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.

KVIFF Crystal Globe Since the 35th anniversary of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the year 2000, the Crystal Globe has been a statuette of a woman raising a crystal sphere.

Awards for films in the Crystal Globe Competition

  • Grand Prix – Crystal Globe for the best film (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 East of the West Competition

  • East of the West Grand Prix is 15,000 USD
  • East of the West Special Jury Prize is 10,000 USD

Other awards

  • Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema

    Each year, the Karlovy Vary IFF recognises at least two exceptional figures who have made an indelible mark on the development of world cinema.

  • Festival President’s Award

    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.

  • Non-statutory awards

    Each year, the festival also presents the following awards by its non-statutory juries:

    • The FIPRESCI Jury Award
    • The Ecumenical Jury Award
    • The FEDEORA Jury Award
    • Europa Cinemas Label Jury Award
  • Právo Audience 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.

    Voting rules

    After each screening, audience members can rate the film by tearing the relevant rating on their voting ballot (1 – excellent, 2 – good, 3 - average, 4 – poor). The ballot is handed to a hostess or left in the ballot box when leaving the cinema.

    • only films from the current festival season ( i.e. films produced in 2012 or 2021) are eligible for the Právo Audience Award
    • voting will take place from July 2 until the last evening screening on July 9 (ca. 2 a.m. on July 10)
    • the films shown at the festival on July 10 and 11 are re-screenings
    • short films are not included in the Audience Award competition
    • the results will be continuously published in the official festival newspaper, on this website and on the festival’s closed-circuit TV as they come in
    • the Audience Award will be presented at the festival’s closing ceremony on July 10, 2021

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