The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with competition for fiction feature films). Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe.
Crystal Globe Competition: non-specialized international competition for feature films and documentaries presented as world or international premieres.
East-West Competition: International competition for the first and second feature-length fiction and documentary films in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the countries of the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa presented as world, international or European premieres.
Special screenings: international and Czech films presented as premieres and pre-releases.
Horizons: selection of the most outstanding contemporary films.
Imagine: Films with an unconventional approach to storytelling and style; distinctive and radical views of cinematic language.
Future Frames: NEXT Generation of European Cinema: Ten directors, members of the next generation of young European filmmakers, present their student films.
Midnight Screenings: A Selection of the Latest Horror and Action Movies.
People on the side: A thematic section created by the IFF Karlovy Vary in collaboration with the Sirius Foundation, whose program reflects the ideas underlying the Walking People (Chodící lidé) campaign. The goal of this campaign is to show the general public how to communicate with and interact with people with disabilities.
Out of the past: Classic, cult films, rare and unfairly ignored, screened in original or restored versions.
Tributes, special focuses and retrospectives
Catalan Films & TV organizes a shipment of Catalan productions at the festival.