Category A classifies the Karlovy Vary IFF
into the group of prestigious festivals with the status of a “non-specialised international competition of full-length feature films”, such as the IFF in Cannes, Berlin, Venice or Tokyo. It is one of the few festivals of this category that is accessible to the wider public.
The festival annually presents more than 200 new films from all over the world. Some films are even projected exclusively and are not distributed any further. Czech and foreign actors and directors of great importance regularly visit this international festival. In previous years, Karlovy Vary has welcomed such famous names as the actors Jude Law, Danny De Vito, Andy Garcia, Robert de Niro, Robert Redford, Harvey Keitel and John Malkovich, actresses Sharon Stone, Renée Zellweger, Ornella Muti, Keira Knightley and directors Miloš Forman, Nikita Michalkov, Jiří Menzel, Věra Chytilová and many others. One of this year’s stars will be the famous British Oscar-winning film and stage actress Judi Dench, who will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.
The biggest event of the festival is the main competition for full-length feature films which only presents the films that were made in the previous season and those that have not been shown in the competition section of any other festival of Category A. Apart from the official competition, the Documentary Films in Competition and the East of the West Competition Section, audiences can look forward to seeing traditional informative sections and current thematic retrospectives.
Like in the previous years, the 48th year of the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary will be rich in film premieres and famous celebrities. Besides the films featured within the competition section, there will be news from the IFF Cannes, as well as films awarded at other film festivals, films distinctive with unusual artistic approach and the like. This year, visitors may enjoy the presence of Jerry Schatzberg, the winner of the Cannes's Palme d'Or awarded for the film Scarecrow. The KVIFF will award the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema to American screenwriter, director and producer, and three-time Oscar winner, Oliver Stone. Furthermore, this year the festival will present a profile of Kurdish cinema through fifteen features and shorts, whose directors are connected by their Kurdish origins.
The rich film programme of the festival will be accompanied by various events, such as parties, concerts, workshops, etc. You can find a detailed list of films and events of the Karlovy Vary IFF here