Industry Events

The Film Industry Days are July 2-5, 2017.

All events are in English unless stated otherwise.

SUNDAY 2 JULY - PRODUCTION DAY

Majority or Minority Co-productions? Debating the Possibilities of Effective Support for Czecho-Slovak Films

Sunday 2 July, 11am–12:30pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Representatives from the Czech Film Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund will discuss the ins and outs of co-production support schemes with filmmakers from both countries. The main question to be addressed is: how to finance more ambitious Czecho-Slovak co-production projects while still protecting smaller national productions? The debate will also explore the possibility of supporting projects that are equally financed and/or creatively developed by both sides, the definition of “minority co-production,” and the inter-compatibility of the two countries’ production support schemes.

Artisans in Focus Variety Panel

Sunday 2 July, 2:30–4pm / Vodafone Lounge

While legendary film stars and great auteurs of global cinema are regularly celebrated, less heralded are the geniuses behind the camera. In a historic new event at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Artisans in Focus will spotlight the brilliant individuals who create the images and sounds that form the magic of movies. This panel of internationally recognized creative professionals, hosted by Variety and in partnership with Barrandov Studio and Czech Anglo Productions, will illuminate crafts such as cinematography, production and costume design, editing - and explore how artisans work with directors, producers and actors. Moderated by Variety's Peter Caranicas, the session will also survey the future of filmmaking as the digital revolution transforms the industry. Cinema professionals and serious fans will mark their calendars for this major new KVIFF track on the fine art of collaboration in filmmaking.

More information HERE.

Promotion and Visibility of European Audiovisual Works

Sunday 2 July, 4:30–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

A look at the promotion and visibility of European audiovisual works from a European perspective. Among other things, the LUX Film Prize and the Creative Europe programme strive to improve the visibility and circulation of European films throughout Europe. How should the promotion of European films be boosted? Is the first step to create a legal framework establishing a level playing field that would help to foster cultural diversity...? The panel is organised by the LUX Film Prize of the European Parliament and Creative Europe Desk CZ – MEDIA, in partnership with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Registration at media@kreativnievropa.cz.

More information HERE.

Czech Film Fund Happy Hour: Meet members of the Council of the Czech Film Fund

Sunday 2 July, 5–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

In February 2017, the Czech Film Commission and the Czech Film Center joined the Czech Film Fund, the central institution responsible for financing and fostering the development of the Czech audiovisual industry. Each happy hour event has a different theme: You can meet the members of the Fund’s board of directors to hear about their strategies and priorities in evaluating projects; discuss the Fund’s future plans with its director; ask the Czech Film Commission and representatives of the Czech Republic’s regional film offices what they can offer filmmakers; or visit with the Czech Film Center and learn about the current state of Czech cinema. Check out the complete program of Czech Film Fund Happy Hour events, which will take place 2–5 July from 5 to 6pm.

LUX Film Prize Unveils Top Ten Films

Sunday 2 July, 7–8:30pm / La Belle Epoque, Grandhotel Pupp

During the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the European Parliament’s LUX Film Prize will unveil the ten films in its official selection for the 2017 awards. Also on this occasion, the Audience Mention from the last edition will be announced. Of the ten films in the Official Selection, three will be subtitled into the EU’s 24 official languages and travel across Europe during LUX Film Days. The unveiling ceremony is organised by the LUX Film Prize in partnership with KVIFF. By invitation only. More information at luxprize@ep.europa.eu.

MONDAY 3 JULY - SALES AND DISTRIBUTION DAY

The Constant Gardeners - What Role for Distributors in the New Film Industry Ecosystem?

Monday 3 July, 9:30–11:30am / Lázně III Cinema

In this open panel, Europa Distribution focuses on the current state of play of independent film distribution in Europe. What figures best reflect the evolution of the market? How to interpret the data available? And what are the challenges faced by distributors today? During this panel discussion, moderated by Michael Gubbins and introduced by Bogdan Wenta (European Parliament), Huw Jones (University of York) and Liesbeth Sträter (University of Antwerp) will present the outcomes of their academic research, while Nikolas Moschakis (FIAD) and Ben Johnson (Gruvi) approach the topic from a policy and marketing perspective.

More information HERE.

Café & Croissant with Barrandov Studio

Monday 3 July, 10–11am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Meet Barrandov Studio’s representatives every day, Monday to Friday from 10 to 11am, at the Industry Pool. Barrandov Studio is happy to invite you for coffee and croissant.

Innovative Examples of Film Distribution in Europe - Showcase by Creative Europe - MEDIA

Monday 3 July, 12–1:30pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme works to improve the visibility and discoverability of European audiovisual works on VOD services. As a follow-up to the previous three years of support for the development of new online distribution platforms, the focus is now on innovative strategies for distribution and promotion, including audience development initiatives. This showcase will present a selection innovative MEDIA-supported projects covering various types of audiovisual works. The event is organised in cooperation with Creative Europe Desk – MEDIA Czech Republic, Munich, Berlin-Brandenburg, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

More information HERE.

Works in Progress @KVIFF

Monday 3 July, 2–3:30pm / Congress Hall, Hotel Thermal

Eight projects in post-production from Central and Eastern Europe, the post-Soviet territories, the Balkans, Turkey and Greece will be presented in this session. These projects, with no international sales attached, have been carefully selected to show the talent and perspectives from different corners of the region and to help them start their festival or distribution journey. The most promising project will be awarded a post-production package worth EUR 100,000. This is a flagship project of the Film Industry Office with a long tradition at the Festival. We are grateful to our partners UPP, Soundsquare and Barrandov Studio.

More information HERE.

Eurimages Lab Project @KVIFF

Monday 3 July, 4–5:30pm / Congress Hall, Hotel Thermal

Eight international projects in production and post-production from Eurimages countries will be presented at this session, which was introduced for the first time last year. While the traditional filmmaking system can sometimes be an obstacle, these curated projects used a non-traditional approach and cutting-edge creativity and resilience in order to find their way to audiences. With kind support from Eurimages, the most promising project will receive a cash award of EUR 50,000. Join us and be inspired by filmmakers and producers who continue to think outside of the box!

More information HERE.

Czech Film Fund Happy Hour: Meet the Czech Film Commission and regional film offices

Monday 3 July, 5–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

In February 2017, the Czech Film Commission became part of the Czech Film Fund. In recent years, it has assisted to establish film offices in many regions of the Czech Repubilc and works closely with them. This year in Karlovy Vary, in addition to the Czech Film Commission, representatives from the Karlovy Vary Region, City of Brno, Ústí Region, East Bohemia, Olomouc Region, and Northern Moravia - Silesia film offices will be on hand. Ask them what they can offer to filmmakers.

TUESDAY 4 JULY - DEVELOPMENT DAY

Café & Croissant with Barrandov Studio

Tuesday 4 July, 10–11am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Meet Barrandov Studio’s representatives every day, Monday to Friday from 10 to 11am, at the Industry Pool. Barrandov Studio is happy to invite you for coffee and croissant.

Pitch & Feedback @KVIFF

Tuesday 4 July, 10am–1pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Pitch & Feedback is the annual presentation of selected Czech and Slovak film projects in development. It is organized by the Czech Film Center, the Slovak Film Institute and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Projects with the potential for international success will be pitched to important representatives from various areas of the international film industry who will provide direct feedback and advice for each project.

More information about Pitch and Feedback @KVIFF to be found HERE.

Docu Talents @KVIFF

Tuesday 4 July, 2–4 pm, Congress Hall, Hotel Thermal

A presentation of the finest Central and Eastern European creative documentary projects in the stages of production or post-production.

Organized and curated by the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival in cooperation with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, this prominent event hosts twelve carefully selected feature-length documentaries from the region that are planned for theatrical release between August 2017 and July 2018.

More information about Docu talents @KVIFF to be found HERE.

The Benefits of Guided Script Development

Tuesday 4 July , 4–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

It is a proven fact that a well-treated script has a far higher chance of becoming a successful film. Join us for a panel which will explain why script doctoring has become essential in today’s film development, and what are its benefits, opportunities, processes and outcomes. MIDPOINT’s instructor Naomi Foner will give a keynote lecture, followed by a presentation of the planned the Czech Film Fund’s Script Incubator and successful showcases of Torino Film Lab’s programme. Together, we will look at the role of teachers, script-development platforms, festivals and scriptwriters themselves. Join us if you are still unsure whether script development is worth your time, money and effort. If you are a believer, come and consider your options.

More information HERE.

Czech Film Fund Happy Hour: Meet Helena Bezděk Fraňková, director of the Czech Film Fund

Tuesday 4 July, 5–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

From July 2-5 from 5-6pm, stop by the Industry Pool and meet up with representatives of the Czech Film Fund. On July 4, you'll have the opportunity to meet Helena Bezděk Franková and discuss how the Fund can work better or ask about the Fund's bold plans for the future.

WEDNESDAY 5 JULY – BUSINESS AND FINANCE DAY

Café & Croissant with Barrandov Studio

Wednesday 5 July, 10–11am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Meet Barrandov Studio’s representatives every day, Monday to Friday from 10 to 11am, at the Industry Pool. Barrandov Studio is happy to invite you for coffee and croissant.

Special Screenings: A Taste of KVIFF Films

Wednesday 5 July, 10am–12:30pm / Cinema A

The KVIFF programme is packed with film titles that reflect the festival’s position as a gateway to the region. Not everyone has the time to see all the films that KVIFF traditionally selects for its competitions. This careful selection of films from the festival’s main competition and the East of the West competitions allows film professionals to get a taste of what’s on offer. While some festival films can be viewed later in our video library or on Cinando, a good curated overview can guide you towards a more thorough follow-up.

As capacity is limited, only registered guests will be guaranteed a place, subject to availability. Please register at industry@kviff.com or at the Industry Office Reception.

Beyond Public Film Funding – Private Equity and Loans

Wednesday 5 July, 1:30–3pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Financing a film is a complex and risky process that usually relies heavily on financial contributions from state institutions. However, with a limited pie to share, other options need attention as well. How can you involve other players in your budgeting and what special approach should you take when reaching out to banks and private equity investors? What are their expectations, what precautions do they take and how can you best deliver what they want? This panel discussion with representatives from banks, film funds and private donors will provide better insight into these questions. Hosted by Barrandov Studio.

More information HERE.

Perspectives of Branded Content in Film-making: Helping to Find Demand for Short Films

Wednesday 5 July, 3–5pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

The challenge for many filmmakers is to find a purpose for their creative storytelling. Not all films are supported by public money, and few are lucky to get produced. The local Czech short film format in particular is facing difficulties because market demand is low and there are few incentives to make short films. At the same time, the format is convenient for today’s fast-paced media consumption. Could corporations become better patrons for filmmakers by giving them an opportunity to unleash their creative potential while helping strengthen their brand? At this panel discussion, experts, filmmakers and representatives of private companies share their motivations for using film in connection with branding.

Czech Film Fund Happy Hour: Meet the Czech Film Center

Wednesday 5 July, 5–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Since February 2017, the Czech Film Center has been part of the Czech Film Fund. Stop by on July 5 to meet with representatives of the Czech Film Center - learn about the current state of Czech cinema and its promotion worldwide.

THURSDAY 6 JULY – TRAINING DAY

Café & Croissant with Barrandov Studio

Thursday 6 July, 10–11am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Meet Barrandov Studio’s representatives every day, Monday to Friday from 10 to 11am, at the Industry Pool. Barrandov Studio is happy to invite you for coffee and croissant.

Meet TFL – Round Tables

Thursday 6 July, 10–11:30am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

TorinoFilmLab is a year-round international lab based in Turin, Italy. The lab focuses on first and second feature films and TV series through training, development, funding and distribution activities. This pioneering institution has been supporting emerging talents from all over the world for over ten years, and its various programmes have helped to develop more than 70 films, many of which have been shown at the world’s most prestigious film festivals. The lab’s fields of activity range from script development to production mentoring and audience engagement. The first morning of Meet TFL will consist of several round tables covering all these activities, moderated by TFL staff and alumni.

Registration at Juliette.fournier@torinofilmlab.it (subject to availability).

More information HERE.

Meet TFL – The State of the Industry

Thursday 6 July, 4:30–6pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Over the years, many talented individuals have crossed paths with TorinoFilmLab, the year-round international lab based in Turin, Italy. Each of them came with their own experiences and with a willingness to share their visions and questions with fellow members of the TFL community. During this extraordinary meeting, instructors, alumni and staff from TorinoFilmLab will come together on stage to share their view of the state of the industry in 2017. How can good dialogue illuminate your characters, move your plot forward and develop relationships? What is the VR revolution and how can we embrace it? What is happening with television series? These are some of the subjects that we will explore during the second part of Meet TFL.

More information HERE.

FRIDAY 7 JULY – INNOVATION DAY

Café & Croissant with Barrandov Studio

Friday 7 July, 10–11am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Meet Barrandov Studio’s representatives every day, Monday to Friday from 10 to 11am, at the Industry Pool. Barrandov Studio is happy to invite you for coffee and croissant.

Case Study: A Ciambra

Friday 7 July, 10–11am / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

With his second feature film, A Ciambra, Italian-American director Jonas Carpignano (Mediterranea) continues to explore the southern Italian province of Calabria by creating close-up portraits of its inhabitants. The film is the result of long and meticulous preparatory work involving observation, analysis and writing – its script was developed within TorinoFilmLab, the international laboratory based in Turin, Italy. A Ciambra is the result of an unusual production structure: it is a Brazilian production, with co-producers from the United States, Italy, Germany, France and Sweden. Another major novelty is its financing plan, as this is the first film ever to receive support from the newly launched Martin Scorsese fund. TFL Artistic Director Matthieu Darras will interview the director, focusing on these innovations and on Jonas’s work all the way from script to screen.

More information HERE.

Virtual Reality – Expanding the Cinema Experience

Friday 7 July, 1–2:30pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

A truly immersive cinematic experience is now just a few steps away as festivals and producers around the world look at how to boost the creation of interesting and exciting content using the technologies that are currently available. Where are we at this stage, and can we soon expect to experience cinema in a way that might completely revolutionize the silver screen as we know it? Join us for a presentation of the latest trends in virtual reality as a new and innovative technology and as a new format. Learn about new aspects of the future of cinema and virtual reality and the closing gap between art, technology and business. Hosted by Petr Tichý, CEO of Barrandov Studio.

Innovative Distribution Showcase

Friday 7 July, 3–5pm / Industry Pool, Hotel Thermal

Today’s modern technology and social networking data can help us target the appropriate audience and motivate them to see or buy niche films. How can we leverage this approach most appropriately while purchasing risk-free advertising? Operam is a full-service media agency comprised of data scientists, engineers, and an award winning creative team. Their learning algorithms leverage data from all buying platforms to create real-time, continuous feedback loops of actionable insights that drive holistic and impactful omni-channel initiatives. Join us to see how technology can boost demand for independent film. Hosted by Jay van Hoy and Jakub Jurovych.

Jay Van Hoy, American producer, a longtime advisor at the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab. In 2004 he cofounded Parts & Labor, a production company dedicated to director-driven pictures. He participated in the creation of Beginners, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Love Is Strange, The Witch or this year’s Cannes favorite American Honey.

KVIFF Talks – Meet the Filmmakers

KVIFF Talks are regular meetings at which directors, actors, and other filmmakers present their work as part of the festival program. During the seven years of KVIFF Talks, many filmmakers have shared their experiences with the audience, including directors Oliver Stone, Todd Solondz, Michel Gondry, William Friedkin and Charlie Kaufman, actors Harvey Keitel, John Malkovich, Christopher Lee and Michael Shannon, and film editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

During the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, we are organizing KVIFF Talks with the following filmmakers:

The British creative duo of Ken Loach and Paul Laverty

Canadian director Denis Côté

The creators of the American film A Ghost Story

Film music composer James Newton Howard

KVIFF Talks are in English and open to the general public (no tickets or festival passes necessary).

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