Alongside the traditional Kristián awards, the festival will also present the Amnesty International Febiofest Award, focused on the human rights field, for the fourth time this year. The jury evaluating seven competition films reflecting that theme will comprise Czech actor Petr Vacek, the Swedish director of the film Holiday Isabella Eklöf and Petr Benda of Amnesty International. Visitors will also be able to sign a petition in support of Anastasia Shevchenko of the human rights organisation Open Russia, who is under house arrest, at the AI stand in the foyer of the multiplex at Anděl. Shevchenko faces up to six years in jail for “repeated participation in the activities of an undesirable organisation” under Russia’s hard-line laws.
The films in the running are: A Land Imagined (Yeo Siew Hua), Manta Ray (Phuttiphong Aroonpheng), Buy Me a Gun (Julio Hernández Cordón), Cold November (Ismet Sijarina), The Load (Ognjen Glavonic), Harvesters (Etienne Kallos) and Lemonade (Ioana Uricaru).