About the Center for Documentary Film

At their core, documentary films stem from everyday reality. The visitors of the CDF will have the opportunity to gain insight into a dense network of relations and to discover a variety of experiences.



The idea for CDF emerged during the preparations for Jihlava’s Dukla Cinema – the current headquarters of this new, and in a Czech context, unique institution focusing on education and self-education through film. The project follows up on the long-term education and publication activities of Ji.hlava IDFF, aimed at promoting reflection on film art and offering insights into filmmaking and its contexts. It provides a space for concentrated research as well as multifaceted exploration of documentary cinema on several levels. Since its opening on October 23, 2014, the Center for Documentary Film services have been fully available to all visitors.


For study purposes, the CDF offers numerous creative documentary films from the archive of Ji.hlava IDFF. Films from the collection are available on-site and can be watched on the workstations located at the CDF only. The video library is complemented by a collection of films illustrating the historical development of documentary filmmaking. 


An unique book collection of specialized literature on Czech and international filmmaking with a special focus on documentary film that spans publications on media theory and other art disciplines, which are available for on-site consultation. On-site loans to users. In this way, users get the opportunity to supplement their film experience with theoretical and historical knowledge. 



Mon–Fri: 10:00 – 18:00
Sat: 11:00 – 19:00
Sun: 14:00 – 19:00


Lunch break Mon–Sat 13:00 – 14:00.


The CDF organises a set of educational cycles, lectures, seminars, workshops and film screenings for students, the public and senior citizens. The main theme of the educational cycles centres on the implications of media film education with a focus on the critical perception of audio-visual content and how it forms our idea of the world around us. The portfolio of educational activities is complemented by courses that specialise in the history of documentary filmmaking, modern Czech history, the perspectives of documentary filmmakers, as well as selected collections by educational and film theory partners.


The activities of the CDF encompass expert and statistical research aimed at long- and short-term monitoring of the position of documentary filmmaking in the context of film distribution and its transformations in relation to cinema digitisation, as well as audience interest in the development of the system of drawing of public funds in the Czech Republic. The research is carried out in collaboration with prominent Czech film institutions.



Join the Center for Documentary Film as members! In addition to the possibility to search the database of films, authors, publications and online links, CDF’s members will gain access to documentary films directly in our local video library containing hundreds of film titles. Aside from the video library (available for on-site loans only) you will be able to use our book library comprising almost one thousand publications related to film and audio-visual culture, as well as office services and, last but not least, obtain our CDF membership card that serves as a visitor registration card with numerous bonuses – including a 50% discount on the festival accreditation to Ji.hlava IDFF.

Registration fee and issue of CDF membership card (valid for 1 year):
•    CZK 100 – regular fee 
•    CZK 50 – students’ fee

You can download the payment instructions here.

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