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The International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary is an annual film festival, which takes place in July in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The festival was attributed the category “A” since 1956.
Thanks to the “A” Category, the Film Festival in Karlovy Vary is a part of a group of prestigious festivals with the status of "non-specialized festival with a competition-length feature films", such as, for example, the International Film Festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Tokyo. The Festival in Karlovy Vary is one of the few festivals of the category that is opened to the public.
More than 200 new films from around the world are presented at the festival in the Czech Republic annually. Some movies are shown only at the festival and do not enter the distribution network after it. The International Film Festival is regularly visited by famous actors and directors, not only from the Czech Republic, for example, the actors Judy Love, Danny DeVito, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Harvey Keitel and John Malkovich, the actress Sharon Stone, Renee Zellweger, Ornella Muti, Keira Knightley and the directors Milos Forman, Nikita Mikhalkov, Jiri Menzel, Vera Chytilova and many others. The greatest attention is paid to the main International competition of full-length feature films. Only the films made in the last season, that hadn’t participated in other film festivals of "A" category, are selected to participate at the festival. Besides the official competition, the competition of documentary films and the competition of the section "The East of the West", the traditional news sections and current thematic retrospectives had already been prepared for the spectators.
The history of the festival
The Festival History began in 1946 when the spa town Marianske Lazne hosted the first filmmakers’ festival of unusual format. Films from seven countries participated at the festival. There wasn’t any competition at the festival in 1946-1947. The Film festival had to prove that the nationalized film industry in the country is quite viable.
The International competition of films was first held in 1948.
The festival was held in Karlovy Vary since 1950. It was an annual event until 1952. The festival takes place every year since 1952.
The festival is already judged by an international jury since 1951.The Karlovy Vary competition found quickly its place among the developing festivals and received the “A” category in 1956.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Foundation was established in 1993. Its founders were the Ministry of Culture, the Karlovy Vary City Hall and the Grand Hotel "Pupp". The official opening and the closing ceremonies of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival were held at the Great Hall of the Hotel "Termal".
The festival is held annually, usually in July since 1994. More than 200 films are shown each year at the festival. Many of them are European and world premieres.
The International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary 2011
The 46th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary was held from 1 to 9 July. The total amount of 179 films had been shown. Twelve movies participated at the competition program.
The movie "Generation P", directed by Victor Ginzburg, was awarded with the Special Jury Mention. The movie participated in the second film competition program of the central and Eastern Europe "The East of the West". The film "Restoration" by Madmony Joseph was awarded with the "Crystal Globe" which is the main jury prize. The movie “Gypsy” by Martin Sulik received the Special Jury Prize and the Special Mention. The Best Director Award went to "Holidays by the Sea". The film "Cracks in the Shell" was awarded for the Best Actress, and "Collaborator' was awarded for the Best Actor.
The International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary is one of the most famous festivals in Europe and the largest event of its kind in the Czech Republic.
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