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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival


Karlovy Vary IFF is the most significant int`l festival, recognized by FIAPF, in the Central and Eastern Europe. Apart from the competitions it brings the unique opportunity to see the newest production and works in progress from the C.E. E


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Special Karlovy Vary IFF 54½ is not taking place

In view of the ongoing lockdown announced by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the special Karlovy Vary IFF 54½, originally scheduled for 18–21 November, will not take place.   “When we announced the special Karlovy Vary IFF 54½, we were met with much enthusiastic feedback. People were looking forward to visiting Karlovy Vary to see new films at an unusual time of year. We are sorry that we wi...

Eva Zaoralová, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s artistic advisor, was awarded by the Ministry of Culture

On the occasion of the state holiday on 28 October, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival’s artistic advisor Eva Zaoralová was awarded the Ministry of Culture Award for Contribution in the Field of Cinema and Audiovisual Work. This prestigious award was awarded to Eva Zaoralová for her many years as the artistic head of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and for her lifelong promotion of Czech films and filmmakers abroad. In view of the situation relating to...

Reduced line-up announced for Karlovy Vary IFF 54½

Apples Mila Directed by: Christos Nikou Greece / Poland / Slovenia, 2020, 90min. The Big Hit Un triomphe Directed by: Emmanuel Courcol France, 2020, 106min. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Directed by: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross USA, 2020, 98min. Coach to Vienna Kočár do Vídně Directed by...

Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ getting ready

The Karlovy Vary festival is traditionally one of the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic. Every year, it provides a special venue for film professionals, audiences, and representatives from the field of culture to come together. We are convinced that at this time when people in the Czech Republic and around the world must come to terms with different living conditions, we must maintain the continuity of important events that reinforce our awareness of cultural values at home ...

KVIFF Eastern Promises Awards 2020

  KVIFF Eastern Promises, the festival's Industry section, has the exciting mission of being a bridge between talented filmmakers and their potential partners, festivals and audiences. This year, a total of 41 film projects were screened on the 5 platforms dedicated to feature films, documentaries and new cinematographic forms in development. Works in Progress TRT Award Jury: Gabor Greiner, COO, Films Boutique Faruk Güven, Head of Co-Productions, Turkish Radio and TV...

Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ – a special four-day film event to be held in November

Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ – a special four-day film event to be held in November Although the regularly scheduled 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival won’t take place until 2021, fans of the largest film event in the Czech Republic can look forward to both the summer and the coming fall. Today marks the launch of the unique festival KVIFF at Your Cinema, featuring 16 films selected by the Karlovy Vary IFF programming team that will screen at 96 Czech movie theaters fro...

efp and kviff kick off training and networking programme for young directors

Dimitris Tsakaleas, Kristian Håskjold, Lida Vartzioti, Tadeusz Łysiak, Amanda Adele Björk, Rosa Friedrich, Constanze Klaue, Matúš Ryšan, Brúsi Ólason, Juno Álvarez, Maria Lorente, Yaiza de Lamo, Mariona Vázquez, Adam Martinec The up-and-coming European directors selected for EFP FUTURE FRAMES - Generation NEXT of European Cinema - will be taking part in the Industry Days (KVIFF Eastern Promises) of this year’s Karlovy Vary Int...

KVIFF Eastern Promises unveils the projects that will be showcased during the online Industry Program.

  KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days unveils 41 selected film projects, which will be presented at Works in Progress, First Cut+ Works in Progress, Docs in Progress, Works in Development - Feature Launch and Eurimages Lab Project Award. Presentations of projects to industry professionals will take place on Monday, July 6, Tuesday, July 7, and Wednesday, July 8, and the most promising projects will receive awards of...

KVIFF at Your Cinema will present 16 films in 96 theatres across the Czech Republic

The Karlovy Vary IFF programmers’ exclusive selection for KVIFF at Your Cinema includes strong movies that earned high praise at film festivals held from last autumn to this year’s Berlinale. Movie screens at nearly one hundred Czech theaters will host the European premieres of three acclaimed titles: Zeina Durra’s engaging, atmospheric drama LUXOR, Fernanda Valadez’ compelling feature debut IDENTIFYING FEATURES , and THE MOLE AGENT, Maite Alberdi’s original cross b...

VIDEO: Opening Karlovy Vary Festival 2019

  Julian Moore and her director  Bart Freundlichn guest stars of the festival graced the opening ceremony. The festival can brag about massive following and industry representatives in attendance: 300 international directors, filmmakers, and actors personally presenting their latest films 150 selected feature films seen by audiences every year 14 festival venues 70 films shown as world, international or European premieres 800 attending distributors, sales agents, producers, and festi...

KARLOVY VARY IFF cancels the 2020 edition... see you in 2021

KARLOVY VARY IFF cancels this year’s edition - but will still offer a taste of the festival at selected movie theaters nationwide and the online KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days. In view of the Czech government’s ongoing coronavirus measures and the complicated worldwide situation today, the KVIFF organizers have come to the extremely difficult decision not to hold the 55thannual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this year. Instead, the 55th Karlovy Vary International Fil...

Eva Zaoralová was awarded the Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana

The artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, translator and film critic Eva Zaoralová, was recently awarded the Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana for helping to spread and promote Italian culture and the Italian language abroad. She received the award from Italy’s president Sergio Matarella on the basis of a nomination submitted by the Italian Cultural Institute in Prague to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation...

Meet the juries from the 54th Karlovy Vary Festival

INTERNATIONAL JURIES: GRAND JURY Štěpán Hulík Czech screenwriter and author. He debuted as a writer of screenplays in 2013 with the three-part HBO miniseries Burning Bush (Hořící keř), directed by Agnieszka Holland, which recounts the events following student Jan Palach’s self-immolation in 1969. His second screenwriting effort came in 2016 with the original, eight-part miniseries Wasteland (Pustina) directed by Ivan Zachariáš...

Opening concert at 54th Karlovy Vary IFF

  Friday 28 June in front of the Hotel Thermal, 10:45pm This year, our traditional opening night concert and fireworks for the general public will present the immortal hits of the Beatles. At CNSO and Beatles Night, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Carl Davis, will perform the legendary band’s most famous songs, such as “She Loves You”, “Yesterday”, and many others. The opening concert is being organized by the Karlovy Var...

Julianne Moore, Bart Freundlich and other guest stars at KVIFF 2019

​ Julianne Moore, actress Bart Freundlich, director 28.6. 2019 from 4pm – Thermal Will greet audiences upon arriving at the red carpet in front of the Hotel Thermal. During the evening, Moore will be presented with a Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema.  Moore and Freundlich will be joined by actor Billy Crudup to present the film After the Wedding. 29.6. 2019 9:30pm – Karlovy Vary Municipal Theatre Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich will ...

KVIFF 2018 Closing Ceremony: And the winners are… !

US directing legend Barry Levinson received Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the festival’s glitzy closing ceremony on Saturday night. Also in attendance was Hollywood star Robert Pattinson, who was presented with the festival’s President’s Award; the same honour also went to the great Czech actor Jaromír Hanzlík. The Best Film prize went to Radu Jude for “I Do Not ...

Press conference with Terry Gilliam, for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Do not miss the fun of Terry Gilliam's press conference in Karlovy Vary. He is returning t=for the second time to KVIFF with  The Man Who Killed Don Quixote    ...

Non-Statutory Awards of the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF

 NON-STATUTORY AWARDS     Award of International Film Critics Awarded by The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).   FIPRESCI JURY René Marx, France Marita Nyrhinen, Finland Alejandra Trelles, Uruguay   Sueño Florianópolis / Sueño Florianópolis Directed by: Ana Katz Argentina, Brasil, France, 2018   The International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) goes to: Sueño Florianópolis (Argentina, Br...

The winners of the KVIFF Eastern Promises

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Works in Progress, Eurimages Lab Project, Docs in Progress   Works in Progress Award   Jury: Matthijs Wouter Knol, Director of European Film Market - Berlinale Rossitsa Valkanova, Director and Producer, Bulgaria Rickard Olsson, Picture Tree International, Sweden   Works in Progress Award On Works in Progress, eleven projects were presented from countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, and now also the Middle East. ...

The french film Sink or Swim will close the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF is the

Downcast Bertrand is suffering a midlife crisis. When he answers an ad placed by a group looking for a new member for their male synchronised swimming team, he has no idea that he'll be treading water with a truly colourful bunch of lovable outcasts. The team – all sagging muscles and thinning hair and each with his own particular set of problems – is aiming for high-level competition. French director Gilles Lellouche made a splash at this year’s Cannes festival with a hu...

juries of the 53rd Karlovy Vary IFF

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  Grand Jury Mark Cousins Mark Cousins, Irish-Scottish director and writer. His films – including The First Movie, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, What Is This Film Called Love?, Life May Be, A Story of Children and Film, I Am Belfast, Atomic, Stockholm My Love and The Eyes of Orson Welles – are about childhood, cities, recovery, walking, and cinema. They have won a Prix Italia, a Peabody, and a Stanley Kub...

Director Terry Gilliam to present The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in Karlovy Vary

Director Terry Gilliam will personally appear at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to present his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which had its premiere at this year’s festival in Cannes. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote faced many trials and tribulations and was many years in the making. Eighteen years ago, the original shoot starring Johnny Depp and Jean Rochefort was halted after just six days. The series of catastrophes that halted the project, which Gilliam ...

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