Ji.hlava for the twenty-third time! On an environmental note, with Man Ray, erotica and a rich off-screen programme. Make sure your last weekend in October will be dedicated to documentary cinema.
Five more weeks to go – until Ji.hlava’s thirty first edition kicks off! Not only with a rich programme, but also with many novelties. Starting this year, the Ji.hlava IDFF will be even more environmentally conscious. It is also indicated in the visual concept of this year’s festival, again and in line with our tradition, produced by artist, Juraj Horváth. Festival Director, Marek Hovorka, adds: “Ecology is the main topic of some of the presented films and discussions, but our aim is to change the attitude of both the organisers and the festival guests and visitors. This is a long-term commitment, not a one-off activity. That is also why we set up a position of an environmental ombudsman who will help us implement the changes.”
The person to take up this role will be environmental philosopher and sustainability activist, Ľuboš Slovák. What will be the first measures that Ji.hlava will take to handle the challenge? “We will discontinue using single-use plastics, will favour public transport and introduce vegetarian buffets made of local produce,” says Slovák, enumerating the specific changes. He also adds that an analysis of the entire festival operation is planned by the end of the year.
You can download selected movie stills HERE and find more info in the attached press release.
This year’s edition of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival will revolve around the theme of ecology. Visual artist Juraj Horváth, the author of the festival poster that was officially published today, always writes a short poem accompanying the visual design. This year, one of the poem’s lines depicts a “planet turning red-hot”. Marek Hovorka, the Director of the Ji.hlava IDFF adds: “So far, the festival has mainly followed the line of thoughts and filmic expressions. This time, we are adding a third aspect: the environmental footprint.”
This year’s visual concept of the festival is specific for its two-colour register and distinct drawings. “We wanted Ji.hlava to become more playful. Our graphic artist, Juraj Horváth, plans to scatter the festival printed materials with his drawings, and the poster visual is only one of them,” says Marek Hovorka explaining the graphic design. Hovorka adds: “Although surrounded by apocalyptic news, our outlook into the future is slightly optimistic. We believe that if we take a responsible attitude, we will handle the situation.”
You can find more info about 23rd edition of Ji.hlava IDFF in the press release. Download the poster in PDF or PNG.
The 22nd edition of the annual Ji.hlava IDFF has closed its doors. The attendance figures grew by almost one thousand year-on-year – this year, the Ji.hlava IDFF attracted over five thousand festival pass holders. The total audiences at the screenings was over forty thousand. Festival programme showcased 327 films in eight screening halls, hosting almost two hundred discussion sessions. In January, films from the Czech Joy starts its tour of Czech cinemas, and throughout the next year, Echoes of the 22nd Ji.hlava IDFF will take place outside the Czech Republic.