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12th IDFF Jihlava 2008 – Day Four

Festivals 2008-10-28

A great part of the Monday programme was devoted to experimental film. The Fascinations section offered four blocks, a total of 6 hours of documentary experiments. Czech experimental film was introduced by Martin Ježek, who also presented his films Winter War and Kontralicht. Among the avant-garde films from the 1960s and 1970s, the viewers could watch for example the film Shepherds Bush by Mike Legget. In his Master Class, held in the Reform hall of the Dukla cinema at five p.m., Frederick Wiseman screened a sample selection from his films and, in the form of a live discussion, attempted to explain the social phenomena pointed out in his films. After the Darkroom section, presenting abstract photographs from Afghanistan by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin this time, the film Gyumri about the impact of a devastating earthquake on the lives of local people by Jana Ševčíková was introduced. East European Forum, a space for discussion among distributors and sales agents about future plans and strategies, was concluded in the afternoon in the Mahler Hotel. The final evening screening presented the film Import/Export by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl who will also have a master class at the festival on Tuesday.

Tuesday is the last complete festival day. Besides the above mentioned Master Class of Ulrich Seidl, his film Loss Is to Be Expected will be screened in the morning hours in the DKO grand hall. Films by Pauline Soumanou Vieyra, one of the founders of African cinematography, will be screened in the Dukla cinema at five p.m.; among them, let us mention the film Fight about a Senegal martial art introduced as a certain ethnic-social frame by the author. The last part of the Darkroom will present an interesting screening of StB photographs including commentary, followed by a thematically related film by Robert Sedláček Gustáv Husák Center Stage. The Fascinations section will introduce the film Winnipeg Babysitter by director Daniel Barrow, a contribution to the programme by prominent Canadian experimental filmmaker Mike Hoolboom whose films were presented at the previous years of IDFF Jihlava. At eight p.m., the closing ceremony will be held in the DKO grand hall, culminating in the screening of the winning film.

SECTION FOR FILM PROFESSIONALS

Sales and Distribution Session

On its closing day, the East European Forum in cooperation with the East Silver market hosted the Sales and Distribution Session, a meeting of key international sales agents and distributors who introduced their companies and reflected on contemporary documentary trends. In the EEF Follow-up Session, five of the panelists also offered some valuable advice to the East European Forum participants on further options available for their projects so that they are able to devise a suitable sales and distribution strategy.

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

Festival Selectors were viewing Eastern European films at East Silver.

Some of very important documentary film festival selectors were rating East Silver films. Hopefully, some exceptional films from our region will be showed at international competitions: Bernd Buder, goEast Filmfestival, Germany - Sean Farnel, Hot Docs, Canada - Asako Fujioka, The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan - Gerald Harringer, CrossingEurope, Austria - Elisabeth Marschan, DocPoint Helsinki, Finland - Jean Perret VISION DU REEL Nyon Festival International,De Cinema Doc, Switzerland - Jean-Piere Rehm, FIDMarseille festival international du documentaire de Marseille, France - Katarzyna Wilk, Krakow Film Festival, Poland

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