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12th IDFF Jihlava 2008 – Day Two

Festivals 2008-10-26

On Saturday, the festival was already in full swing. In the grand hall of DKO, the festival day began by the screening of the competition film Royal Road of Cachaça by Pedro Urano, an imaginative journey through Brazilian history in the intoxicating colors of cachaço, alcohol made of sugar cane. In Czech Joy, director Martin Ryšavý presented his new film Malupien, Olšový Spas, a visit to the Siberian city of Yakutsk. The film director was also introduced as a writer at his reading in the Vinové Wine Bar; there he read an excerpt from his book Cesta na Sibiř / A Journey to Siberia. The second block of the Czechoslovak Army Film section focused on the 1960s (presenting films such as A Game for Men by Jan Schmidt or Reporter by Pavel Háša). On the second day of the Media and Documentary workshop, Between the Seas jury member, famous avant-garde film historian P. Adams Sitney was introduced as a speaker. Last but not least, Festival Identity, the meeting of representatives of significant documentary film festivals, was also held.

On Sunday, two films from the Wag the 9/11 Dog? section will be introduced: Loose Change: Second Edition by Dylan Avery and 9/11 Press for Truth by Ray Nowosielski. The Opus Bonum section will present the shocking Iraqi Short Films by Argentine director Maurio Andrizzi, an authentic collage of video footage filmed by members of all enemy parties in contemporary Iraq. Before another film from the world competition, the bitter examination of family life in the 1960s Must Read after My Death by Morgan Dews, versatile French photographer Eric Rondepierre, another author taking part in this year's Darkrooom, will introduce his works. Esteemed Hungarian filmmaker Péter Forgács gives a testimony on the history of Hungary in his film I Am von Höfler (Variation on Werther), a remarkable archive collage. The Festival Identity meeting will be concluded by a public panel discussion.

SECTION FOR FILM PROFESSIONALS

Successful Project sof EEF's First Day

During the opening pitch sessions on the first day of the East European Forum, the following three documentary projects generated the highest buzz among the attending commissioning editors: Czech Peace by Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda; Austria's Trains of Thoughts by Timo Novotny and Ulrich Gehmacher, and the French-Bosnian Village without Women by director Srdjan Sarenac and producer Estelle Robin-You. Of the 14 projects presented so far, several others received a promise regarding co-production or other form of financial support. The remaining 10 projects will be pitched Sunday from 10am.

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

Weekend is busy at East Silver Market

East Silver is the biggest database of Central and Eastern European documentary films. Comfortable digitized market offers 30 viewing booths, which have been busy for the whole day. Producers can meet important Buyers and discuss the possibilities to sell their films for foreign television broadcasting. On Sunday some of important buyers are available to the meetings at the market. Buyers Lejla Babovic, BHRT Bosnia and Hercegovina, Claire Colart, RTBF Belgiím, Dusan Jurčík, Czech TV CZ, Cynthia Kane, ITVS USA, Dimitra Kouzi, ERT Digital Greece, Daniela Kuzmanova, BNT Bulharka, András Monory Mesz, MTV Hungary, Jennifer Ross, Al Jazeera Witness UK, Martina Santava, HBO CZ, Lois Vossen, Independent Lens USA, Sandra Whipham, UK Coproductions UK

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:

Kronospan

Partners:

Easytalk

Student agency

DataKal

Bouwfonds

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

Cinematograph

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:

Respekt

aktuálně.cz

Český rozhlas

Lidé a Země

A2 kulturní týdeník

Rádio 1

Cinepur

Literární noviny

Cinema

Film a doba

Regional media partners:

Český rozhlas Region

Deník Vysočina

Hitrádio Vysočina

Jihlavské listy

MF Dnes

Rengl

SNIP

Media co-operation:

Vysočina news

Kult.cz

Freemusic

Foreign media partners:

Kino Ikon

Film New Europe