FOTOJATKA

What is Fotojatka?

Fotojatka is a small travelling festival that, for the past ten years, has been screening great photos in cinemas, cafés and clubs.

Each event is an evening of projections of an original selection from the best in international and Czech creative and documentary photography that oscillates somewhere between a lecture, stand-up comedy, improvised awkwardness and attempts at solving unexpected technical problems.

We don’t play intellectuals, we make Fotojatka for everyone even remotely interested in photography. We screen stuff that makes an art critic happy, but that your mum will understand, too. 

Portrait, conceptual photography, documentary or humour
– but always different from what you’d expect.
After the last year, focusing on conceptual, staged and manipulated photography, this year's Fotojatka will be much more about classical photography - from unusual use of camera obscura, black and white documentary and original portraits through street photography with animals in leading roles.

We're organizing the festival with no money at all. Authors allowed us to screen their works for free and the organizers all work for free, too, in their leisure time. All proceeds from what you pay at the cinema entrance will be divided between the cinemas and clubs to cover their expenses and Doctors Without Frontiers.

You can help us promoting Fotojatka. Just click DOWNLOADS in the menu to learn more.

When and where will it take place?

So far we know about this. We'll keep updating the list.

  1. BRNO
    Schrott Gallery / Friday 12. Oct 2018 / 20:00
  2. PRAHA
    Aero cinema / Friday 19. Oct 2018 / 20:00
  3. ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE
    Kotva cinema / Wednesday 24. Oct 2018 / 20:00
  4. PLZEŇ
    DEPO2015 / Saturday 17. 11. 2018 / 18:00
    In Plzeň, Fotojatka is a special event of Plzeň Design Week, so you need to get a ticket for Plzeň Design Week to see Fotojatka. However, the prices are low: all week fee is 150/100 Kč, weekend fee is 100/70 Kč - and besides Fotojatka, there's a lot more to see! For details, visit Plzendesign.cz

History of the festival

2007-2014
Fotojatka festival was born in the town of České Budějovice (Budweis) and in its first year, it mainly presented local photographers’ work. Since 2008, however, it started to focus on creative and documentary photography from the Czech Republic as well as from the rest of the world and spread its wings to Brno and Praha, with projections of „echoes of Fotojatka“ taking place in many other towns. Despite its weird name („Fotojatka“ meaning something like „Photographic Slaughterhouse“) the festival has never projected photography depicting explicit violence, wildly uncomprehensible or specifically „underground“ series – the main criteria in choosing photographic series was to select works that will address a wide audience without unnecessary descriptions, but, at the same time, that are notably different and stand out among the works of most photographers.

The main difference between Fotojatka and other festivals is in the way photography is presented: instead of exhibiting prints, the series are projected onto film screen, with carefully selected musical or soundscape accompaniment, which emphasizes the emotional impact of the photos. Each slideshow is preceded by a spoken introduction, but the projection itself is uncommented.
We make the slideshows ourselves, with cooperation with the authors, so they are exclusive to Fotojatka.

During its existence, Fotojatka has presented the works of almost a hundred photographers. The list includes a number of noted Czech photographers (Antonín Kratochvíl, Jindřich Štreit, Jiří Stach, Jiří Hanke...) as well as some of the most renowned international artists (Anders Petersen, Erwin Olaf, Michael Ackerman, Sergey Maximishin, Nikos Economopoulos, Chema Madoz...), however, the festival also tries to acquaint the audience with interesting works by younger authors, often winners of prestigious international awards (International Photo Award, World Press Photo...).

2017 AND ON
Since 2017, Fotojatka is being organized with no money involved at all.

All authors kindly lent their works for screening for free, the organizers work for free.

All admission fee will be divided between the cinemas and clubs to cover their operation costs and humanitarian organization Doctors Without Frontiers.

WEB ARCHIVE
2017   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007
(sorry for only partial functionality or disfunctionality of some of the webs - they're retired pensioners now, you know)

DOWNLOAD AS CRAZY

Press release in PDF

Czech only with a short English annotation - contains:
- short and longer festival description
- short annotation for cinemas / clubs
- screening dates
- brief festival history.

Presskit (ZIP)

Contains press release, festival logo in high resolution and some photos by this year's artists for publicity purposes.

Posters (ZIP)

Contains separate posters for Brno, Praha and České Budějovice in print and web resolution plus a universal poster which you can fill in with your own date and place.

Teaser / spot

An MP4 video file in FullHD resolution (1920×1080 px) with dates and places of the main festival events

We are on facebook
and on youtube

Fotojatka Facebook

A fresh source of news, fun, endless stream of kittens and neverending procrastination!

Fotojatka YouTube

Slideshows from previous years from the authors who agreed to have their works published, plus festival jingles.

Contact

The festival is being organized solely by Jan Flaška, who works with the authors, makes their slideshows, sees to the web, hosts the festival nights and organizes all the technical and non-technical stuff around Fotojatka. If you want to talk to someone from Fotojatka, he's the guy.

His mail is flaska at email dot cz, his phone number is +420 777 637 108.

© 2018 Fotojatka.com and the artists