The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is considered the most important film event in Central and Eastern Europe. The basic concept of the Karlovy Vary IFF comes out of the Czech Republic’s advantageous geopolitical location at the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe. It introduces film industry representatives and press from all around the world to the newest local production, and presents new quality films from the rest of the world to Central and Eastern Europe’s own industry and press. Due to its highly-regarded programming and unique atmosphere, the Karlovy Vary IFF has become the key annual event for buyers, distributors, festival programmers, sales agents, journalists, and filmmakers.
The program includes four competitive sections:
The Festival program also includes non-competitive sections, focuses, retrospectives, and tributes.
Official Selection – Competition:
The jury may award up to a maximum of two Special Jury Mentions. The jury cannot award more than two prizes to the same film.
The international jury judging films in the East of the West – Competition is obliged to award following prize:
The international jury judging films in Documentary Films – Competition is obliged to award following prizes:
The Documentary Jury may also award one Special Jury Mention, the nature of which will be clearly defined by the Jury.
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Subtitles language: English
World premiere required.
Jury and Organizers
The Selection Committee is headed by Karel Och (artistic director).
Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary,
a.s. Panská 1,
110 00 Praha 1
Phone: +420 221 411 011
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A non-specialized international competition of featurelength films presented as World and International premieres only. must be over 60 minutes in length.
An international competition of feature-length documentary films presented as World, International and European premieres only. must be over 60 minutes in length.
An international competition of first and second feature-length films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey and the countries of the former Soviet Union presented as World, International and European premieres only. must be over 60 minutes in length.