Press conference with the presentation of the poster of this year's 27th International Documentary Film Festival Ji.hlava, June 20, 2023 Jihlava.
Jihlava – This year's Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival will also focus on food made from local and seasonal ingredients. It will be one of the topics of the festival's Inspirational Forum, festival director Marek Hovorka told journalists at today's presentation of the new festival poster. Due to rising costs, the organizers will launch a crowdfunding campaign, which will also be new this year. This year's 27th edition of the festival will be from October 24 to 29.
According to the director, the festival is looking for various other partnerships and donors. “We don't want to fundamentally cut down the festival, we don't want to make compromises in places where it would impoverish the meaning of why we do the festival,” said Hovorka. The campaign on the donation portal Donio.cz will start in two days. “Even if it is a small symbolic amount, in the sum of perhaps several hundred donors, it will be an amount that will help us supplement the budget in a situation where the costs have risen so drastically,” he said. People can support the festival there, for example, by purchasing this year's festival posters.
The author of the poster is the twenty-third book graphic artist and illustrator Juraj Horváth. It connects the old with the new. The poster shows brush strokes in the spirit of Chinese or Japanese calligraphy. “At the same time, it's ruled by silver, which mirrors the world around it. So I think it's an exaggeration to say that this is the most documentary poster we've had so far,” said the festival director.
According to Hovorka, food, which will be one of the topics of the Inspirational Forum, can be used to show how fundamentally our world has changed in recent years. “We will follow the stories of specific foods or their growers through this,” he said. Perhaps it will be possible to recall some procedures that grandmothers knew, but have already disappeared from awareness. People can send recipes to the organizers until the end of August. The selected recipes will be published in the festival cookbook, and festival participants will also be able to taste them in Jihlava.
The Jihlava Festival offers a selection of Czech and international documentaries every autumn at a several-day competition show. “We have been selecting films for this year's film program for several months, but many of them have yet to be submitted to us and some have yet to be completed,” said Hovorka. According to him, the costs of the festival and all activities related to it are between 25 and 30 million crowns.
The best Czech documentary of last year was the film Kaprkód by director Lucie Králové. In the Opus Bonum section, in which 16 world documentaries competed, the jury was most convinced by the film by French director and producer Judith Auffray 07:15 – Blackbird.