As part of the 20th Ji.hlava IDFF, the Centre for Documentary Film nominated two five-member juries composed of secondary school and university students to take part in the decision-making process regarding student awards. What was the jury’s task and what was their choice?


The Czech Joy jury was composed of students from Jihlava’s secondary schools: Nikola Šeneklová, Natálie Lízalová, Tereza Müllerová, Tomáš Bárta and Mikuláš Vinař. In five festival days, the jury members could see 13 competition films, spending nearly 16 hours in the darkness of the screening halls. After almost a three-hour council, the jury chose Miroslav Janek’s Normal Autistic Film as the award winner. On the right hand side, you can see jury member Natálie Šeneklová presenting the funnel-shaped award to film’s producer Ján Macola.


Jury statement: “The Czech Joy’s student jury decided unanimously to grant the award to Normal Autistic Film directed by Miroslav Janek – the category’s normal winner. We acknowledge the rendition of the topic, the world of those portrayed, and the piano in the background.


The student jury of the First Lights competition for documentary film debuts, was composed of Czech university students, Klára Skřenková, Dita Machová, Alžběta Nováková, Klára Přibylová and Matúš Slamka. The jurors saw a record 16 films and spent over 21.5 hours in the screenings halls over the five festival days. Even despite the diversity of the studied fields (architecture, Czech language, wood processing, film theory and film production) and after a two-hour discussion, the jury chose the winning film. The award went to Things by Nino Gogua of Georgia. 






Award-winning films including many other titles from this year and previous editions can be seen in the video library of the Center of Documentary Film.

Winners and jury statements from all competition sections are available HERE.

Jury statement:For its ability to capture the contrast between tradition and modern life in today’s Georgia the student jury award in the First Lights section goes to Things by Nino Gogua. We acknowledge the film for its independent perspective and representation of the community’s diversity despite the hints of its seeming uniformity.” 

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