Programme sections

The complete programme of the 55th Karlovy Vary IFF will be published during June, 2020.

Festival programme

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Each year, the Karlovy Vary IFF presents about 200 films from around the world.

In addition to the regular programme sections showcasing the work of the world's leading filmmakers and promising new creative talents, festival visitors can also look forward to watching films included in retrospectives and specialised sections.

With the exception of retrospectives, all films will be shown in the Czech Republic for the first time, and number of them will present their World, International or European premiere in Karlovy Vary.

Competitive sections

A non-specialized international competition of feature-length fiction and documentary films presented as World or International premieres.

East of the West - Competition
An international competition of first and second feature-length fiction and documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Greece, the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Middle East presented as World, International or European premieres.

Non-competitive sections

Special Screenings
An exclusive selection of international and Czech films presented in premieres and avant-premieres.

A selection of the most remarkable contemporary films.

Films with an unconventional approach to narration and style, distinctive and radical visions of film language.

Future Frames: Generation NEXT of European Cinema
Ten directors, an upcoming generation of young European filmmakers, present their student films. The project is organized in cooperation with European Film Promotion.

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.

People Next Door
Thematic section created together by 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.

Out of the Past
Classic, cult, rare and unfairly overlooked films, screened in their original or restored versions.

Tributes, special focuses and retrospectives


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