FESTIVALS: Karlovy Vary IFF 2021 Announces Official Selection


    KARLOVY VARY: New films by Stefan Arsenijević, Olmo Omerzu and Miro Remo are among the 12 titles selected for the Crystal Globe Competition of the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, taking place 20-28 August 2021.

    There are 32 premieres in the Official Selection, which comprises the Crystal Globe Competition, the East of the West Competition and the Special Screenings section. For the first time, documentaries will be incorporated in the two competition programmes.

    The festival will celebrate the work of The Film Foundation, established by Martin Scorsese in 1990, via an extensive tribute.

    The sidebar programmes will be announced two weeks prior to the festival.

    Also on 29 June 2021, KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days unveiled the 29 selected film projects, which will be showcased in Works in Progress, Works in Development - Feature Launch, and First Cut+ Works. The event will take place entirely online 28 July-12 August 2021.

    Projects from Hungary, Poland, Romania and Georgia were selected for Works in Progress, while Works in Development - Feature Launch (a collaboration between KVIFF, the MIDPOINT Institute, When East Meets West coproduction market, and the Trieste Film Festival) selected nine majority or minority coproductions involving Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Croatia and Estonia.

    First Cut+ will showcase eight projects, including projects from Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Poland, Serbia and Croatia.

    The 55th Karlovy Vary IFF is organised by Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, a.s. and its main supporter is the Ministry of Culture Czech Republic.

    Click HERE for the press release.


    Bird Atlas / Atlas ptáků (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovak Republic)
    Directed by Olmo Omerzu
    Produced by endorfilm
    Coproduced by Punkchart Film, Cvinger Film, the Czech Television
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund, the Slovenian Film Centre, RTV Slovenia (RTVS), the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

    Boiling Point / Boiling Point (UK)
    Directed by Philip Barantini

    The Exam / Ezmûn (Germany, Iraq, Qatar)
    Directed by Shawkat Amin Korki

    Wars / Guerres (Canada)
    Directed by Nicolas Roy

    Every Single Minute / Každá minuta života (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic)
    Directed by Erika Hníková
    Produced by endorfilm
    Coproduced by Punkchart Film
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

    At Full Throttle / Láska pod kapotou (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic)
    Directed by Miro Remo
    Produced by D1Film
    Coproduced by Arsy-Versy, the Czech TV
    Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Czech Film Fund

    Directed by Dietrich Brüggemann

    Le Prince (Germany)
    Directed by Lisa Bierwirth

    As Far as I Can Walk / Strahinja Banović (Serbia, France, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Lithuania)
    Directed by Stefan Arsenijević
    Produced by Art & Popcorn
    Coproduced by Surprise Alley, Les Films Fauves, Chouchkov BrothersArtbox
    Supported by Film Center Serbia, the Serbian Film Incentive, CNC’ Aide aux cinémas du monde, Film Fund Luxembourg, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Lithuanian Film Centre, Eurimages, MEDIA-Creative Europe

    The Land of the Sons / La terra dei figli (Italy)
    Directed by Claudio Cupellini

    The Staffroom / Zbornica (Croatia)
    Directed by Sonja Tarokić
    Produced by Kinorama
    Supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

    Saving One Who Was Dead / Zpráva o záchraně mrtvého (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France)
    Directed by Václav Kadrnka
    Produced by Sirius Films
    Coproduced by Silverart , the Czech Television
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund , Eurimages


    Dear Ones / Bliscy (Poland, Czech Republic)
    Directed by Grzegorz Jaroszuk
    Produced by MD4 
    Coproduced by EC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury, Black Door, Dragon Shot, Green Rat Production, Sound Mind and Startrec, Supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech Film Fund

    Runner / Bėgikė (Lithuania, Czech Republic)
    Directed by Andrius Blaževičius
    Produced by M-Films
    Coproduced by Bionaut
    Supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre

    Intensive Life Unit / Jednotka intenzivního života (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Adéla Komrzý
    Produced by nutprodukce
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund

    Roots / Koreni (Serbia)
    Directed by Tea Lukač
    Produced by Nana 143

    Wild Roots / Külön falka (Hungary, Slovak Republic)
    Directed by Hajni Kis
    Produced by Proton Cinema
    Coproduced by MPhilms, Post Office
    Supported by the National Film Institute – Hungary, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund

    Two Ships / Marťanské lodě (Czech Republic, Norway)
    Directed by Jan Foukal
    Produced by Film Kolektiv
    Coproduced by the Czech Television, Storm Films
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund

    Nuuccha (Russia)
    Directed by Vladimir Munkuev

    Otar's Death (Georgia, Germany, Lithuania)
    Directed by Ioseb "Soso" Bliadze
    Produced by MAISIS PERI
    Coproduced by Color Of May, Studio Artizm, M-Films
    Supported by the Georgian National Film Center , the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the Lithuanian Film Centre

    Patchwork (Cyprus, Israel, Slovenia)
    Directed by Petros Charalambous
    Produced by AMP Filmworks
    Coproduced by Boo productions, Transfax Film Productions
    Supported by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture , MEDIA – Creative Europe, the SEE Cinema Network

    After the Winter / Poslije zime (Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia)
    Directed by Ivan Bakrač
    Produced by Artikulacija and ABHO Film
    Coproduced by Biberche Productions, Akcija Film, Maxima film
    Supported by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, MEDIA-Creative Europe

    Sisterhood / Sestri (North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro)
    Directed by Dina Duma
    Produced by List Production
    Coproduced by Added Value Films, ijVidea Production
    Supported by the North Macedonia Film Agency, the Film Centre of Montenegro

    Mirrors in the Dark / Zrcadla ve tmě (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Šimon Holý
    Produced by šššššFilm
    Coproduced by Bridge Films, Silk Films
    Supported by the Czech Film Fund