Karlovy Vary 2016 posters

Creative Europe at Karlovy Vary 2016

The 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) sees a number of industry events and initiatives from Creative Europe-supported organisations, as well as a programme featuring 29 Creative Europe-funded films. 

Europa Distribution conference

Creative Europe-funded network Europa Distribution held its 10th annual conference at KVIFF on 3 July, making it the second time to be at the festival, bringing together around 40 distributors for panels, workshops and round table discussions on the current issues facing European distribution. This year’s event focused on film education and audience development and included a panel organised in association the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the LUX Film Prize and Creative Europe Desk Munich.

Follow the conversation on Twitter.

Future Frames

For the second edition of Future Frames, a Creative Europe-supported platform designed to highlight new European cinema and promising young directors, KVIFF has chosen ten young directors to present their latest work at the festival. The selected directors and their works, which were based on recommendations by European Film Promotion members, are:

  • Maria Luz Olivares Capelle – Wald Der Echos (Forest of Echoes)
  • Karen Vázquez Guadarrama – Flor de Mil Colores (Flower Of A Thousand Colours)
  • Tonći Gaćina – Turizam! (Tourism!)
  • Davit Pirtskhalava – Mama (Father)
  • Clemens Pichler – Diorama
  • Rebecca Figenschau – Elefanthud (Elephant Skin)
  • Klara Kochańska – Lokatorki (Tenants)
  • Roxana Stroe - Noapte in Tokoriki (A Night In Tokoriki)
  • Ahmed Abdullahi – Francis
  • Julia Furer - Julian

MEDIA-funded films

29 films screening at KVIFF have support from Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme. In the Official Selection – Competition, the MEDIA-funded titles are:

  • By the Rails (Dincolo de calea ferata) by Cătălin Mitulescu
  • The Next Skin (La propera pell) by Isa Campo and Isaki Lacuesta
  • Nightlife (Nočno življenje) by Damjan Kozole
  • The Confessions (Le confessioni) by Roberto Andò

Read the full list here.

LUX Film Prize

On Sunday 3 July, as part of the KVIFF industry events programme, the European Parliament unveiled the 10 films nominated for the 2016 LUX Film Prize, six of which are MEDIA-funded. The ten films are:

  • A peine j’ouvre les yeux (As I open my eyes) (France, Tunisia, Belgium, United Arab Emirates)
  • A Syrian Love Story (UK)
  • Cartas da guerra (Letters from war) (Portugal)
  • Krigen (A War) (Denmark)*
  • L’avenir (Things to come) (France, Germany)*
  • La pazza gioia (Like crazy) (Italy, France)*
  • Ma vie de courgette (My life as a courgette) by Claude Barras – Switzerland, France*
  • Sieranevada (Romania, France)*
  • Suntan (Greece, Germany)
  • Toni Erdmann (Germany, Austria, Romania)*

A short-list of three titles, which go on to be subtitled into 24 official EU languages and travel across all 28 countries in the European Union for the LUX Film Days, is announced at the end of July and the prize ceremony takes place in November.

In addition to revealing the films for 2016, the 2015 audience choice award was announced, with Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven taking home the prize.

The films marked * are MEDIA-funded.