26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Projects selected for presentation at Sarajevo FF 2022 within Cinelink Industry Days

Poster of this year’s Ji.hlava IDFF unveiled

The visual identity of the 26th Ji.hlava IDFF has been revealed! Its concept invites us to joyfully discover new and creative approaches to the world around. The author of the visuals, Juraj Horváth, is an award-winning book graphic designer and illustrator who has been the creator of the festival’s visual identity for over two decades.. The 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival will take place on October 25 to 30, 2022 in Jihlava and move online for the 2 following weeks. “We want to make the live part of Ji.hlava into an experience, full of stimulating input and inspiring encounters, followed by an online part that brings documentaries not only to those who can make it to Jihlava,” says the director of the Ji.hlava IDFF, Marek Hovorka. What will this year’s Ji.hlava look like? The festival’s traditional visual identity created for the upcoming festival edition can give us a pre-taste. “This year’s Ji.hlava‘s visuals capture the joy of discovering our creative presence in the world,” says Marek Hovorka. “Juraj Horváth physically encodes life, his everyday experience, meetings, thoughts in the latest festival poster. Rather than an eye it resembles a retina, on which all perceptions are inscribed as if on a screen”. The renowned graphic designer Juraj Horváth has been behind the Ji.hlava’s visual identity for over twenty years, and is author of the celebrated EMERGING PRODUCERS catalogues and other Ji.hlava’s visuals. The Ji.hlava 2021 festival catalogue recently came third in a competition for the Most Beautiful Book of the Year in the Czech Republic. Horváth is also the author of the traditional “poster poem”. This time it is depicting a “left eye inked with indigo” and a “shadow of a moving probe / followed by the camera”. June 23, 2022 [galerie169] The poster poem by Juraj Horváth A Posteriori Explosion of light on the retina Left eye inked with indigo Fixed, not blinking A smudged image The shadow of a moving probe Followed by the camera As time goes by I place under the matrix Hairpins, seeds Contours of faces, bodies Signs to decipher Without the help of machines Only by touch Fingertips and palms I exert pressure And create Layer by layer I go with the flow I make fire in the stove I'm surrounded With samples, paints and tools Everything has its place I pick them up repeatedly I use them And then I clean up I often do nothing Silence I'm waiting I step out Apricots are in bloom At moments like these I'm not watching the news Answering the phone Thinking about you Or about the war

Jan Švankmajer‘s latest film Kunstkamera in a world premiere at the 26th Ji.hlava IDFF

Jan Švankmajer‘s latest film Kunstkamera invites us to rejoice at discovering new things. The two-hour director’s cut will be presented at this year’s Ji.hlava IDFF in a world premiere. The film showcases an exceptional art collection created by the renowned surrealist, visual artist, filmmaker as well as writer, Jan Švankmajer, on his chateau in Horní Staňkov. The historical experience says that each kunstkamera made until today was sold or stolen or destroyed after the death of its creator,” says Jan Švankmajer who is turning eighty this year. “For example, the collection by Rudolf II, and most recently the kunstkamera of André Breton. These are unique documents illustrating the level of imagination of people in the relevant period. Official museums can’t replace these collections because they lack the personal commitment. I have realized that my collection will undoubtedly meet the same fate and that’s why I decided to use at least the film medium to document the level of imagination of the contemporary people (remnants of the world of magic),” adds the director. „Instead of merely creating a descriptive catalogue of artefacts,“ says producer Jaromír Kallista, “we decided to make a film with an added value of Švankmajer‘s imaginative view in the sequence of objects and interpretation, and not only the verbal one, of his kunstkamera. The film strives to spread the magical atmosphere of collections at the Staňkovský chateau. Following the Alchemical Furnace, Kunstkamera will logically top up our joint filmmaking production. There is nothing else to shoot at our age,” adds Jaromír Kallista. June 23, 2022

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Ji.hlava New Visions Forum: Europe

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Echoes of Ji.hlava in Vienna:
May 9–11, 2022


Female Voices in Film Production

IDF Industry Session with EMERGING PRODUCERS 2022

Echoes of Ji.hlava

In March in New York, France, Belgium and Romania
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
Kudy z nudy