“Promotion of new talent has always been a central part of the festival’s activities. With KVIFF Talents we are taking this activity to the next level. The program will be another important piece of the puzzle that will promote greater originality, creative daring and international ambition for filmmakers in our region,” says KVIFF Executive Director Krystof Mucha. You can find more information about the program here.
The Karlovy Vary Festival will support Ukrainian filmmakers and the country’s film industry through a unique joint project with the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF). The unprecedented military attack on Ukraine caused serious upheavals in the cultural life of the country. The Karlovy Vary Festival expresses its full support to the Ukrainian filmmakers and festival organizers and will thus host the Works-in-Progress program of the 13th Odessa International Film Festival, which cannot be held there due to the war. In Karlovy Vary the program will be called OIFF WIP Selection. Applications for the OIFF WIP selection will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Broad solidarity with Ukraine, which suffered from the war, should also include support for the cultural life of the country, which at the moment has practically stopped. As a film festival, we tried to find ways to support Ukrainian cinema, and we are glad that we managed to find a meaningful form of cooperation with the Odessa Film Festival,” says Hugo Rosak, Head of Industry at KVIFF.
“The war has a direct impact on the film industry, so we will be holding industry screenings of the Odessa International Film Festival as part of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. It is a great honor for us to have the opportunity to show Ukrainian cinema, talent and culture to the world,” said Anna Machuh, General Director of the OIFF.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will continue its long tradition of premiering digitally restored versions of classic Czech films by showing another important example of the Czechoslovak “new wave” – the adaptation of the 1968 novel The Joke by Milan Kundera directed by Jaromil Jireš. The KVIFF President’s Award for outstanding figures of Czech cinema will be presented to the actor, playwright, screenwriter and director Boleslav Polivka. The visual effects for the 56th KVIFF were designed by Jonathan Kuna and Zuzana Lednicka of Studio Najbrt, whose ongoing collaboration with KVIFF dates back to 1995.
For more information visit official site Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.