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Dear friends,

Without losing any of its lustre and energy, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has swung into its sixth decade of existence, and Czech and foreign fans will once again come together for this latest celebration of filmmaking. The pleasant summer atmosphere, created by a collection of young film lovers, families with children and both shining and rising stars of the silver screen, will be supported by the ČEZ Group for the fifteenth time.

Even now, the first July days promise a showcase of the best films of contemporary Czech and foreign production. A wide range of thrilling, happy, tragic, funny and heartbreaking stories will again be told in Karlovy Vary. As always, it will not only stop at contemplation in a darkened cinema. The otherwise quiet spa colonnade will come to life thanks to the energy brought to it by film buffs… And yes I admit it! Our aim is to again use this energy for a good cause.

Whether you are running for tickets in the morning, and then with them towards further unforgettable film experiences, or for an autograph or selfie with a film star, you can help! Download the EPP – Help through Exercise mobile application and collect points while walking or running, which you can then donate and, via the ČEZ Foundation, contribute to the support of a charity project of your choice.

But your energy can also be put to good use without the mobile application. Exceptional experiences and entertainment are promised this year by an opening concert of the most famous film melodies performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at the Hotel Thermal. The very next day, you can look forward to other packed concerts on the Energy Fest stage, which will once again take place on the Postal Court (Poštovní Dvůr). On this occasion you will also have the opportunity to combine recreation with useful help. As part of the ČEZ Foundation’s charity event, people traditionally provide help to those who need it just by pedalling their bikes. Our Energy Zone facilities will then once again be available for recharging batteries.

“51” is the first step into a new decade. I’m curious to know what this decade will bring to Karlovy Vary. What I do know, is that you will enjoy the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to the full and draw a sufficient amount of energy which, thanks to you, we can pass on and help.

I wish you a wonderful summer full of film experiences and more,

Daniel Beneš
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ČEZ Group

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