Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022 prepares to welcome original talent

– The gathering is launching a new initiative called KVIFF Talents and will host the ongoing program of the 13th Odessa Film Festival, which could not take place due to the war

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The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), the largest Czech film gathering, returns to its usual summer slot, interrupted due to the pandemic. The 56 to comeand edition, which will take place from July 1 to 9, will also see an extension of its industrial activities with the launch of KVIFF Talents. “The promotion of new talents has always been at the heart of the festival’s activities,” says the executive director of KVIFF. Krystof Mucha. “With KVIFF Talents, we take these activities to a new level. The programming will be another important piece of the puzzle promoting more originality, creative audacity and international ambition of the filmmakers of our region. The new initiative will offer a year-round program that will support the creation of creative and original audiovisual projects with international ambitions. A selection of filmmakers will receive development funding, expert mentorship and the opportunity to pitch their projects to potential producers, partners and investors at KVIFF. The inaugural edition of KVIFF Talents is open to applicants from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, while future editions will be eligible for talents from other Central and Eastern European territories.

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In addition to the new talent platform, KVIFF will host the Work-in-Progress program from 13and edition of the Odessa Film Festival (OIFF WIP Selection), expressing its full support for Ukrainian filmmakers. “Broad solidarity with war-stricken Ukraine must also include support for the cultural life of the country, which at the moment is almost at a standstill. As a film festival, we have tried to find ways to support Ukrainian cinema, and we are happy that we managed to work with the Odessa Film Festival to find a form of meaningful cooperation,” said Hugo Rosak, head of the KVIFF Industry department. “The war has a direct impact on the film industry, so we will organize the industry screenings of the Odessa International Film Festival within the framework of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. We are honored to have this opportunity to showcase Ukrainian cinema, talent and culture to the world,” said Anna Machuh, the director general of the OIFF. Acceptance of applications for the OIFF WIP selection will be announced in the coming weeks.

This 56and continues the festival’s tradition of premiering digital restorations of classic domestic works. The festival will present the latest version of the film The jokedirected by Czechoslovak New Wave director Jaromil Jires and based on the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera. The film, which premiered in 1969, received the Silver Mermaid at a screening of Czech and Slovak films in Sorrento, Italy, and won an award at the 17and edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival. With the onset of normalization, this film about how an innocent student prank can ruin a life in an atmosphere of absolute intolerance and espionage, was locked up and screened at more international film festivals than ‘after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The festival will also celebrate a national personality: actor, playwright, screenwriter and director Boleslav Polivka, who will receive the KVIFF President’s Award. While enjoying a rich career in theater and on the big screen, Polívka is also known for his collaboration with the first lady of Czech cinema, Vera Chytilovamost notoriously on the 1992s Legacy or Fuckoffguysgoodday which he co-wrote with the director. The festival will feature forgotten light (1996), for which Polívka received the Best Actor Award at KVIFF.

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