25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
Interconnecting film professionals from Visegrad Countries
Visegrad Accelerator is aimed at interconnecting professionals from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland attending Ji.hlava IDFF 2021. The project opens the possibility to establish a creative Visegrad platform initiating and expanding various film activities through meetings of film professionals, critics and film festival representatives from Central European countries.
Ji.hlava IDFF has always emphasized the idea of Visegrad cooperation – creating space for promotion and support of Visegrad national cinemas. It has become one of the most important meeting points where Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish film professionals meet, present their work and develop future collaborations among themselves as well as with other documentary film professionals from around the world.
Visegrad Accelerator is a platform for film professionals from Visegrad countries within the Ji.hlava Industry Programme and aims to discover and support new talents from Central Europe, introduce them to the international industry community and thus accelerate their creative growth. It creates a unique environment where V4 filmmakers can get support for their documentary projects (Inspiration Forum), present their producer’s vision and develop European co-productions (Emerging Producers), share experience (Festival Identity) and discuss their needs (V4 Panels) – all in a relaxed, creative and non-competitive Ji.hlava environment – with professionals from around Europe.
The partners of the Visegrad Accelerator in 2021 are:
● Doc-Air (Czech Republic)
● Slovak Film Institute (Slovakia)
● Wladyslaw Slesicki Film Foundation (Poland)
● Hungarian Documentary Association (Hungary)
● The Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts (Ukraine)
● Obala Art Centar / Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
The program of the Visegrad Accelerator 2021 will be announced prior to the event.
VISEGRAD ACCELERATOR PROGRAM IN 2020
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 | 4.30–6.00 pm | Opportunities, challenges and innovations in film distribution in Visegrad region
The way people make films has changed a lot over the past few years. But the way people watch films has changed even more. Film distributors from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia will discuss regional specifics and challenges of their work as well as ways of cross-border cooperation in bringing films to the audiences. What are the specifics of distributing fiction and documentary films? How did the pandemic change distribution strategies and what innovative approaches could serve as inspiration for distributors worldwide?
Ivo Andrle / Aerofilms / Czech Republic
Gábor Böszörményi / Mozinet / Hungary
Jakub Duszyński / Gutek Film / Poland
Matej Sotník / Film Expanded / Slovakia
Conference Fascinations 2020
Participants of the Conference Fascinations from the V4 countries:
Malgorzata Sady / Curator, Artist, Lecturer / Poland
Martin Blažíček / Project Manager, National Film Archive / Czech Republic
Andrea Slováková /Curator of experimental film / Slovakia
Friday, Oct 30, 7.00–8:30 pm | Emerging Producers 2021: Public presentation
V4 representatives at Emerging Producers 2021:
Marek Novák / Czech Republic
Agnieszka Skalska / Poland
Zora Jaurová / Slovakia
Ildikó Kosztolni / Hungary
Oct 27–Nov 6, 2020 | Inspiration Forum
Speakers of the Inspiration Forum from Visegrad countries:
Martina Malinová, Documentary Filmmaker, Czech Republic / Eszter Nova, Political economist, Hungary / Marek Szolc, Warsaw city counselor, Poland / Karel Kovář (Kovy), influencer, Czech Republic / Petr Fischer, Journalist, Czech Republic / Danuše Nerudová, Economist, Czech Republic / Martin Hojsík, Member of the European parliament, Slovakia / Anna Gumplová, Politician & Activist, Czech Republic / Matouš Hrdina, Journalist, Czech Republic / Filip Vostal, Sociologist, Czech Republic / Jan Krajhanzl, Social Psychologist & Ecopsychologist, Czech Republic / Ivo Bystřičan, film director, Czech Republic / Tomáš Petříček, Politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic / Michal Rozsypal, Journalist, Czech Republic / Tereza Němečková, Economist, Czech Republic / Nicol Adamcová, director of the Sub Saharan Africa Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic / Barbora Sedová, Architect, Czech Republic / Alexander Ač, Environmental Ecologist, Slovakia / Andrea Filipi, Africanist, Czech Republic / Tomáš Lindner, Journalist, Czech Republic / Simona Jiřičková, Czech Republic / Lukáš Houdek, Hate Free Culture coodinator & photographer, Czech Republic / Lucie Králíková (Efemér), Artist, Czech Republic / Veronika Sedláčková, Journalist, Czech Republic / Marie Viktorie Kopecká, The Czechoslovak Hussite Church priest, Czech Republic / Radical Feminist Christians, organisation, Czech Republic / Petr Vizina, Journalist, Czech Republic / Marek Orko Vácha, Roman Catholic priest, Theologist & scientist, Czech Republic / Jožka Pazderka, Journalist, Czech Republic / Jan Čulík, Journalist, Czech Republic / Petra Pospěchová, Gastronomist, Czech Republic / Ladislav Miko, Politician, Czech Republic / Jan Štefl, Vice-chairmain of the Association of Private Farming of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic / Alena Malíková, Eco-advisory to Eco-farmers and Consumer Relations, Czech Republic / Anna Kárníková, Environmentalist, Czech Republic / Diana Cam Van Nguyen, Illustrator, Czech Republic / Marta Lopatková, Ethnologist, Czech Republic/ Le Hong Thai, Doctor, Czech Republic / Marek Pros, Journalist, Czech Republic / Filip Remunda, Documentary Filmmaker, Czech Republic / Joanna Bronowicka, Politician, Poland/ Šárka Homfray, Lawyer and & Unionist, Czech Republic / Matěj Pohorský, Czech Republic / Kateřina Smejkalová, Political scientist & Publicist, Czech Republic / Ondřej Lánský, Sociologist, Czech Republic / Patrik Eichler, Journalist & Political Commentator, Czech Republic / Lukáš Likavčan, Philosopher, Slovakia / Viktor Třebický, Carbon and Ecological footprint specialist, Czech Republic / Karolína Brabcová, Specialist in Toxic Substances in Consumer Goods, Czech Republic / Eva Svobodová, Journalist, Czech Republic / Dita Malečková, New Media Philosopher, Czech Republic / Jakub Kalenský, Journalist, Czech Republic / Josef Šlerka, Expert in Semiotics & Data Analyst, Czech Republic / Barbora Baronová, Journalist, Czech Republic / Jan Press, Director of the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic / Gosia Plysa, Unsound Festival Director, Poland / Jana Návratová, Cultural manager, Czech Republic
Festival Identity 2020
V4 Participants of the Festival Identity 2020
Marta Szuchnicka / WatchDok / Poland, Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła / Krakow Film Festival / Poland, Katarzyna Wilk / Krakow Film Fundation / Poland, Peter Gašparík / 4 Elements / Slovakia, Anna Golon, Aleksandra Ławska / Short Waves Festival / Poland, Monika Lošťáková / IFF Febiofest Bratislava / Slovakia, Tomáš Poštulka / One World FF / Czech Republic