Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Mr. Jiri Bartoska
Mr. Karel Och
Year of Foundation 1946
Event Date from 28 June 2019 till 06 July 2019
in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
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)
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)
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
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
Official Selection – Competition
BROTHERS by Ömür Atay (TK/DE/BG, Fiction 2.0)
I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS by Radu Jude (RO/CZ/FR/BG/DE, Komplizen Film)
East of the West – Competition
CRYSTAL SWAN by Darya Zhuk (BY/DE/US/RU)
VOLCANO by Roman Bondarchuk (UA/DE, elemag pictures)
Documentary Films – Competition
DREAM AWAY by Marouan Omara & Johanna Domke (DE/EG/QA, Monokel, Fruitmarket)
THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR LIFE by Zita Erffa (DE/MX, Petruvski Films, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München)
DAUGHTER OF MINE by Laura Bispuri (IT/DE/CH, Match Factory Productions)
HAPPY AS LAZZARO by Alice Rohrwacher (IT/DE/FR/CH, Pola Pandora)
HUNTING SEASON by Natalia Garagiola (AR/US/ DE/FR/QA, Augenschein Filmproduktion)
LOVELING by Gustavo Passos Pizzi (BR/UY/DE)
THE WILD PEAR TREE by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (TR/FR/DE/BG/MK/BA/SE, DETAiLFILM)
TOUCH ME NOT by Adina Pintilie (RO/DE/CZ/BG/FR, Rohfilm Productions)
WAJIB by Annemarie Jacir (PS/FR/DE/CO/NO/QA/AE, klinkerfilm)
AMAL by Mohamed Siam (EG/LB/DE/FR/NO/DK/QA, Sara Bökemeyer Produktion)
CHRIS THE SWISS by Anja Kofmel (CH/HR/DE/FI, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
COBAIN by Nanouk Leopold (NL/BE/DE, Coin Film)
DONBASS by Sergei Loznitsa (DE/UA/FR/RO/NL, Ma.ja.de. Fiction)
IN MY ROOM by Ulrich Köhler (DE/IT, Pandora Filmproduktion, Komplizen Film)
OBLIVION VERSES by Alireza Khatami (FR/DE/NL/CL, Endorphine Production)
STYX by Wolfgang Fischer (DE/AT, Schiwago Film)
VICTORY DAY by Sergei Loznitsa (Imperativ Film)
IMPERIAL VALLEY (CULTIVATED RUN-OFF) by Lukas Marxt (DE/AT)
Out of the Past
SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN (AUF DER SUCHE NACH INGMAR BERGMAN) von Margarethe von Trotta (DE/FR, C-Films (Deutschland))
People Next Door
LAND OF SILENCE AND DARKNESS (LAND DES SCHWEIGENS UND DER DUNKELHEIT) by Werner Herzog (Werner Herzog 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.