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Docu Talents 2017 and Emerging Producers 2018 were introduced today in Karlovy Vary

Festivals 2017-07-04

First recipients of Ji.hlava Film Fund grants were announced

The twelve most remarkable documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe, planned for theatrical release during the upcoming 12 months, were presented today at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Projects from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine made it to the final selection of Docu Talents @KVIFF 2017. The presented films ranged from an Ukrainian-Estonian "existential journey from past to present" ((N)Ostalgia by the directors Vicki Thornton and Pavel Yurov) to a documentary directed by five directors from the five Warsaw Pact countries that occupied Czechoslovakia (Occupation 1968, produced by Peter Kerekes).

Since 2005, Docu Talents has been a launch pad for a number of documentaries, including Rabbit a la Berlin, Blind Loves, Matchmaking Mayor, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories, Cooking History, René, Fortress, Pipeline, Under the Sun, Gogita´s New Life and The Road Movie.

Film professionals traditionally attend the Docu Talents @KVIFF presentations to see the top of the documentary crop produced in the region.After two hours of presentations, the selected directors and producers met with film professionals and media representatives at an informal cocktail. 

“Relations between film festivals are sometimes strained and over-competitive. I am very pleased to look back on the past 13 years of our successful collaboration that prove how we are able to combine the strengths of the Karlovy Vary IFF and Ji.hlava IDFF festivals for the benefit of exceptional documentary films. I greatly value the ability of the Czech festivals to join forces to support the filmmakers, just like Swiss festivals held in Locarno and Nyon", says Marek Hovorka, director of the Ji.hlava IDFF and curator of Docu Talents.


During the event, the representatives of the Ji.hlava IDFF also revealed the names of the Emerging Producers 2018. This unique programme aims at promoting talented European documentary film producers and provides them with a range of networking, educational and promotional support throughout the year. 16 European producers will be accompanied by 2 producers from Morocco, which is the guest country of the 2018 Emerging Producers programme. Since this edition, the Emerging Producers programme will be extended for an additional workshop taking place during the Berlinale 2018.


The recipients of the Ji.hlava Film Fund were also announced. The support in the amount of 16.000 Euros in post production services provided by the companies UPP and Soudsquare was granted to the the Ukrainian-German co-production Boy of Wars (directors: Igor Kosenko and Cyprien Clement-Delmas, producer: Fabian Driehorst).

Two documentary projects will receive support from the Ji.hlava IDFF, which includes feedback to the rough-cuts and distribution strategies: Polish-German coproduction Foreigner(director: Filip Jacobson, producer: Karolina Galuba) and Polish project The Whale from Loriono (director: Maciej Cuske, producer: Mikołaj Pokromski).

A Czech project Vienna Calling (director: Petr Šprincl, producer: Marek Novák) will receive research support from the Jihlava-based Centre for Documentary Film.

The Ji.hlava Film Fund, which was launched in 2017, provides in-kind grants for visual and sound post-production to documentary films at the stage of production or post-production. The awarded projects were selected from over 50 applications.

For more information, please contact:

René Kubášek

International Communication | Ji.hlava IDFF

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