FESTIVALS: France Takes Top Prize at Jihlava IDFF

    Documentary Daniel's World by Veronika Lišková Documentary Daniel's World by Veronika Lišková

    JIHLAVA: French documentary director Anna Roussillon won the Opus Bonum competition of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival for I Am the People (Je Suis le Peuple).

    The award was again selected by a solo member jury, this year Serbian director Želimir Žilnik. The film also won the prize of the new competition for debut films, First Lights. The award for Contribution to World Cinema went to American director Godfrey Reggio.

    The audience award went to Veronika Lišková’s film Daniel’s World, a Czech documentary on the controversial topic of pedophilia. The Between the Seas competition of films from Central Europe was won by the Austrian film We Come as Friends directed by Hubert Sauper. The competition of Czech documentaries, Czech Joy, was won by Into the Clouds We Gaze directed by Martin Dusek.

    In a nod to the bursting-at-the-seams quality of the festival, director Marek Hovorka said that “for the future we will have to look for new theaters.”

    List of winners:

    Opus Bonum Award:

    I Am the People / Je Suis le Peuple (France)
    Directed by Anna Roussillon

    Audience Award:

    Daniel’s World (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Veronika Lišková
    Produced by Vernes, HBO Europe, Czech TV

    We Come as Friends (Austria)
    Directed by Hubert Sauper

    Czech Joy:

    Into the Clouds We Gaze (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Martin Dusek
    Produced by Czech TV


    Hacked Circuit (U.S.)
    Directed by Deborah Stratman

    First Lights:

    I Am the People (Je Suis le Peuple) (France)
    Directed by Anna Roussillon

    Special mention:

    20 Cents / 20 Centavos (Brazil)
    Directed by Tiago Tambelli

    Short Joy:

    Babash (U.S., Austria, Iran)
    Directed by Lisa Truttmann and Behrouz Rae