The 23rd edition of the annual Ji.hlava IDFF closed its doors yesterday. The festival programme showcased 277 films in nine screening halls, hosting almost two hundred discussion sessions. The overall attendance again exceeded 40,000 visitors; with 5,330 accredited visitors and guests.
“I am very proud of our quality festival programme, unveiling especially the face of the up-and-coming filmmaking generation raising new topics and techniques in the context of filmmaking. It is enriching to see this concentration of creative diversity at a single place. Our aim was to have this year’s Ji.hlava IDFF reflect the world around, provoke us to become active and open up a space for a dialogue. And we are pleased to see it happen”, says Festival Director Marek Hovorka.
The 23rd edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF has announced its winners. The best Czech documentary is Solo by French director Artemio Benki, the award for the most notable international documentary film was granted to Fonja. The jury of the Between the Seas section gave their award to Romanian film Teach, and Belgian Aphasia was appraised as the best documentary debut. The Contribution to World Cinema Award went to Kazakhstani director Sergey Dvortsevoy, the author of this year’s festival spot. The festival trophy of the 23rd annual Ji.hlava IDFF was designed by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.
The 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF is at its peak.