Detailed Programme in 2017 and Information for Participants

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  • Wednesday October 25, 2017 | College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Tolstého 16

10:00 a.m. / Kamil Fila / Review in Daily Newspapers and Online Media (in Czech)
11:00 a.m. / Helena Bendová / Review in Trade Journals (in Czech)
12:00 noonPetr Fischer / Commentary (in Czech)

1:00 p.m. / lunch break

2:00 p.m. / Vít Janeček / Essay (in Czech)
3:00 p.m.Tereza Hadravová / Catalogue Annotations (in Czech)
4:00 p.m. / Pavel Turek / Interview (in Czech)

  • Thursday October 26, 2017 | College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Tolstého 16

10:00 a.m. / Nicole Brenez / Filmic information, counterinformation, ur-information (in English)
11:00 a.m. / Tiffany PritchardA Focus on Film Criticism and Industry Coverage (in English)
12:00 noon / Aurelian Nica / Film vs. Journalism. Similarities and differences between a documentary and a reportage. How to make the transition, and what does it take to succeed. (in English)

1:00 p.m. / lunch break

2:00 p.m. / Kenan Aliyev / How to bring documentaries to TV and how to set up a successful documentary channel? (in English)

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday October 26–28, 2017

Workshop participants attend festival films and work on their tasks. Participants can use a computer located in the Center for Documentary Film (CDF). Consultations with lecturers are possible (each has an hour and a half “office hours”). Keep in mind: each participant selects 1 genre and writes 1 text only (except for second time participants who write 2 texts). The optimal extent of the individual texts is specified by the lecturers (ranging from 2 to 4 standard pages).

  • Sunday October 39, 2017 | College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Tolstého 16

morning 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. the individual groups are discussing and analysing the texts of all students in parallel

  • Saturday November 11, 2017

Students submit the second, rewritten version of their text to the lecturers as well as to the their university professors.



Selected texts are published on the festival website  - see texts from 2011. Workshop participants can use their texts in the media they may already work for.


Credit requirements:

  • participation in all 3 lecture blocks
  • writing a text in the selected genre
  • completing the critical seminar with the lecturer
  • submitting the rewritten text version to the lecturer as well as to the supervising pedagogue


Repeated attendance:

Attendance is possible also for students who have already participated in the seminar one or two times before. They can omit the first two lecture blocks (they are similar each year). They only take part in the third lecture block and within the time schedule, they should write 2 texts in 2 various genres. They pass the critical seminar with both of them (the schedule will be adapted to this).

If you want to pass the seminar for the second time as a university course, please make sure that you can repeat the seminar for credits – it is not allowed by some of the universities that offer the Media and Documentary seminar as an optional subject (i.e. the seminar can be repeated including the offered benefits such as the free press accreditation, but only outside the university curriculum and without entitlement to credits).



Nichols, Bill: Introduction to Documentary. AMU and JSAF publishing, Praha 2010.
Gauthier, Guy: Documentary film, a Different Cinema. AMU and JSAF publishing, Praha 2004.
DO I. – VI. anthology of texts on the documentary (selected texts recommended for various genres). JSAF, Jihlava 2003 – 2007.
Dok.revue (insert in the Respekt magazine, the only Czech periodical systematically dealing with the reflection of documentary film).
+texts recommended by the lecturers.


With the support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme of the European Union