ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The ELBE DOCK International Film Festival is a competition festival that screens films of film school students as well as debuts and second films by filmmakers from Central Europe. The festival's signature ELBE DOCK AWARD is awarded in the categories of short films (live-action, experimental, animated and documentary). The festival is also closely associated with the 16th Annual Pavel Koutecký Award, which is reserved, as always, for the best Czech first or second documentary film in both feature and short film category. In addition to the competition section, the festival offers a selection of the best films from Tromsø, Norway; Gothenburg, Sweden; and Berlin, Germany known as Semaine de la critique à la Czech. The festival is also unique in its extra programme dedicated to everyone, regardless their age, who wishes to try, think about and play with film and audio-visual art.
The festival takes place from 12 to 21 May 2022 in the Czech Republic and Germany.
To combine Czech and German culture and support Central European dialogue in audio-visual production is one of the main goals of the festival. The ELBE DOCK's setting in Saxony, the Ústí region and Prague is intended to stimulate the development of cultural infrastructure and film audiences in a border industrial region, which has been historically neglected in this respect. The partnership with Germany brings an additional dimension of international cooperation to the festival with the potential to mutually inspire cultural events in both regions on a long-term basis.
The Prague part of the festival takes place in Kavalírka Cinema from 12 to 15 May and includes a preview of the Pavel Koutecký Award, a student programme focused on the promotion of films and video games, an evening of trailers, Czech premieres of films from international festivals and a discussion of Zuzana Fuksová and Ivana Veselková from Radio Wave's show Buchty with documentary filmmaker Vít Klusák.
Ústí nad Labem will host the festival from 18 to 21 May. Bunkr (a 1960s fallout shelter that will be open to festival audience and the general public for the duration of the festival) will screen all the films competing for the Pavel Koutecký Award and host the award ceremony as well as a Czech-German exhibition called Quo Vadis Ústí?. The Hraničář Public Hall will screen mostly Czech premieres from international festivals and films nominated for the ELBE DOCK Award.
In Dresden, the festival will be held in the cultural and art space GEH8 from 20 to 21 May, screening the winners of the Pavel Koutecký Award, the winners of the Czech Lion short film category, all the ELBE DOCK Award films in competition and a selection from the best films from international festivals, or Semaine de la critique à la Czech. There will also be a discussion about the future of the Ústí Region and Saxony and the future of audio-visual education and the theme of future will be further explored in a Czech-German exhibition, Industry networking, city sightseeing tours, screenings of films in competition and a music performance by Jakub König (otherwise known as Kittchen).