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Introduction to the film festival

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1946, it is one of the oldest A-list film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe. Every year, the festival presents some 200 films from around the world, and regularly hosts famous and important filmmakers. The Karlovy Vary festival is intended for both film professionals and the general public, and offers visitors a carefully designed programme, excellent facilities and a broad range of other services. The greatest focus is on the traditional programme sections – the Crystal Globe Competition, which is reserved for feature-length films shot during the previous season that have not been shown at any other festival in international competition, and the section "East of the West", an international competition of debuts and second feature-length films from around the world shown exclusively as world, international, or European premieres.

Awards

The international Jury judging films in the Crystal Globe Competition is obliged to award the following prizes: - Grand Prix - Crystal Globe and 25,000 USD awarded to the best film (the financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film). This award may not be conferred ex-aequo. - Special Jury Prize and 15,000 USD (the financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film). This award may not be conferred ex-aequo. - Best Director Award - Best Actress Award - Best Actor Award Only one of the last three aforementioned awards may be conferred ex-aequo. The Crystal Globe Jury may award up to a maximum of two Special Jury Mentions, the nature of which will be clearly defined by the Jury. The Crystal Globe Jury cannot award more than two prizes to the same film. 、East of the West Competition The international East of the West Jury judging films in the East of the West Competition is obliged to award the following prizes: - East of the West Grand Prix and 15,000 USD to the best film (the financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film). This award may not be conferred ex-aequo. - East of the West Special Jury Prize and 10,000 USD (the financial award is shared equally by the director and producer of the award-winning film). This award may not be conferred ex-aequo.、Právo Audience Award

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP
Film pre-selection (submission guidelines) 1.Submitters The person submitting the film (hereafter “Submitter”) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all authorized representatives of the film to submit the film to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Sfilmmaker. 2.Selection Committee Film selection is carried out by a commission of experts functioning as an advisory body to the Artistic Director (together forming the Selection Committee). 3.Films eligible for open submissions Production of films submitted for participation must have been completed within the 12 months prior to the starting date of the Festival. Submitted films must not have been released anywhere (including festival screenings, DVD release, or television or internet broadcast) more than 12 months prior to the starting date of the Festival. 4.Regulations for open submissions Submitted films: - must be at least 60 minutes in length; - must be world, international or European premieres in order to be considered for the program. The Festival does not accept submissions of short and medium-length films (up to 60 minutes). In addition, any films which are solely promotional, educational or scientific in nature are not eligible for selection by the Festival. Films that have been submitted for Festival consideration in previous years are eligible for submission to the 55th Karlovy Vary IFF only if the film has undergone significant changes since it was last submitted. The Festival reserves the right to refuse a previously submitted film without refunding the submission fee collected from the Submitter. Preview screeners Only online screeners and DVDs (zone/region 0) are accepted as preview screeners for pre-selection. Blu-ray and other formats are not accepted. Please clearly indicate if the submitted screener is the final version or a work-in-progress. If you send a DVD, the cost of sending the package will be paid by the Submitter. The Festival reserves the right to refuse any shipments entailing additional costs. DVDs sent for pre-selection will not be returned. The Festival accepts no responsibility for damage suffered during delivery of the DVD to the Festival. Please send the package with the following customs declaration: “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only.” 6 Language version of preview screeners Films submitted for pre-selection must be presented in their original language version: - without subtitles if the original version is Czech or English; - with English or Czech subtitles if the original version is in any other language. 7 Submission fee Regular submission is subject to a submission fee. By February 28, 2021 the Submitter must: - send a preview screener (if the screener is a DVD, it must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2021); - pay the appropriate submission fee: €50 per film. Late submission is subject to a higher submission fee. By March 31, 2021 the Submitter must: - send a preview screener (if the screener is a DVD, it must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2021); - pay the appropriate submission fee: €65 per film. 8 Festival’s selection process The Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Submitter: any comments or feedback regarding his or her submitted films; any information relating to the manner in which the submitted films are, will be, or were considered and reviewed; any reasons why the submitted film, should it not be accepted for exhibition at the Festival, was not accepted; or any other information relating to the Festival’s selection process. The Festival disavows any responsibility for: the manner in which the submitted films are, will be, or were considered by the Selection Committee and/or its consultants; the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any submitted films that are or may be obtained by the Submitter; any communications by any representative of the Festival relating to the selection process.

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile

Authorization type

    Proxy Submission

Duration (several sessions)

    56

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Copyright transactions
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2021-11-15
    Submission start time

  • 2021-12-08
    Early bird submission

  • 2022-02-26
    Regular submission

  • 2022-03-29
    Late submission

  • 2022-03-29
    Submission end time

  • 2022-06-01
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2022-06-10
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2022-07-01
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2022-07-09
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Crystal Globe Competition
    Video length :60 - 150
    The submitted film must be world, international or European premiere in order to be considered for the program.

    2021/12/08
    Early bird submission

    Standard: 60 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

    2022/02/26
    Regular submission

    Standard: 80 Dollar

    Student: 80 Dollar

    2022/03/29
    Late submission

    Standard: 110 Dollar

    Student: 110 Dollar

  • East of the West Competition
    Video length :60 - 150
    Only films produced in the following countries may be included in the East of the West Competition: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosna and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

    2021/12/08
    Early bird submission

    Standard: 60 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

    2022/02/26
    Regular submission

    Standard: 80 Dollar

    Student: 80 Dollar

    2022/03/29
    Late submission

    Standard: 110 Dollar

    Student: 110 Dollar

  • Non-competitive sections
    Video length :60 - 150
    Special Screenings An exclusive selection of international and Czech films presented as premieres and avant-premieres. Horizons 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. Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema Ten directors, members of the upcoming generation of young European filmmakers, present their student films. The project is organized in cooperation with European Film Promotion. 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. People Next Door A thematic section created by the Karlovy Vary IFF in collaboration with the Sirius Foundation, whose programme reflects the ideas underlying the Walking People (Chodící lidé) campaign. The aim of this campaign is to show the general public how to communicate with people with disabilities and how to interact with them. Out of the Past Classic, cult, rare and unfairly overlooked films, screened in their original or restored versions. Tributes, special focuses and retrospectives

    2021/12/08
    Early bird submission

    Standard: 60 Dollar

    Student: 60 Dollar

    2022/02/26
    Regular submission

    Standard: 80 Dollar

    Student: 80 Dollar

    2022/03/29
    Late submission

    Standard: 110 Dollar

    Student: 110 Dollar

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