On November 8 - 11, 2022, Kysuce will come alive with the ETNOFILM Čadca international film festival. This year, the Film Biennale of Documentary Ethnological Film will take place for the 22nd time and, in addition to competitive screenings focusing on diverse manifestations of traditional folk culture and the way of life of people in the world, it will also bring a number of accompanying activities and events intended for the general public. More than 70 documentary films were registered for the 22nd edition. Members of the international jury from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland will decide which films will receive the highest awards at the 2022 ETHNOFILM ČADCA IFF.

Predsedníčka medzinárodnej poroty:

Prof. PhDr. Zuzana Beňušková, CSc.


Prof. PhDr. Zuzana Beňušková, CSc. has been working since 1983 at the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Republic, where he focuses on the research of customs, traditional culture of the regions of Slovakia in the context of regional development and the history of Slovak ethnology. Since 1996, she has been teaching ethnology at the University of Konstantin Filozof in Nitra, where she works as a university professor. She is the author and co-author of several scientific and professional book publications (Traditional culture of the regions of Slovakia, Religiosity and inter-confessional relations in the local community, Liptovská Teplička since the second half of the 20th century, History of Slovak ethnology in the 20th century, Civic ceremonies in Slovakia, A wedding is coming soon istá, What is a holiday in the 21st century in Slovakia?, Kroje Slovenska) approximately hundreds of scientific studies and co-author of several audiovisual professional documents (Dobre nám je v Petržalka bývať, Marinka, Cyklus Osobnosti slovenskéj etnologie). In the years 2006-2016, she was a member of the preparatory committee of Ethnofilm Čadec, she is a member of the Scientific Council of the Kysucký Museum in Čadca.



Členovia medzinárodnej poroty:

PhDr. Pavel Popelka, CSc.


Ethnographer, song collector, author of folklore shows, screenwriter, photographer, publicist, bagpipe player. Graduated from the field of ethnography and sociology at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno. From 1974 employed as an ethnographer in the J.A. Comenius Museum in Uhorský Brod, during 1990-2015 he worked here as a director. He carried out a series of complex researches on folk culture on the Moravian-Slovak border, which he draws on in his publishing work, in the creation of exhibitions and shows, and also in cooperation with radio and television studios. Since 1077, the author of many shows at the International Folklore Festival in Strážnica, several of which received the Festival Prize, and he also authored several programs at the folklore festivals in Myjava and Východná. In 1987 he founded the Festival of carnival traditions in Strán, in 1988 Musaionfilm - a tour of the video production of Czech museums, organized by the Museum of J.A. Comenius in Uhorský Brod. Author of a series of video documentaries with an ethnographic theme. In 2004, at the International Film Festival Ethnofilm Čadca, she won the Bronze Turoňa for the film A PARTY WITH A WREATH AND A DUCK, in 2010, the Slovak Ethnographic Society Award in the Ethnologist Behind the Camera category. He also won a number of awards for his photographs, in 2008 he received the 1st prize XXX. year of the International competition TÍKA SA TEŽ TEBA, in the thematic circle Protected elements of our country (Uhorské Hradiště 2008), in 2014 he became the Laureate of the 8th year of informal Slovak press photo Ohliadnutia 2013 (Uherské Hrad). He has held almost 60 of his own photography exhibitions, some of them abroad. Other thematic collections included Ethiopia, Forms of Water, From Spring to Winter - Celebrations and Rituals of Eastern Moravia, Religions of the World and Forms of Faith - Following the Cyril Methodist Tradition. There is a lot of activity in the field of ethnographic monographs and literary works.

Ethnographic monographies: Příběhy v písních vyzpívané. Lidové balady z moravských Kopanic, 1995, Písně z Bystřice pod Lopeníkem, 1997, Řečeno písní. Lidové písně ze Strání , 2005, Od věnečku k obálence aneb Co všechno kdysi znamenala svatba, publikace s DVD, 2011, Festival masopustních tradic, 25 let. Strání 1987 – 2012, publikace s DVD, 2012, Podoby víry. Obrazem a slovem po stopách cyrilometodějské tradice, 2013, Tanec Pod šable jako historický i poetický fenomén, 2017. Literary work: Cestopisy, místopisy, povahopisy. Putování životem aneb smrt se rozcvičuje, 2003, (Z)povídání z cest, 2006, Cestopády, 2006, Rokem v dur i moll, 2008, Kalvados z červených jablek , poezie, 2009, Etiopie. 28.11-17.12.2009. Cestovní deník, 2010, Nech žije život živý, 2017, Než vyměnili zámky, 2018.


Dr hab. Jadwiga Hučková, prof. UJ


He lectures at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Since 1997, he has been working in the selection committee of the Krakow Film Festival. Juror of more than thirty international documentary film festivals. She participated in the VISEGRAD DOCUMENTARY FILM LIBRARY project in Prague. In addition to articles, she published (also under the name Jadwiga Głowa): Dokument po przełomie. Film documentalny lat 90. w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej / Zooming in on History's Turning points. Documentaries in the 1990s in Central and Eastern Europe (Kraków 1999), Dokument filmowy epoki Havla (Kraków 2005), Czech and Polish documentary film in the era of Europeanization / Czeski i polski film documentalny w czasach europeizacji (Prague, NFA 2015).


Mgr. Ivo Brachtl


Slovak documentary filmmaker. After graduating from FAMU in 1988, he got a job at Newsreel Film SFT, where, among other things, he filmed ten Kinožurnáls. On July 4, 1991, he founded an independent production company focusing on documentaries, which is still active today. In it, he realized various projects, documents and documentary cycles for RTVS, Markíza and Czech Television. Since 1991, he has collaborated with Dež Ursin on documentary films as a cameraman, editor and producer. In addition to documentaries, he has also filmed for news agencies since 1996. He currently works for AFP and INS. In 2009/10 he filmed in the USA for UISCA. He organized and participated in the implementation of exhibitions connected with audiovisual content. At the Audiovisual Fund, he first worked in the documentary film committee, then as a member of the Fund Council, and is currently a member of the documentary film committee again.


 MSc. Pavel Borecký MA.


Social anthropologist, documentary filmmaker and development specialist. As a holder of a Swiss scholarship, he is now completing his PhD at the University of Bern, focusing on the social consequences of water scarcity in Jordan. In his community practice, he works as a member of the research studio Anthropictures and curates the film program EthnoKino. Pavel's last films Solaris (2015) and In the Devil's Garden (2018) focused on the culture of consumerism in Estonia and the issues of refugees and decolonization in the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The film Žiť vodu (2020) is his first feature film.



Čestný člen medzinárodnej poroty:

PhDr. Ladislav Volko PhD.


Film and cultural publicist, sociologist, poet, former diplomat, university teacher. Member of FIPRESCI international film criticism juries. Author of many articles and publications in the field of film and cinematography, sociology, culture, literature and media. o.i. ˗ Problems of film criticism (ed., 1979), Sociological relational elements in dramatic arts, (in) Theory of dramatic arts (1979), Famous film personalities (1986), Film viewer culture in Slovakia (1986), Sociological aspects of media culture (2015) ) etc.