Competition sections

The complete programme of the 52nd Karlovy Vary IFF will be published during June, 2017.

Festival programme

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Each year, the Karlovy Vary IFF presents about 150 films from around the world.

With the exception of retrospectives, all films will be shown in the Czech Republic for the first time, and some will have world, international or European premieres.

In addition to the traditional programme sections showcasing the work of outstanding international filmmakers and promising new creative talents, festival visitors can also look forward to interesting retrospectives and specialised sections.

Competition sections

Official Selection - Competition
A non-specialized international competition of feature-length films presented as World or International premieres.

East of the West - Competition
An international competition – first and second films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey and the countries of the former Soviet Union that presented as World, International or European premieres.

Documentary Films - Competition
An international competition of feature-length documentary films presented as World, International and European premieres.

Non-competition sections

Horizons and Another View
A selection of the most remarkable contemporary films.

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 representatives of the Karlovy Vary IFF and the Sirius Foundation, whose programme reflects the ideas underlying the Walking People campaign (Chodící lidé). 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
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

Tributes, special focuses and retrospectives


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