Take Part in the Ji.hlava Film Fest from the Comfort of Your Own Home!

Take Part in the Ji.hlava Film Fest from the Comfort of Your Own Home!

The 21st edition of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival kicks off next week, from October 24 to 29, but if you can’t make make it out to Jihlava (halfway between Prague and Brno on the D1) this year, streaming service DAFilms is offering a little something special in advance of the festival.

From now until this Sunday, October 22, you can watch the short documentary films that will be screening in competition in the Festival’s Short Joy section for free, from the comfort of your own home.

The 17 films in this section include short documentaries from around the world, including a pair by local filmmakers: Adéla Komrzý’s An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks and Diana Cam Van Nguyen’s The Little One

Each film runs between 8 and 27 minutes in length; if you have a few free hours, you can catch all 17 and vote for your favorite. The winning film from this category will receive online distribution and promotion worth 3,000 euros. 

Each of the films is either in English or presented with English subtitles. 

All you need to do to gain access to the Short Joy features from this year’s Ji.Hlava International Documentary Film Festival is register an account on the website.

To gain access to thousands more documentary features online, a subscription to DAfilms costs just 135 crowns (5 euro) per month.

Feature documentaries hosted by DAFilms include prominent recent documentaries like Werner Herzog’s The Cave of Forbidden Dreams and Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea, classics from filmmakers like Chris Marker (The Pier) and Jørgen Leth (Life in Denmark), and numerous Czech films such as Jan Němec’s The Wolf of Royal Vineyard Street and Olga Sommerová’s The Magic Voice of a Rebel

New films are added every month. If you share a post on social media, you can watch your first documentary for free.

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