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Ji.hlava Film Fund Ready for First Round of Support for CEE Documentaries


The Ji.hlava Film Fund is a newly created fund specialized in supporting documentaries originating from Central and Eastern Europe. With applications closing on 30 April 2017, the fund will soon support its first slate of projects with in-kind grants.

The Ji.hlava Film Fund is open for submissions of mid-length or feature-length documentary and hybrid film projects (production or post-production stage) with an expected premiere in Fall 2017. On the occasion of the launch of the fund earlier this year, Jihlava IDFF director Marek Hovorka explained: " We want to support remarkable and creative filmmakers and visual artists who have emerged in the recent years in the region, and help their films to succeed abroad. We are primarily looking for projects with unique authorial style and a focus on contemporary and thought-provoking themes".

Selected projects will receive visual post-production services worth EUR 11.000 (supplied by UPP) and sound mixing services by Soundsquare worth EUR 5.000. The Ji.hlava IDFF will also provide rough-cut feedbacks and tailor-made festival strategies for selected films, and interconnect the awarded filmmakers with sales agents, distributors, VOD platforms, institutions and universities. The Jihlava-based Center of Documentary Film offers test screenings and research-support for the film director's next projects.

The eligible countries are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia and Ukraine. More information is available at the website of Ji.hlava IDFF.

At the same time, Ji.hlava IDFF and the Karlovy Vary IFF industry section have an ongoing call for Docu Talents @KVIFF. The submission deadline for both the fund and Docu Talents @KVIFF is 30 April 2017.

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