The 2020 edition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The orgzanization committee decided to re-schedule it for July 2-10, 2021.
A message on the festival's website says that some of the films may be seen in cinema theaters, and also during the Eastern Promises Industry Days forum. This year, it will be held in the online format on July 6-8.
"We are confident that viewing films in large cinema theaters along with other viewers is a non-replacable experience. And since the Karlovy Vary festival is one of the most important cultural events in the Czech Republic, we decided that holding the alternative version would contradict the main mission of the festival: uniting the audience and cinema workers so as to enjoy the cinema masterpieces together", said Jiří Bartoška, the KVIFF President.
Previously, organizers of film festivals in Cannes and Venice decided to refuse from the online show mode.
Last year, Ukrainian film My Thoughts Are Silent directed by Antonio Lukich became the KVIFF prize winner.