EXCLUSIVE: The organizers of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Central and Eastern Europe’s premier cinematic event, have told us they have no plans to change their usual July dates despite the new straddle with Cannes.
The Cannes Film Festival this week moved its traditional dates from May to July 6-17. The popular Czech festival Karlovy Vary is scheduled to take place from July 2-10.
Executive Director Kryštof Mucha and Artistic Director Karel Osh told us: “At the moment we are not planning to change the dates of the 55th Karlovy Vary IFF. We are closely following the development of the coronavirus situation both in the Czech Republic and abroad, and if we discuss at some point the postponement of the festival until the end of the summer break, the exclusive reason will be a plus great flexibility in terms of cinema occupancy. , that is to say to offer our public, the most important asset of KVIFF, an atmosphere and comfort as close as possible to the festival they know.
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This week, the Czech government announced that it would introduce tougher anti-Covid measures. Cases remain high in the country with more than 8,000 new cases registered yesterday.
Karlovy Vary typically hosts up to 200 films and over 1,000 guests from industry and media. The event, which takes place in a picturesque Czech spa town, transfers over 100,000 tickets a year and has hosted stars such as Robert Redford, Robert de Niro, Michael Douglas, Judi Dench, Susan Sarandon, William Friedkin, Miloš Forman, Stephen Frears and Oliver Calcul.
While it’s virtually unheard of to have two big film festivals at the same time, amid so much uncertainty, having multiple options on the table – for those who can’t or don’t want to travel abroad, for example. example – might turn out to be a good thing. thing. And in July, no one will complain if Europe is lucky enough to be able to host two big cinematic events anyway.