News Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ – a special four-day film event to be held in November

Published: July 01, 2020| 11:43 AM

Although the regularly scheduled 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival won’t take place until 2021, fans of the largest film event in the Czech Republic can look forward to both the summer and the coming fall.

Today marks the launch of the unique festival KVIFF at Your Cinema, featuring 16 films selected by the Karlovy Vary IFF programming team that will screen at 96 Czech movie theaters from July 3-11, 2020. Each of the chosen films will receive precisely one exclusive presentation that will simultaneously take place at all participating cinemas. Conceived in the spirit of the festival, the screenings will have streamed introductions, live broadcast Q&As, and in-person delegations of the KVIFF team at over 40 locations.

The program for KVIFF at Your Cinema, as well as the list of movie theaters and other organizational details, has already been posted on

But there’s more: from November 18-21, 2020, the City of Karlovy Vary will host Karlovy Vary IFF 54½.

 “KVIFF at Your Cinema was our immediate response to the situation, one that allowed us to offer our viewers interesting movies that we’d chosen for the festival. But we still feel that the key to the Karlovy Vary fest is its atmosphere, where encounters readily happen and where together we can enjoy a shared movie experience: feelings of joy, fear, and being deeply touched. We believe that the time is soon coming when we can be together again,” says KVIFF president Jiří Bartoška.

Although this special festival is set for a nontraditional autumn date, it will feature the usual event’s atmosphere that guests and visitors have grown to love. KVIFF aims to provide the essential elements that moviegoers enjoy about the festival and that keep them coming back to Karlovy Vary again and again. The four-day noncompetitive fest will present 30 movies, each to be screened twice. The organizers are also planning several traditional events from the accompanying program.

In cooperation with the City of Karlovy Vary and local hoteliers, the festival will be putting together special accommodation packages for our guests.

You’ll find updates about Karlovy Vary IFF 54½ on our website


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