Karlovy Vary – 52nd international film festival is the center of the world’s attention
Festival in Media

300 invited film directors and actors, 150 feature films, 70 world, international or European premieres, 800 distributors, sales agents and producers, an audience of 11,000 - it is "Karlovy Vary" in numbers.

More than 700 accredited local and foreign journalists are a guarantee that the festival will be the center of the world's attention. EuroChannel, ZDF, Canal+, Reuters TV, BBC World Service Radio, Radio France Internationale, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, Varity, Screen International, The Washington Post and many other media sources cover one of the oldest and most prestigious international film festival of the Eastern Europe - "Karlovy Vary" annually.

For the first time, film festival in Czech Republic took place in Mariánské Lázně in 1946. The next year, the festival moved to Karlovy Vary and since that date, Karlovy Vary got its place of honor at the map of film festivals. In 1956, International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), recognized it as a category ‘A' festival.

Although the festival had been working under tense social pressure for about 40 years, political events taken place in 1994 and the alternation of the management (the festival was now headed by Czech actor Jiří Bartoška and a film journalist Eva Zaoralová), breathed a new life to the festival and it was brought to attention of cinema professionals again.

Among many other sections, there are three competition programs at the festival - "Official Selections", "East of the West" and "Documentary". International jury will announce the winners of these sections and awards them the Grand Prize of the festival - Cristal Globe. This year, at 52nd "Karlovy Vary" festival, opened at 30th of June, two Georgian films will be at the competition program: "Khibula" by Giorgi Ovashvili ("Official selections") and "Dede" by Mariam Khatchvani ("East of the West"). Georgian film director Rusudan Glurjidze is invited as a member of the "East of the West" section jury.

Simultaneously with the screenings, KVIFF includes "Industrial section" which unites numerous cinematographers - directors, screenwriters, international sales agents, distributors and festival programmers.

Interesting discussion panels and round tables are held for the participants of "Industrial section" where they share their experiences which is extremely important for young professionals working in cinematography. Networks are being established as modern filmmaking is almost unimaginable without the networking. Every year 200 film screenings are held during the festival and 70 of them are the premieres. Most of these films don't have international sales agent. The aim of industrial section is to connect film professionals and establish new ways of co-production and cooperation.

Besides to Karlovy Vary group, the "Industrial Section" topics will be presented by "Creative Europe - Media" (The EU program to support culture sectors), "Eurimages" (European Cinema Support Fund of Council of Europe), "Variety" magazine, "LUX film Prize" (the prize of European Parliament in cinematography), TorinoFilmLab (laboratory that primarily supports upcoming directors).

Apart from that, festival offers one more interesting event to upcoming cinematographers. In cooperation with EFP (European Film Promotion) and "Creative Europe - Media" specially for young cinematographers, famous Canadian director Denis Côté is invited as a mentor in the program of "Future Frames" mastering the Art of Independent Cinema. "Nowadays, one must find several alternatives to face the diktats of the industry. The ways to finance film projects are often linked to strict rules that lead us to question or even abandon our creative ideals." - says Denis Côté.

Côté created 12 feature and 16 short films over the past 20 years. His films are awarded at Locarno and Berlin film festivals. "He's a perfect mentor with exceptional achievements to inspire and guide the "Future Frames" young participants. This will be different from everything we learn at film school" - claim the representatives of KVIFF.

52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will be closed at July 8.



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