The winners of the 20th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in the Czech Republic have been announced, with French film Spectres Are Haunting Europe (pictured) by Maria Kourkouta and Niki Giannari taking The Best International Documentary Film award.
The Dazzling Light of Sunset, the second feature-length documentary by Georgian filmmaker Salomé Jashi, won The Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film award of the Between the Seas section. It also received the Best Debut Award in the First Lights section.
Other winners at the festival included Rozálie Kohoutová and Tomáš Bojar’s FC Roma and Miroslav Janek’s Normal Autistic Film, which shared the Czech Joy award for representing a unique trend in contemporary Czech documentary filmmaking. Normal Autistic Film also took home the award of the student jury.
Canadian filmmaker Daichi Saito’s Engram of Returning and Ondrej Vavrečka’s De Potentia Dei were awarded as the best international and Czech experimental films respectively, with the former winning the Fascinations section and the latter taking home the Best Czech Experimental award.
The Contribution to World Cinema Award was bestowed upon editor and director Drahomíra Vihanová, one of the first female Czech directors whose career includes many exceptional contributions to Czech cinema.
And lastly, the Audience Award, went to filmmaker Dagmar Smržová for her film Love Me, If You Can.
Out of a total of 3,600 titles, Jihlava IDFF presented 310 films with 26 additional titles featured in the Czech Television Documentaries section.
Check out the trailer for Spectres Are Haunting Europe below: