The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) as a non-specialized, competitive feature film festival.
Awards for films in the Crystal Globe Competition
- Grand Prix – Crystal Globe (25,000 USD)
- Special Jury Prize (15,000 USD)
- Best Director Award
- Best Actress Award
- Best Actor Award
Only one of these last three awards may be conferred ex-aequo.
- The jury may also award up to two Special Mentions, the nature of which will be clearly defined
- The Grand jury cannot award more than two prizes to the same film.
Awards for films in the Proxima Competition
- Proxima Grand Prix (15,000 USD)
- Proxima Special Jury Prize (10,000 USD)
Each year, the Karlovy Vary IFF recognises at least two exceptional figures who have made an indelible mark on the development of world cinema.
The Festival President’s Award is given to actors, directors, and producers who have made a fundamental contribution to the development of film and cinema, not just in their home countries but around the world.
Each year, the festival also presents the following awards by its non-statutory juries:
- The FIPRESCI Jury Award
- The Ecumenical Jury Award
- Europa Cinemas Label Jury Award
The Audience Award is one of the most important awards that can be won at the festival. Festivalgoers’ votes and their film rankings are one of the most important indicators for film producers and distributors for gaining an understanding of how the film will fare in general release at domestic and international cinemas.
Rules for voting
After every film, audiences can vote on the film they have just seen by tearing off one of the numbers from their ballot (1 – excellent, 2 – good, 3 – average, 4 – poor). Submit your ballots by the exit from the screening venue by giving it to a hostess or tossing it into the ballot box.
- for a film to qualify for the Právo Audience Award, it must have been shot during the current festival season, i.e., this year or the preceding year
- votes may be cast from the first day until the next-to-last day of the festival (usually from Friday to Friday), when voting ends after the final screening of the day (ca. 2 a.m. the following day)
- films screened on the final festival day are reprise showings
- short films are not eligible for the Audience Award
- the results of voting are continuously updated at KVIFF.TV as they come in
- the Audience Award is presented at the festival’s closing ceremony