats, innovative trends, and visions for the future. The programme is open to diverse audiovisual formats.

Ji.hlava New Visions Forum: Europe 2022

The Forum featured 16 European projects in development as well as in production and post-production. The selected projects included diverse genres and audiovisual formats – such as fiction films with documentary aspects, hybrid, cinema expanded, experimental and short films.

Winners of Ji.hlava Industry Awards
➤ About Ji.hlava New Visions 2022
➤ Schedule
➤ Jury
➤ Awards
Selected Projects 2022
History

About Ji.hlava New Visions 2022

The projects were presented by the director-producer pair along with a preview of the upcoming film. The pitchings took place on October 27 and 28 and each day was followed a feedback talk.

All presentations were available both in person and online to the Ji.hlava industry accreditation holders.

Ji.hlava New Visions Forum featured also ten U.S. produced projects. Find more information here.

This year we introduced a number of awards granted to the most promising projects presented at the Forum – in cooperation with our partners AmDocs, UPP, Soundsquare, DAFilms.com, Taskovski Films, Cannes Docs – Marché du Film, Documentary Association of Europe, and European Film Market.    

The Ji.hlava New Visions Market featured additional 24 European films looking for co-productions. Its authors were available for meetings with Ji.hlava industry guests. Projects selected for both Forum and Market had an opportunity to take part in the Ji.hlava Matchmaking Accelerator, which featured several hundred accredited film professionals – festival representatives, curators, distributors, sales agents, commissioning editors and journalists from across the world.

Schedule

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

7:30 – 9:00 PM | Industry Hub
EMERGING PRODUCERS 2023
 / Public presentation of the participants of the 11th edition of the program. Followed by a networking drink.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Industry Hub
JI.HLAVA NEW VISIONS FORUM – EUROPE
 / Pitching of European projects in development and production

12:30 – 13:00 PM | Industry Hub
JI.HLAVA NEW VISIONS FORUM – EUROPE
 / Feedback Talk with experts

7:00 – 9:00 PM | Industry Hub
JI.HLAVA NEW VISIONS FORUM – U.S. Docs
 / Pitching of U.S. projects in development, production and post-production

Friday, October 28, 2022

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Industry Hub
JI.HLAVA NEW VISIONS FORUM – EUROPE
 / Pitching of European projects in production and post-production

12:30 – 13:00 PM | Industry Hub
JI.HLAVA NEW VISIONS FORUM – EUROPE
 / Feedback Talk with experts

7:00 – 9:00 PM | Industry Hub
Industry Awards Ceremony

Jury

Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Berlin International Film Festival, Italy
Michael Rogosin, film producer, USA
Ewa Szablowska, Artistic Director of New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland

Awards

Ji.hlava New Visions Award 2022 for the most promising European project in cooperation with UPP and Soundsquare

  • The visual effects and post-production house UPP will provide an in-kind grant for visual post-production modelled to the needs of the award-winning film in the estimated value of 15,000 EUR (1 day online, 4 days grading, DCP Cinema Master, TV Master).
  • The sound studio and post-production company Soundsquare will offer sound mixing and a final sound master in the estimated value of 5,000 EUR.

DAFilms.com Award at Ji.hlava New Visions Forum 2022

  • 5.000 EUR in-kind distribution package covering an online release on DAFilms.com (including Americas, Europe, Asia) for two years.
  • Films can be geo-blocked as necessary and the distribution made available whenever the filmmaker desires (typically at the end of its festival run)
  • Marketed as ‘A DAFilms Release’ at time of distribution on the platform
  • Includes extensive promotion and marketing activities (film profiles, new texts, press release, newsletter, social media, digital marketing campaigns)
  • Possibility for online conversation with filmmaker on DAFilms Live at time of release
  • Eligible for European projects

#Docs Connect Taskovski training award at Ji.hlava New Visions Forum 2022

  • Mentorship and consultancy on the festival, marketing and distribution strategy for the winning project
  • Eligible for both European and U.S. projects

Cannes Docs - Marché du Film Award at Ji.hlava New Visions Forum 2022

  • Two complimentary Marché du Film badges & selection as a Cannes Docs 2023 'Spotlighted Project'
  • Eligible for both European and U.S. projects

EFM Award at Ji.hlava New Visions Forum 2022

  • 2 EFM market badges and an EFM consultation session
  • Eligible for both European and U.S. projects

DAE Award at Ji.hlava New Visions Forum 2022

  • Free memberships for one year for the director(s) and producer(s) and a tailor-made consultancy session with DAE senior consultants.
  • Eligible for both European and U.S. projects

 

Ji.hlava New Visions Forum and Market
is held as part of the Visegrad Accelerator.

Partners of Ji.hlava New Visions Awards

       
 

 

SELECTED PROJECTS 2022

DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION

 

1+1+1

 

A FAREWELL TO SNOW – A FILM TRILOGY

     
 

BASEMENT 341

 

CLICK THE LINK BELOW

     
 

FOREST

 

HOLDING MAWDA

     
 

HUN TUN

 

SUBTERRANEA

 

DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCTION

 

DABRUNEBA

 

IF I EVER LOSE MY EYES

     
 

IN THE END OF THE WORLD. DARKNESS: REDEMPTION

 

METRO 2022

     
 

PREEMPTIVE LISTENING

 

RED SKIES

     
 

SINNERMEN

 

THE GREAT NOTHING

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PRODUCTION & POST-PRODUCTION

1+1+1
Director: Ondřej Vavrečka
Producer: Vít Janeček
Country: Czech Republic
Runtime: 75’
Estimated date of premiere: 2023

Synopsis: The playful film 1+1+1, shot on classical (old fashioned?) 16mm medium, deals with the idea of progress. Progress is an issue that is becoming more and more pressing in the times of crisis evolving towards crisis evolving towards crisis – maybe a progress of crisis? With a leap in the technologisation of life, inequalities and various tensions are also growing. We love progress, improvements, advancement, and growth. Is there a space for more love? The film combines situational acting with the joyful elements of a musical and meetings of writers and intellectuals in their daily environment.

Production Company: D1film

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A FAREWELL TO SNOW – A FILM TRILOGY
Director: Sanni Priha
Producer: Tuuli Penttinen-Lampisuo
Country: Finland
Runtime: 29’
Estimated date of premiere: 2024

Synopsis: As the snow line has retreated further and further north, the increasing internal migration in Finland is southward. Thus, a new generation has been born in a short period of time, for whom identifying animals from snow tracks or playing in the snow are inaccessible – a kind of ethnography and exoticism of the North. The snow trilogy preserves for future generations the affects, knowledge, customs and plays that are disappearing as the snow melts. In parallel, new ways of relating to our nonhuman companions are emerging.

Production Company: Poike Productio

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BASEMENT 341
Director: Roman Blazhan
Producer: Roman Blazhan
Country: Ukraine
Runtime: 90’
Estimated date of premiere: December 2023

Synopsis: On the 3rd of March, Russian troops entered the village of Yahidne. All 341 residents of Yahidne, including 77 children, were locked in a 160 square meters school basement, where they spent 26 days. They had less than half a square meter per person. One of the villagers kept a diary during these days. Now the village is coming back to life, with an unspoken question: what do we do with this experience, how do we live with this memory? And what if memory is wrong. The diary is a key to this collective puzzle of trauma.

Production Company: Minimal Movie

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CLICK THE LINK BELOW
Director: Audun Amundsen
Producer: Audun Amundsen
Countries: Germany, Norway, United Kingdom
Runtime: 90’
Estimated date of premiere: December 2023

SynopsisClick The Link Below is about the murky world of online money-making gurus. Some people are living extravagant lives in luxury while others are lost in broken dreams and fear of missing out on the next big thing. Norwegian filmmaker Audun Amundsen had been living for years in the Indonesian Jungle. Back in Norway, he returns to homelessness and the economic crisis. He is tired of being poor in a rich country, and starts looking for solutions online. His desperate pursuit for economic freedom turns into a deep dive behind the façade of a peculiar world.

Production Company: GonzoDocs AS

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FOREST
Director: Lidia Duda
Producer: Adrianna Rędzia
Country: Poland
Runtime: 72’
Estimated date of premiere: 2024

Synopsis: Right after college, Joanna and Marek left the city and escaped to their own paradise – they bought an old house in Bialowieza Primeval Forest. Since then, three children came into the world. They have a happy childhood, a loving mother and a caring father. But one day the forest as they knew it changed. Strangers appeared in it, people they have not known before. Cold, often sick, hungry, lost... The children's home became a storeroom of gifts for the migrants. During a child's conversation the word WAR appears.

Production Company: Aura Films

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HOLDING MAWDA
Director: Robin Vanbesien
Producer: Robin Vanbesien
Country: Belgium
Runtime: 90’
Estimated date of premiere: 2024

Synopsis: In 2018, two-year-old Mawda Shawri was shot dead by a police officer during amigration border control intervention in Belgium. We listen to an off-screen gathering of citizens on a collective quest for social justice, while the forensic site of the lethal crime – a major highway near the Belgium-France border – is visually and acoustically reimagined. Searching for a sound-image with haptic and dissonant qualities, the film explores the space supportive of the attention such a case demands.

Production Company: timely

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HUN TUN
Director: Magdalena Hejzlarová
Producer: Karolína Davidová
Countries: Czech Republic, France, Hungary
Runtime: 15’
Estimated date of premiere: 2023

Synopsis: Hun Tun was an ancient emperor of chaos. He was both admirable and scary. Life with him was beautifully unbearable. In Chinese mythology, the world is born out of Hun Tun's dying body. Magdalena is an ordinary millennial. Her life is full of little twists and adventures: work, friends and love. But now she has only one mission – to get her sleep back. The harder she tries, the more she gets stuck. It is only when she sees the chaos in her life clearly that things change. And suddenly, there are other people with their own “chaos”. Hun Tun starts losing power over Magdalena.

Production Company: 13ka

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SUBTERRANEA
Director: Valeria Mazzucchi
Producer: Irene Muñoz Martin
Country: Switzerland
Runtime: 40’
Estimated date of premiere: 2024

SynopsisSubterranea questions our relationship to our surroundings via a poetic journey that connects emotions with subterranean spaces. Its starting point is the experience of a group of people who participate in the “work that reconnects” workshops, a practice of eco-psychology intended to cope with what is defined by the media as the psychic evil of the century: eco-anxiety. Subterranea proposes an immersive cathartic journey, searching for a reconnection between ourselves and “nature”.

Production Company: Futur Proche

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PRODUCTION & POST-PRODUCTION

DABRUNEBA
Director: Mar Garro Lleonart
Producers: Alba Sotorra Clua, Paloma Bercovich
Country: Spain
Runtime: 80’
Estimated date of premiere: 2023

Synopsis: Sofiko's life is about to turn upside down. At the age of 24 and after getting engaged to her boyfriend Akaki, she is thinking of returning to her home country, Georgia. But first, she decides to retrace the migration path that brought her from Tbilisi to Barcelona 18 years ago. The people, landscapes and borders she crosses on this journey, both physical and emotional, reflect the invisible consequences of a war that forced her parents to leave a place she still considers home.

Production Company: Alba Sotorra SL

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IF I EVER LOSE MY EYES
Director: Lea Petříková
Producer: Tomáš Pertold
Country: Czech Republic
Runtime: 70’
Estimated date of premiere: January 2023

Synopsis: A film journey through places near and far, real and dreamy, on the border between reality and fiction, where it is possible to learn how close the realm of the invisible lies and to contemplate whether it is possible to approach the invisible through film. Guides on this journey are various explorers who present their elusive experiences with researching and capturing imprints of the invisible – former filmmakers, a forgotten film movement, a local history expert, a mountaineer, a professor, and the director, Lea Petříková, herself. But the more they reveal, the more complicated it gets.

Production Company: Perfilm

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IN THE END OF THE WORLD. DARKNESS: REDEMPTION
Director: Abraham Escobedo-Salas
Producer: Abraham Escobedo-Salas
Countries: Mexico, Portugal
Runtime: 70’
Estimated date of premiere: 2023

Synopsis: Cecilio is a crack addict surviving on the fringes of society in Lisbon. He lives in the skeleton of the neighborhood Barrio 6 de Maio that has been pulverized. Displaced in a system that has little use for human frailty, Cecilio has no place to go, and so he finds himself in a permanent state of melancholy. While doing small drug deals, he tries to get out of the darkness, find a job, quit drugs, and reconnect with his family. With the help of friends, he tries to hold onto the positive side and steer away from self-destruction. Even the most desolate life has a touch of beauty, dignity, and solidarity.

Production Company: Flama Films

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METRO 2022
Director: Pavlo Dorohoi
Producer: Artem Pribylnov
Country: Ukraine
Runtime: 80’
Estimated date of premiere: 2023

Synopsis: ​From the first days of the war, the subway turned into a bomb shelter for many residents of Kharkiv. For three months, people are forced to stay underground 24 hours a day because of the daily shelling. The subway becomes their second home. Through the daily life of the station’s inhabitants, we show how people get used to living in an environment unsuitable for life, but safer than life on the surface. However, local authorities and the subway management want to vacate the subway and restart it as a transport network despite the daily shelling.

Production Company: Eden Production

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PREEMPTIVE LISTENING
Director: Aura Satz
Producer: Luke W Moody
Countries: United Kingdom, Finland
Runtime: 80’
Estimated date of premiere: October 2023

Synopsis: Nuclear accidents, tsunamis, tornados, floods, fires, melting ice caps, a global pandemic, the rise of populism and right wing demagogues. Twenty years of a new millennium has witnessed escalating political, man-made and ecological disasters – did we hear them coming? Were we warned of the crisis? Preemptive Listening is an audial centered essay film proposing a timely speculative re-imagining of sirens, alarms and emergency signals. In a series of thought-provoking, atmospheric and sensorially captivating vignettes, it will blend documentary, sonic and visual poetry into non-narrative seque.

Production Company: LONO Studio

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RED SKIES
Director: Marina Thomé
Producer: Marcia Mansur
Country: Portugal
Runtime: 70’
Estimated date of premiere: 2025

Synopsis: While diving into the archives in search of human coexistence with unpredictability, Marina reshapes her life after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The film explores the audiovisual archives of natural disasters that occurred in the Azores, such as the eruption of the Capelinhos volcano in 1957 and the earthquake in 1980. In 2022, the archipelago experienced a seismic crisis and is in the imminence of volcanic eruptions. Through letters sent to her friend Elena in Brazil, she recounts her volcanic experience in a sensory narrative about death and beauty.

Production Company: Estúdio CRUA

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SINNERMEN
Director: Aleš Suk
Producer: Aleš Suk
Country: Croatia
Runtime: 80’
Estimated date of premiere: 2024

Synopsis: Each island is a world in itself. Susak is a geographical anomaly and a cultural anthropological phenomenon. The island has always been exposed to the wild sea, conquest, plunder and the trampling of fundamental rights, freedom and human dignity. After the end of WWII the militia took over the administration of the island, and with it came a tide of political pressure and atheism. The film is a testimony to an island whose fate was subject to temptation. Even today, fellow Sansigots walk quietly in slippers and are afraid of the dark..

Production Company: UKUS

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THE GREAT NOTHING
Directors: Vít Klusák, Marika Pecháčková
Producers: Pavla Klimešová, Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Country: Czech Republic
Runtime: 105’
Estimated date of premiere: March 2023

Synopsis: An essay about the Covid-19 pandemic: The crew filmed the empty city of Prague in March 2020 and continued to capture the events and the society’s behaviour for 2 years. Instead of "reporting" on the events, the film focuses on human stories, poetics of the time, bizarre images or important moments in society. It follows doctors in hospitals, anti-vaccine protesters or a mezzo-soprano who started working in a market. Due to the length, there was time to reflect on the pandemic and human behaviour itself. A time that has changed the pace of the world, and from which we will take a long time to recover. The question is: will we learn?

Production Company: Hypermarket Film

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HISTORY

Ministerstvo kultury
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Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
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Respekt
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