12th IDFF Jihlava 2008 – Day Three

    On Sunday morning, festival viewers could watch the documentary Loose Change: Second Edition by Dylan Avery and learn about the alternative interpretation of the events of 9/11. The presentation of new film projects at the Panel of Upcoming European Documentaries was held in the afternoon, presenting for instance the film Radar - Czech Peace by Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, mapping the opinion of the wide public on the placement of the American military base in the Czech Republic. The authorial reading of the autobiographical book Rok kohouta / Year of the Cock by journalist and writer Tereza Boučková was held in the Vinová wine bar in the evening. As for the main screening time, viewers were to decide between the Darkroom, introducing photographs by Eric Rondepierre, followed by the film Must Read after My Death by Morgan Dews, and Rapublic by Pavel Abrhám. In the film, rappers of the Czech hip hop scene are confronted by a linguist, chanson singer Hana Hegerová and others, discussing the language and its neologisms. Those who were not afraid of the cold made it to the tent in Tyršovy sady to witness the improvised cabaret of the VOSTO5 Theater.

    On Monday, the last film from the Wag the 9/11 Dog? section will be screened, followed by a discussion on this theme. Those interested in experimental film can get fascinated by two international blocks and one block devoted to Czech experimental documentaries. The fourth part of the Fascinations section will offer for example the film Vertigo Rush by Austrian director Johann Lurf, based on swift movements of the camera arousing feelings of nausea. In Under Construction, Zhenchen Liu presents a formally remarkable study of the demolition process of the historical parts of Shanghai. After the one but last part of the Darkroom, the film Gyumri by Jana Ševčíková will be introduced, telling the story of survivors of the devastating earthquake which struck the Armenian town Gyumri ten years ago. The film Loss Is to Be Expected by Ulrich Seidl will be one of the last films to be screened, illustrating Seidl's "stage-managed documentarity" technique on the stories of two young people; one of them redirecting his life from East to West, the other one in the opposite direction; both of them, however, finding nothing but the same decay and human misery.


    Successful Projects on Second Day of EEF Pitching

    Ten projects pitched on the 2nd day of the East European Forum pitch sessions have again raised a lot of interest among the attending commissioning editors. According to their feedback, the following 3 documentary projects seem to be the most successful so far: the Estonian-Ukrainian The Pit by Marianna Kaat and Olena Fetisova; the Latvian-Estonian 15 Young by Young by Dzintars Dreibergs and Ilona Bicevska; and Poland's The Last Day of Summer by Piotr Stasik and Agnieszka Nowak. Other projects will also take part in negotiations regarding co-production or prebuy options. IDF will provide follow-up support to all 24 projects of this year's EEF.

    Contact: Hana Rezková, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.DOCUinter.net.

    East Silver - List of the Most Watched Films at the Market

    1. Vixen Academy: How to be a Bitch, dir. Alina Rudnitskaya; young women in St. Petersburg go to school again. They want to learn how to seduce, marry and control men.

    2. Ivetka and the Mountain, dir. Vít Janeček; a portrait of a woman who as a young girl had a vision of the Virgin Mary, but is currently trying to live a normal life, indifferent to the interpretations of the Church.

    3. René, dir. Helena Třeštíková; using her characteristic approach of observation over time, in the course of many years she has created a portrait of the recidivist and unique writer René Plášil, who had his entire body tattooed while he was in jail.

    Contact: Miriam Šimková, Tel: +420 775 060 821, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., skype: eastsilver.net, www.eastsilver.net

    A warm welcome to the Jihlava IDFF 2008 from

    Marek Hovorka / festival director / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Andrea Slováková / programmer and head of communications / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Jan Hlubek / media manager and press service / 723 394 769 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Jan Hintenaus / head of production / 774 101 652 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Main partner:

    RWE Transgas a. s.

    Main media partner:

    Česká televize

    Co organiser of industry section:

    Institute of Documentary Film

    Partner of the square section:




    Student agency



    Regional partner:

    Top Computers

    The festival is supported by:

    Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic

    State Fund of the Czech Republic for the

    Promotion and Development of Czech


    The City of Jihlava

    MEDIA Programme

    International Visegrad Fund

    Vysočina Region

    Embassy of the Bolivian Republic of

    Venezuela in the Czech Republic

    Embassy of Mexico in the Czech Republic

    Embassy of Chile in the Czech Republic

    Embassy of Cuba in the Czech Republic

    Embassy of France in the Czech Republic

    Embassy of the United States

    in the Czech Republic

    Media partners:



    Český rozhlas

    Lidé a Země

    A2 kulturní týdeník

    Rádio 1


    Literární noviny


    Film a doba

    Regional media partners:

    Český rozhlas Region

    Deník Vysočina

    Hitrádio Vysočina

    Jihlavské listy

    MF Dnes



    Media co-operation:

    Vysočina news



    Foreign media partners:

    Kino Ikon

    Film New Europe