JIHLAVA: The Belgian documentary Vacancy won the main award of the international competition Opus Bonum at the 22nd Jihlava IDFF, at the awards ceremony on 29 October 2018.
The Czech/Slovak film Talks with TGM directed by Jakub Červenka won a special mention. The Opus Bonum jury consisted, as always, of one person. This year’s juror was Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi.
Romania took home the Between the Seas best film award, going to Timebox directed by Nora Agapi, with the special mention going to the Slovak film The Last Self-portrait directed by Marek Kuboš.
The Czech national competition main prize went to Enclosed World by Karel Žalud, produced by the Czech TV, which has long been a strong supporter of national documentaries.
The festival has continued is expansion, with a larger Inspiration Forum programme of panel discussions and talks with an impressive array of international guests on a broad range of topics, cementing its reputation for surprising visitors with the unexpected. That included the festival jingle by Jean-Luc Godard, who was the recipient of the festival’s Achievement in World Cinema Award.
The festival also continues to grow in terms of attendance, with record attendance of more than 40,000 and 5,270 accredited guests, including 1,185 film professionals and 345 journalists. Of the 327 films screened, 100 were world premieres.
The complete list of awards follows:
Best World Documentary Film 2018Vacancy (Belgium)Directed by Alexandra Kandy Longuet
Special mentionTalks with TGM (Czech Republic, Slovakia)Directed by Jakub ČervenkaProduced by Bedna Films (Czech Republic), Fantomas Production (Slovakia)Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund
BETWEEN THE SEAS
Best Central and East European Documentary Film 2018Timebox (Romania)Directed by Nora AgapiProduced by Manifest Film
Special mentionThe Last Self-portrait (Slovakia)Directed by Marek KubošProduced by Psyche Film, the Slovak TV
BETWEEN THE SEAS STUDENT FILM COMPETITION
A Well-Kept Secret (Estonia)Directed by Mihkel Oksmann
Special mentionHeavy Metal (Ukraine)Directed by Eugene Golovanevsky
Best Czech Documentary Film 2018Enclosed World (Czech Republic)Directed by Karel ŽaludProduced by the Czech Television
Central Bus Station (Czech Republic)Directed by Tomáš ElšíkProduced by Frame Films
Solos for Members of Parliament (Czech Republic)Directed by Tereza BernátkováProduced by FAMU
Student Jury AwardPassengers (Czech Republic)Directed by Jana BorškováProduced by Film & Sociologie
Best Experimental Documentary Film 2018Blending and Blinding (Australia)Directed by Richard Tuohy
Special MentionSoar (France)Directed by Patrick Bokanowski
Best Czech Experimental Documentary Film 2018Apart (Czech Republic)Directed by Diana Cam Van NguyenProduced by FAMU
Special Mentionpuddles, I don't know (Czech Republic)Directed by Anna PetruželováProduced by FAMU
Best Feature-Length Documentary Debut Film2018Owner's Portrait (Argentina)Directed by Joaquín Maito
Special mentionBoy of War (Germany, Czech Republic)Directed by Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor KosenkoProduced by Fabien & Fred (Germany)Coproduced by Analog Vision
Student Jury AwardBoy of War (Germany, Czech Republic)Directed by Cyprien Clément-Delmas, Igor KosenkoProduced by Fabien & Fred (Germany)Coproduced by Analog Vision
Best Short Documentary Film 2018The Holiday Inn-Side (Australia)Directed by Charby Ibrahim
A TESTIMONY ON POLITICS
Best Testimony on Politics 2018The Silenece of Others (USA, Spain)Directed by Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
Special mentionStill Recording (Syria, France, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany)Directed by Ghiath Ayoub
A TESTIMONY ON KNOWLEDGE
Best Testimony on Knowledge 2018The Truth about Killer Robots (USA)Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin
A TESTIMONY ON NATURE
Best Testimony on Nature 2018Welcome to Sodom (Austria)Directed by Florian Weigensamer, Christian Kroönes
Audience Award of the 22nd edition of Ji.hlava IDFFVote for Kibera (Czech Republic)Directed by Martin PávProduced by Frame Films
CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA AWARDJean-Luc Godard
SILVER EYE AWARD
Silver Eye Award feature length categoryWhen the War Comes (Czech Republic, Croatia)Directed by Jan GebertProduced by Pink (Czech Republic)Coproduced by Hulahop (CroatiaCoproduced by HBO
Silver Eye Award for the best short documentaryEight Images from the Life of Nastya Sokolova (Russia)Directed by Alina Kotova, Vladlena Sandu
Special mention:Lembri Uudu (Estonia)Directed by Eeva Mägi
BEST FESTIVAL POSTER
Festival IdentityTaiwan International Documentary Festival
Audience AwardAcademia Film Olomouc