Film Festivals in Czech Republic

Film Festivals in Czech Republic

Film Festivals in Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Founded in: 1946
Event Date: 28 June  - 6 July 2019
Location: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
President: Jiří Bartoška
Artistic Director: Karel Och

Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary a.s.
Panská 1
110 00 Praha 1
Česká republika
Tel: + 420 221 411 011 nebo 22
Fax: + 420 221 411 033

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and one of the most prestigious festivals in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals. 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, and a broad range of other services.

International competitions:
Official Selection - Competition
Feature-length films Competition - a non-specialized international competition - World or International premieres
East of the West Competition – first and second films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Greece, the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Middle East presented as World, International or European premieres
Documentary Films Competition - international competition of feature-length documentary films presented as World, International and European premieres.

Non-competitive sections: 
Horizons and Another View -selection of the most remarkable contemporary films.
Imagina - films with an unconventional approach to narration and style, distinctive and radical visions of film language.
Out of the Past - classic, cult, rare and unfairly overlooked films, screened in their original or restored versions.
People Next Door - thematic section created together by the Karlovy Vary IFF and the Sirius Foundation, whose programme reflects the ideas underlying the Walking People campaign. The aim of campaign is to show the majority public how to communicate with people with disabilities and how to interact with them.
Future Frames: Ten New Filmmakers to Follow -ten directors, an upcoming generation of young European filmmakers, present their student films. The project is organized in cooperation with European Film Promotion.
Variety Critics’ Choice - ten extraordinary films from the past season, selected by the critics of prestigious Variety magazine.
Midnight Screenings - 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
Tributes, special focuses and retrospectives

Categories: feature, animation, feature length documentary (no films under 60 min.)

Attendance Figures 
Total attendance: 120 000
Accredited guests: 11 000
Film Industry professionals: 850
Filmmakers: 300
Journalists: 700

Industry section
The main goal of the industry section is to connect film professionals, provide producers and directors with an opportunity to present their films and a space for meeting buyers, distributors, and representatives from other film festivals. The festival is visited by a total of nearly 850 film professionals from 60 countries throughout the world. Among regular industry events are Works in Progress -  a platform for a presentation of the most promising new films from eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, and the countries of the former Soviet, Pitch & Feedback - a unique opportunity for Czech and Slovak films-in-development to receive feedback from international experts and  Docu Talents from the East,  presenting the most notable original documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe.

ZLIN - International Film Festival for Children and Youth

Founded in 1961
Event Date: 24 May - 1 June 2019
Location: Zlín, Czech Republic
President: Čestmír Vančura
Programme Director: Markéta Pášmová

Filmová 174
760 01 Zlín – Kudlov
Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 577 592 275

ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL is the oldest and largest film festival of its kind in the world.  Each year the festival presents around 300 films from more than 60 countries. The festival is an active member of the European Children's Film Association and the International Centre of Films for Children and Young People – CIFEJ.  ZFF organizes an extensive supporting, professional and charitable programme.

International competitions:
International Competition of Feature Films for Children
8 feature films for children up to 12 years of age.
International Competition of Feature Films For Youth
8 feature films for youth from 12 years of age up. The main selection criterion is the focus on personality of adolescent.
International Competition of Short Animated Films for Children
60 short animations for children made by professionals.
International Competition of European First Feature Films
10 first feature films of European directors focusing on young filmmakers´ unusual view of the contemporary world.
Zlín Dog - International Competition of Student Films
Student short films of all genres

Non-competitive sections: 
Films awarded at other festivals - quality film productions for children and young people made over the past year. 
Days of European Cinema
Czech Films and TV Programmes
Documentary Films
Documentary production for children and youth or covering areas connected to questions of children and youth.
Young Stars

Attendance Figures 
Total attendance: 125 000

Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

Founded in 1997
Event Date: 24 - 29 October 2019
Location: Jihlava, Czech Republic
Festival Director: Marek Hovorka

Vodičkova 36
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

Ji.hlava IDFF is the largest festival of creative documentary films in Central and Eastern Europe, focusing not only on Czech and CEE films, but also on experimental and contemporary world documentaries. The festival is a meeting place for the documentary filmmakers connected with the Ji.hlava Industry Programme. The festival is a co-founder of Doc Alliance, a network of European documentary film festivals; its website ( offers an online gateway to more than 1400 documentary films.

Opus Bonum
Contemporary World Documentary Competition
First Lights
First feature length documetaries
Between the Seas
Latest documentary Filmmaking of Central and European Countries
Czech Joy
Czech Documentaries of the Past Year
Experimental Documentary Film Competition
Czech experimental documentaries
A Testimony of Politics
A Testimony on Nature
A Testimony of Knowledge
New definition of scientific documentary

Non-competitive sections: 
Translucent Beings
Retrospective Profiles of Unique Personalities for World Documentary)
Transparent Landscape
Featuring country with a newly discovered identity
Special Events
Exceptional cinema events
Doc.Alliance selection
Selection of the Partner European festivals
Survey of the latest Czech experimental films
Day for Audiovisual Heritage
Celebrating the World Day of Audiovisual Heritage declared by UNESCO
Doc-fi expresses the conviction that the boundary between documentary and fiction is porous
New television formats
FAMU presents
Czech TV documentaries
My Street Films
Films made by public

Industry programme:
Emerging Producers – industry flagship of the festival presenting talented European documentary producers Inspiration Forum, Visegrad Accelerator, Festival Identity
Attendance Figures 
Total attendance: 4500
Film professionals: 1000

One World

Founded in 1992
Event date: 6 – 17 March 2019
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Director: Ondřej Kamenický
Programnme director: Ondřej Moravec

People in Need
Šafaříkova 24
CZ-120 00 Prague 2
Czech Republic
Tel.: +420 226 200 400

The largest human rights documentary film festival in the world. The festival works with a broad definition of human rights - the programme also includes films dealing with social issues, the environment and lifestyles. Besides Prague, the festival presents its films in 32 other cities around the Czech Republic.

Competitive Sections:
International Competition
Unique creative approach. Film competing for Best Film Award and Best Director Award
Right to Know
Films with powerful themes - Vaclav Havel Jury Award
Czech Competition

Non-competitive sections:
Vote to Change!; Dreams of Europe; Who is normal Here?; Family Happiness; So Called Civilisation; Faces of the City; The Power of the Media; Journeys to Freedom; Panorama; Docs for Kids; One World Interactive

Industry Programme
East Doc Platform , the largest documentary event in the region organised by the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) presenting  documentary projects

Attendance figures:
Total attendance: 120 000
Professionals: 400


FEBIOFEST - Prague International Film Festival

Founded in 1993
Event date: 21 – 29 March 2019
Location: Prague
President: Fero Fenič
Artistic directors: Anna Kopecká, Michal Hogenauer

Růžová 13
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
Prague International Film Festival  - FEBIOFEST presents both international and Czech film production, ranging from  new distribution releases from small country cinemas to narrow-profile titles that are not shown in cinemas. The programme includes a competition for young Europeans, children's films and selected films from Asia, the Balkans or Scandinavia.  After Prague, the programme travels to other cities, within the framework of regional echoes.

Attendance figures:
Total Attendance: 65 000


Founded in 2010
Event date: 7 – 12 May 2019
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Director: Tomáš Rychetský
Artistic director: Pavel Horáček

Valdštejnské nám. 2
CZ-118 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Tel./Fax: +420 257 534 646

International festival of animated films Anifilm  presents current trends, methods, technologies and animation techniques. It also supports works in progress and brand new animation projects and their authors, producers and distributors. The festival  hosts  Visegrad Animation Forum - a pitching competition open to animated shorts, series and specials  in development, also supported by Creative Europe -  MEDIA .

International Competitions:
Animated Feature Films
Films for Grown-ups/Films for Children
Animated Short Films
Student Animated Films
Music Videos
Abstract and Non-narrative Animation
Independent Computer Games
Visual Art/Game for Children

National competitions:
Czech Horizon
Short Film
Student Film
TV / On-line Films and Series
Commissioned Works

Non-competitive sections:
Main themes of the festival
- Curators’ selections focusing on a specific genre, technique, etc.
Retrospectives - Retrospectives of a distinguished authors
Jury Programme - Films made by members of Anifilm Jury
Midnight animation
Dust classic off
Taking Stock and Special Screenings - The most successful films that have premiered in the Czech Republic during  previous year

Industry Programme
Masterclasses, workshops, works in progress, presentations and lectures by internationally renowned film professionals, Visegrad Animation Forum (VAF) attracting new partners, producers, broadcasters, and film distributors. AniMarket and Game Day promoting both Czech and foreign independent games and interactive projects

Attendance figures:
Total attendance: 27 000 viewers
Film professionals: 1000

Prague Short Film Festival

Founded in 2005
Event date: 23 – 27 January 2019
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Programme Director: Karel Spěšný

Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary
Panská 1
CZ-110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Tel.: + 420 221 411 011

Prague Short Films Festival is organized by Film Servis Karlovy Vary, the organizer of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Prague Short Film Festival is a competitive Festival of short films. Its aim is to contribute to the development and promotion of artistic short films and their production.

Categories: only scripted short films under 30 minutes are eligible to compete at the Festival

Competitive sections:

International competition of short films under 30 minutes
National competition of short films under 30 minutes

Non-competitive sections:

Follow Me
Brutal Relax Show
LABO – experimental and new ways
Life on Mars
Man – User´s Manual
Worlds of Tomorrow

International Student Film Festival Písek

Founded in 1996
Event date: 16 – 18 October 2019
Location: Písek
Director: Vladana Terčová

Centrum kultury města Písek
Nábřeží 1. máje 1605
397 01 Písek
Czech Republic

The first International Student Film Festival Písek was held in 1996, a year after the film school in Písek was founded. The festival promotes both local and foreign student work,  presenting a thematically and nationally diverse collection of student films under 30 minutes. Students of the Písek school help to organize the festival, gaining valuable experience for their further professional careers.

Categories: Fiction, documentary, animation up to 30 minutes



Founded in 1960
Event date: 9 – 12 October 2019
Location: Brno
Director: Milan Šimánek
Artistic director: Marika Kupková

TIC Brno
Radnická 2-10
CZ-658 78 Brno
Czech Republic
Mobile:+420 542 427 108

Brno 16 is the longest-running international short film festival in the Czech Republic, deriving its name from the 16 mm film format. As well as presenting short films from over 40 countries, the festival provides a forum for a variety of perspectives on the craft of image-making, and a platform for contacts among filmmakers. 

Categories: short films up to 25 minutes, including animated films, shot on 16mm or digital cameras and mobile phones

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