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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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First Lights

Petr Borkovec

section: First Lights
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
rogramme director at Café Fra. As a columnist he contributes to Full Moon and Host magazines, Czech Radio Vltava, iliteratura.cz server and Slovakian revue Fraktál. Since 1990, he has published fifteen books of poetry, fiction and children’s stories. One of his latest publications was the story collection Lido di Dante (2017), collection of poetry A Herbarium for Something Worse (2018) and fiction Petříček Sellier & Petříček Bellot (2019). His upcoming book of stories Sebrat klacek is scheduled for publication this year. He translates poetry of the likes of V. Khodasevich, V. Nabokov, J. Brodsky, Y. Odarchenko.

Christopher Small

section: First Lights
edition: 2020
country: United Kingdom
Christopher is a writer, filmmaker, and programmer, originally from the United Kingdom and currently based in Prague. He is the Project Manager of the Locarno Critics Academy, a respected workshop in film criticism that runs during Locarno Film Festival. Christopher curated Sheffield Doc/Fest's 2020 retrospective strand, Reimagining the Land, in online and physical form, and is a member of the festival’s core programming team.

Matej Sotník

section: First Lights
edition: 2020
country: Slovakia
Matej Sotník co-founded and leads a Slovak distribution company Film Expanded, within which he focuses on distribution strategies for documentary films, marketing and fundraising and organizes the Echoes of Ji.hlava in Bratislava. He studied audiovisual studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, screenwriting at the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica, and spent a semester at Department of Documentary Film at FAMU. With documentary filmmakers Marek Šulík and Miro Remo, he founded alternative distribution platform Documentary on Wheels. He is a member of an editorial board and head of a film section of an engaged monthly magazine Kapitál. Currently he is producing a documentary debut of Paula Ďurinová called Interiors.

Between the Seas

Adrien Genoudet

section: Between the Seas
edition: 2020
country: France
Adrien Genoudet is a writer, filmmaker and researcher in visual history. He lives and works in Paris. Doctorate in visual arts and cinema, he was Temporary Teaching and Research Associate from 2016 to 2019 at the College de France ; He teaches cinema, history and visual arts at Sciences Po Paris and at the European School of Image. He is the author of novel, essays and of several films presented in art centers and festivals. In 2017, he won the first prize of the Fondation Hugot du Collège de France for all of his work. Since October 2018, he has been editor-in-chief of the current history review Entre-Temps.

Tomáš Michálek

section: Between the Seas
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
He graduated from FAMU’s Production Department under the leadership of Jaromír Kallista, the producer of Jan Švankmajer’s films. In 2011 he co-founded MasterFilm, where he produced feature films Totally Talking (Karlovy Vary IFF), Bear with Us (Karlovy Vary 2018), documentaries Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček and The Czech Way, which were selected for several international film festivals. He also produced short films Shadow over Prague and experimental film The Return of the Dinosaurs. In 2016 he finished the last film by Czech New Wave director Jan Němec The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street. He also produced short animation Fruits of Clouds by Katerina Karhanková. Last year he completed two films dedicated to famous Czechoslovak New Wave DoP Jaroslav Kučera, A Journal and Jaroslav Kučera - A Portrait.

Madeline Robert

section: Between the Seas
edition: 2020
country: Switzerland
Madeline Robert is the Head of Industry of Visions du Réel. She has been working for the festival since 2015, as a member of the selection committee and a special advisor of the artistic director. Based in France, in the Documentary Village of Lussas, she is also a producer. Her production company Les Films de la caravane mainly produces documentary debuts. In 2012, she took part in setting up the Doc Corner, a space dedicated to documentary films within the Cannes Festival Film Market. Since its creation, she has been involved the SVOD platform, Tënk.

Jasmina Sijerčić

section: Between the Seas
edition: 2020
country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Originally from Bosnia, she studied in Prague, first International Relations at the University of Economics and went on to study Film Production at Prague’s FAMU. She spent a year at University of Sorbonne in Paris at the Cinema Studies Department after which she decided to move to France. She joined documentary production company ISKRA where she worked as an executive producer. In 2014 she started to collaborate with Bocalupo Films, a production company also based in Paris, as an independent producer. Feature film UNE HISTOIRE AMERICAINE was her first project as a producer within Bocalupo Films, followed by experimental documentary feature DEAD SLOW AHEAD that premiered in Locarno IFF and won a Special Jury Award. Since then she has continued to produce fiction and documentary films, mostly in international co-production.

Lina Zacher

section: Between the Seas
edition: 2020
country: Germany
Lina Zacher studied Art Pedagogy at the Burg Giebichenstein University for Art and Design in Halle (Germany). In 2015 she founded the MIO intercultural multimedia programme together with Delphine Bishop, providing facilities for young talents. Today she is working as an independent filmmaker and artist in Germany, Madagascar and the Philippines. Lina Zacher's debut film "Fonja", which was shot by youth prisoners in Madagasgar's largest juvenile detention center, won Best World Documentary in Jihlava IDFF in 2019, the Up & Coming Award in Vienna (This Human World), the Cinegate Prize at the IFFC in Cologne and Best Documentary at the Sehsüchte festival in Berlin

Czech Joy

Jindřiška Bláhová

section: Czech Joy
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Film critic, historian and an educator. Editor at the Respekt Weekly and editor-in-chief of film magazine Cinepur. As Assistant Professor at the Department of Film Studies of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University she specializes in the history of relations between Hollywood and Europe, culture under the socialist regime and film festivals. She is currently leading a project mapping the history of Karlovy Vary IFF before 1989.

Vojtěch Brtnický

section: Czech Joy
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Jihlava-born photographer Vojtěch Brtnický believes that photography is not art but a craft. Instead of being an artist, he considers himself a documentarian of (not only) contemporary Czech dance. His portfolio comprises numerous solo and collective exhibitions and the collaboration with outstanding figures of the world of contemporary dance. For over a decade, he has been the official photographer of the TANEC PRAHA International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre and Czech Dance Platform.

Anna Kryvenko

section: Czech Joy
edition: 2020
country: Ukraine
A film director, editor and photographer born in Kiev, Ukraine. Anna graduated from of the Centre for Audio-visual Studies at Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU, Prague). She previously studied theatre directing at KNUTKT and alternative theatre directing at Prague’s DAMU. Her films and performances were screened at Ji.hlava IDFF, Fluidum Festival, Visions du Reél and DOK Leipzig. Her found-footage film Silently Like a Comet won her the prize for the Best Experimental Act at Famufest 2014. Her last film Listen to the Horizon won the Best Czech Experimental Documentary award at the Ji.hlava IDFF 2015. Her feature debut My Unknown Soldier premiered and was awarded in the main competition at ZagrebDOX 2019.

Brit Plieštik Jensen

section: Czech Joy
edition: 2020
country: Denmark
Danish author Brit Jensen has been living in the Czech Republic for a number of years. She is an audio documentary maker and producer. She has created dozens of documentaries for Czech, Danish, British and Australian radios. In collaboration with Magdalena Sodomková, she produced the first Czech true crime podcast, The Mathematics of Crime, and teamed up with Jiří Slavičínský and Radio Wave to create a documentary series called DokuVlna. Brit is currently working on an indie true-horror podcast, Anatomy of Fear and is the producer of the new series of short docs, Dokumoment, on Czech Radio Vltava.

Denisa Václavová

section: Czech Joy
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Denisa Václavová is a producer, curator, fundraiser and advisor in the sphere of cultural projects. She graduated in Production from the Theatre Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and in Fine and Applied Art from Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design where she works as a lecturer. She is a co-founder of the non-profit organization, Čtyři dny – the main organizer of the international festival of contemporary art 4 + 4 Days in Motion. Since 1996, the festival has been reviving abandoned and empty spaces with site-specific art works. Denisa is the co-author of publications “Site Specific” and “Divadlo v netradičním prostoru, performance a site specific”.

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First Lights - Student Jury

Marcel Halcin

section: First Lights - Student Jury
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Marcel Halcin studied the fields of Visual and Audio Production at Film School Zlín and Audio-visual Works at Silesian University in Opava. He is currently a student at the Documentary Department at FAMU. A big influence was his six-month stay in the vicinity of Greek refugee camps. He joined the student jury because he likes learning new things and getting various perspectives.

Vojtěch Konečný

section: First Lights - Student Jury
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Vojtěch Konečný graduated in Film at the University of the Arts London and now studies at Prague’s FAMU. In 2018, he sat in the jury of 28 members of the 28 Times Cinema competition section, Giornate degli Autori, at the Venice Film Festival

Anastasia Serdyuk

section: First Lights - Student Jury
edition: 2020
country: Russia
Anastasia Serdyuk is a graduate student at the Film and TV Graphics Studio of Prague’s Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design and a first year student of Film Studies at Charles University. Her works straddle the line between experiment and documentary reflection of reality by means of natural objects, photographic materials and information processed on photographic images. She is currently focusing on documentary filmmaking with interactive media elements.

Libor Vrážel

section: First Lights - Student Jury
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
He studies Theory and History of Film and Audiovisual Culture at Masaryk University in Brno. His current focus is on history and evolving forms of cinematic narration. Photography and translation are his main hobbies.

Silver Eye

Michaela Čajková

section: Silver Eye
edition: 2020
country: Slovakia
Michaela Cajkova is a founder of Filmotor. She holds a master degree in Economic policy and international relations and a bachelor degree from Prague´s FAMU. She began as a production manager for shorts films. Specialised in several film distribution areas like 2 years with Taskovski Films or with Berlin based missingFILMs. After exchange in Bezalel Academy she dedicated herself to documentary cinema. Berlinale Talent 2017.

Christine Camdessus

section: Silver Eye
edition: 2020
country: France
After being a lawyer-in-firm and a film finance banker, Christine launched her production company in 2001: ALEGRIA PRODUCTIONS. Among more than 60 creative documentaries, distributed in most of the world: Pakistan Zindabad, The Lost war of the Vatican?, Five Broken Cameras by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi (Sundance director’s price 2012, Oscar Nomination 2013, International Emmy Award 2013), Divided Korea, The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev, Erdogan, the making of a sultan, One day in Tehran and Forman versus Forman selected in Cannes Classics in May 2019. Christine is chairwoman of NIPKOW’s jury (Berlin). She has been vice-president of USPA (leading TV producers union in France) from 2014 to 2018. In June 2018, Christine has been nominated Managing & Artistic director of FIPADOC.

Veronika Janatková

section: Silver Eye
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Veronika is a film producer, director and programmer. She has been active mainly in the field of documentary films, focusing on social-political driven narratives. Among others, she has worked on topics such as global supply chain in the textile industry, the dynamics of the global south and north, current feminist movements in Rwanda or the political realities of post-soviet Caucasus region. Her directing debut is a documentary film Ticket to the Moon dealing with utopias in the context of space explorations in the time of cosmic spring. Veronika co-founded and has been programming the DokuBaku IDFF, the first independent documentary film festival in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Ondřej Kazík

section: Silver Eye
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Ondrej has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University Olomouc. He worked at a number of film festivals and cultural events in both the production and program departments. From 2013 to 2018 he worked at the programming of the cultural platform Pastiche Filmz where he was managing a film club. He is currently working as a head of programming at the international festival of science documentary films AFO (Academia Film Olomouc). He is doing his Ph.D. at the Department of Theater and Film Studies at Palacký University Olomouc, in his Ph.D. research he focuses on the ethnography of distribution cultures of documentary films in the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Poštulka

section: Silver Eye
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Born in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Tomáš Poštulka studied at Palacký University and graduated in Film and Media studies in 2020. In cooperation with MFDF Ji.hlava, he was a regular contributor for DOK.revue documentary web site. At his home university, he was part of a research team in two academical projects, one devoted to Jan Švankmajer, second to the structure of czech film industry in the years 2018 and 2019. Since 2016 he has worked for the festival Academia Film Olomouc, currently as communication assistant. He was responsible for the textual identity of Pastiche Filmz film club in Olomouc. In the years 2018 and 2019 he spent seven months at Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main. In 2020, he started to work as a programmer and outreach coordinator for One World film festival.

Diana Tabakov

section: Silver Eye
edition: 2020
country: Czech Republic
Diana Tabakov is in the executive director and head of acquistitions at the international VOD platform Doc Alliance Films - Dafilms.com powered by 7 key European documentary film festivals. The portal presents regular film programmes ranging from retrospectives of leading world filmmakers to new premiere formats. She also cooperates as an independent expert for the State Cinematography Fund, curates documentary films for arthouse cinemas and film festivals and runs the film literacy project My Street Films. She was brought up in Malta, has a background in humanities from Charles University in Prague and studied her Masters in Documentary film at London University of the Arts.

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