JURIES AND AWARDS
MAIN COMPETITION – THE JURY
The main competition focuses chiefly on young creators, presenting either the debut or second films of talented filmmakers, many of which were already successfully introduced at important international festivals. The winner of the main competition is selected by a three-member panel of professionals. For instance, last year, at the 28th edition of Febiofest, the jury comprised Slovakian filmmaker Ivan Ostrochovský, well-known Czech actor, director and scriptwriter Jiří Mádl, and Iranian director and women’s rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi.
The winning film will receive a financial award of EUR 5,000.
COMEDY COMPETITION – AUDIENCE JURY
The international comedy competition presents exceptional films from around the world that are stylistically different. The one aspect they all share is the desire to reflect reality with humour and to change the world for the better through laughter. The winner is selected by a jury comprising 33 film lovers who are selected from all applicants by Fero Fenič, the festival’s honorary president. Any film fan aged 15 or older may apply.
The chair of the audience jury is always a well-known individual, and this year it is Michal Suchánek. In previous years, this honorary function was held by, amongst others, Michael Kocáb, Dana Morávková, Jan Saudek, Marta Kubišová, Jan Kaplický, Věra Čáslavská, Dagmar Havlová, Juraj Herz, David Černý, Miroslav Ondříček, and Theodor Pištěk. The winning film will receive a financial award of EUR 3,000.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FEBIOFEST AWARD – THE JURY
This is the eight year that the festival, acting in collaboration with the Czech branch of Amnesty International, will bestow the Amnesty International Febiofest Award. The films competing for this highly-valued trophy have been selected from across the festival’s sections, and all of them explore topics of freedom, human rights, freedom of expression, and the battle for a dignified life. In 2021, when Amnesty International celebrated the 60th anniversary of its establishment and 30 years of activity in the Czech Republic, the winning film was selected by cello player Terezie Vodička Kovalová, film director Vít Klusák, and Jiří Bejček, who is the head of Amnesty Czech Republic’s human rights division.