Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech: Mezinárodní filmový festival Karlovy Vary, KVIFF) is a film festival held annually in July in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The Karlovy Vary Festival is one of the oldest in the world and has become Central and Eastern Europe's leading film event.[2][3]

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
The opening of the 50th Karlovy Vary IFF
LocationKarlovy Vary, Czech Republic
AwardsCrystal Globe
DirectorsKarel Och (since 2010)
No. of films223 (2015)[1]
Websitewww.kviff.com Edit this at Wikidata

History edit

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival 1964 (Frank Beyer, Christel Bodenstein, Christine Laszar and Konstantin Simonov)

The pre-war dream of many enthusiastic filmmakers materialized in 1946 when a non-competition festival of films from seven countries took place in Mariánské Lázně and Karlovy Vary. Above all it was intended to screen the results of the recently nationalized Czechoslovak film industry. After the first two years the festival moved permanently to Karlovy Vary.

The Karlovy Vary IFF first held an international film competition in 1948. Since 1951, an international jury has evaluated the films. The Karlovy Vary competition quickly found a place among other developing festivals and by 1956 FIAPF had already classified Karlovy Vary as a category A festival. Given the creation of the Moscow Film Festival and the political decision to organize only one "A" festival for all socialist countries, Karlovy Vary was forced to alternate year by year with Moscow IFF between 1959 and 1993.[4]

The social and political changes that took place after the Velvet Revolution in November 1989 pushed concerns about organizing the Karlovy Vary IFF to the background. The program for 1990 was saved by the release of a collection of Czechoslovak films that had been locked up for years in a storage vault. And the appearance of a number of international guests such as Miloš Forman, Lindsay Anderson, Annette Bening and Robert De Niro helped as well. Future festivals were in doubt. Financial problems and a lack of interest on the part of the government, organizers and viewers almost ended the festival's long tradition in 1992.

In 1994, the 29th Karlovy Vary IFF inaugurated an entirely new tradition. After nearly forty years of alternating with the Moscow IFF, the festival began once again to take place every year. The Karlovy Vary Film Festival Foundation was set up in 1993 co-created by the Ministry of Culture, The City of Karlovy Vary, and the Grand Hotel Pupp. Actor Jiří Bartoška was invited to be the festival's president, and Eva Zaoralová became program director in 1995. Since 1998, the organization of the festival has been carried out by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, a joint stock company.

The 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; a shortened event was later scheduled for 18–21 November, which will not be counted as an official edition of the festival (being promoted as the 54th and-a-half edition).[5] Due to the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian War, portions of the Odesa International Film Festival were hosted at KVIFF in July 2022.[6][7]

Program edit

The opening of the 50th festival in front of the Hotel Thermal

The main center of the festival is Hotel Thermal. The core of the program is the feature film competition; in accordance with FIAPF regulations only those films which have not been shown in competition at any other international festivals can be included. The documentary competition is an important festival event. The extensive informative program features both distribution pre-premiers and films awarded at other festivals. But it also includes discoveries of artistic creations by independent directors, productions coming out of little known film industries, retrospectives, and an overview of Czech film output during the past year. For the tenth straight year the festival will present Variety Critics' Choice: new and interesting films of mainly European production selected by critics working at this prestigious magazine.

Seminars focusing primarily on European film are another important part of the festival.

Thousands of visitors and the great variety of films testify to the effectiveness of the program team with program director Eva Zaoralová at its head. Due to their valiant efforts many films will be purchased at the festival for wider distribution or, thanks to receiving a festival award, will attract the attention of major producers, distributors, and the media.

The festival program has the following sections:

  • Official Selection — Competition – films never before shown in competition at any other international festival.
  • East of the West — Competition – films from the former socialist bloc.
  • Documentary Films — Competition – a competition divided into two parts: documentaries less than and longer than 30 minutes.
  • Horizons and Another View – a selection of the most remarkable contemporary films.
  • Imagina — films with an unconventional approach to narration and style, distinctive and radical visions of film language.
  • Out of the Past — classic, cult, rare and unfairly overlooked films, screened in their original and restored versions.
  • Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema — ten directors, an upcoming generation of young European filmmakers, present their student films. The project is organized in cooperation with European Film Promotion.[8]
  • Midnight Screenings — a selection of the latest horror and action films, works that look at their genres in new, often humorous, ways.
  • Czech Films – a representative selection of current Czech films.
  • KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days — the industry section of the festival that includes Works in Development, First Cut+ and Works in Progress project presentations. The winners in these categories receive a $5000 prize.[9]
  • Tributes, special focuses and retrospectives.

Awards edit

A reporter during the 50th film festival

Since 1948, the Grand Prize has been the Crystal Globe – although its form has often changed. As of the 35th Karlovy Vary IFF 2000 the Crystal Globe has taken on a new look: now the figure of a woman stands raising a crystal ball (artistic concept developed by Tono Stano, Aleš Najbrt, Michal Caban, and Šimon Caban).

The Feature Film Competition is divided into the following main awards:[10]

The Documentary Competition is divided into the following main awards:

  • Best Documentary Film in the category for film lasting 30 minutes or less
  • Best Documentary Film in the category for film lasting above 30 minutes in length

Each year, the festival also presents the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema.

Prominent foreign guests edit

Richard Gere with the Crystal Globe at the 50th Karlovy Vary IFF (2015)
Actor Harvey Keitel at the 50th Karlovy Vary IFF (2015)

Crystal Globe Winners – Grand Prix edit

Susan Sarandon with the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema (2012)

References edit

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  8. ^ Boyce, Laurence (2021-07-28). "The seventh edition of Future Frames showcases ten up-and-coming filmmakers from across Europe". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2024-01-29.
  9. ^ Economou, Vassilis (2021-08-17). "KVIFF Eastern Promises announces its winners". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2024-01-29.
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  19. ^ "Julianne Moore, Patricia Clarkson, Billy Crudup Headed to KVIFF 2019". The Prague Reporter.
  20. ^ "Johnny Depp is coming to the 2021 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, starting next weekend". The Prague Reporter.
  21. ^ "Liev Schreiber Heads To Karlovy Vary, Festival Announces Opening And Closing Films". Deadline.com. 29 June 2022.
  22. ^ ""It's quite an amazing year": Robin Wright latest star name for Karlovy Vary". Radio Prague International. 21 June 2023.
  23. ^ Zunová, Andrea. "Hvězdy ve Varech. Kdy a kde je uvidíme?". Borgis a.s. Novinky.cz. Retrieved 1 July 2023.

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