Festival Calendar

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Panska 1
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
phone +420 221 411 011
fax +420 221 411 033
email: programm@kviff.com

Mr. Jiri Bartoska

Artistic Director
Mr. Karel Och

Year of Foundation 1946

Event Date from 20 August 2021 till 28 August 2021

Event Date

in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

International Competition

Sections Four international competitions:
a) Competition of feature films (International or World Premieres are requested.)
b) Competition of documentary films (full length). European, International or World Premieres are preferred.
c) East of the West (first & second films from Eastern Europe, the Balkan region, Turkey and the former Soviet Union)

Non-competitive categories:
Horizons (the recent productions from around the world and prize-winning films from other festivals)
Another View (films revealing unusual artistic approaches)
Variety Critics’ Choice (ten films of the current season, which are selected by the critics of the magazine Variety)
Imagina (Films with an unconventional approach to narration and style, distinctive and radical visions of film language)
Midnight Screenings
Czech Films
Retrospectives and Tributes
Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers to Follow

Terms of Entry Production of the film must have been completed within the twelve months prior to the starting date of the Festival.
Submitted films must not have been released anywhere in any form (including festival screenings, DVD release, or television or internet broadcast) more than twelve months prior to the starting date of the festival.
Submitted feature-lenght films must not have been screened (including festival screenings, DVD release, or television or internet broadcast) outside their country of origin before September 1, 2017 (i.e. the film did not have its international premiere before September 1, 2017).

The Festival does not accept submissions of short and medium-length films (up to 60 minutes). Any films which are solely promotional, educational or scientific in nature are not eligible for selection.

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2019, directly at the Festival

Fees Regular submissions: 65 €

Attendance Figures 135,000

Participants of the Film Industry The Karlovy Vary IFF 2015 was attended by 12 857 accredited visitors. Of that number 10 623 had Festival Passes, 547 were filmmakers, 1017 film professionals, and 670 journalists.

Prizes/Awards Grand Prix "Crystal Globe" (Best Feature Film, US$ 25,000), Special Jury Prize (US$ 15,000), Best Director Award, Best Actor/Actress Award, Special Jury Mentions, Best Documentary Film (30 min or less and above 30 min.; US$ 5,000 each short and long), East of the West Prize (US$ 20,000), Special Jury Mentions, NETPAC Prize (Network for the Propagation of Asian Films), Ecumenical Jury Award, FIPRESCI Prize, Audience Award, Czech Television Award - Independent Camera, Europa Cinemas Label Award, FICC

German Films


Official Selection
LARA by Jan Ole Gerster (Schiwago Filmproduktion)

East of the West Competition
PASSED BY CENSOR by Serhat Karaaslan (TK/DE/FR, Departures Film)

OUR TIME by Carlos Reygadas (MX/FR/DE/DK/SE, ZDF)
ROJO by Benjamín Naishtat (AR/BR/FR/NL/DE, Sutor Kolonko)
SYSTEM CRASHER (SYSTEMSPRENGER) by Nora Fingscheidt (Kineo Filmproduktion, Weydemann Bros., Oma Inge Film)
THE TRAITOR by Marco Bellocchio (IT/FR/BR/DE, Match Factory Productions)

Another View
MONOS by Alejandro Landes (CO/AR/NL/DK/SE/DE/UY, Pandora Film)
THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA by Syllas Tzoumerkas (GR/DE/NL/SE, unafilm)

HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME (HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT) by Thomas Heise (DE/AT, ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
THE HIDDEN CITY by Victor Moreno (ES/FR/DE, Dirk Manthey Film)
WALLED UNWALLED by Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema
THE LAST CHILDREN OF PARADISE (DIE LETZTEN KINDER IM PARADIES) by Anna Roller (University of Television and Film Munich)
TOUCH ME (WAS BLEIBT) by Eileen Byrne (DE/LU, Südhang Films, University of Television and Film Munich)

Out of the Past
SATANTANGO (SATANSTANGO) by Béla Tarr (HU/DE/CH, Von Vietinghoff Filmproduktion)

Number of Films Shown approx. 250 films from all over the world

Media Coverage about 600 national and international journalists (print, TV, radio)

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival").

Evaluation Karlovy Vary is the leading competition film festival in Central and Eastern Europe with large, mostly young audience that is famous for its enthusiastic commitment. Many scouts of other international festivals attend the event. A number of films are bought by international buyers and Czech distributors. The section "East of the West" is a must for foreign journalists and participants of the film industry. The festival has included "Variety's Ten European Directors To Watch", a selection of ten European films chosen by the critics of the prestigious film magazine. The section is organized and intensively promoted by the European Film Promotion (EFP).
Strong presence of the Eastern European mass media and film industry and many journalists from Western Europe who are interested in Eastern European cinema. Thanks to an easy and very friendly atmosphere good possibilities for meetings and networking.

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