Karlovy Vary introduces KVIFF Talents
- Eleven projects in various audiovisual formats will be showcased at the inaugural edition of the new initiative
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (1-9 July) is launching KVIFF Talents, a brand-new, year-round programme whose goal is to identify talented filmmakers and support the creation of audiovisual projects with international aspirations and a high level of originality across various genres, also including formats from feature and short films to web series, podcasts, music videos and gaming concepts. The first edition of KVIFF Talents includes 11 creative teams who will present their projects during a dedicated showcase on 4 July at 12:30 pm in KVIFF.TV Park.
Kryštof Mucha, the festival's executive director, underlines: “We've always considered the festival to be a certain bridge between the creative potential of Central and Eastern European filmmakers, and the international stage, where they can shine. The KVIFF Talents programme represents a new, bolder and more progressive step in that direction, as it broadens its spotlight to include audiovisual works of formats and genres beyond fiction or documentary films. It offers an alternative way to secure financing and, thanks to the ‘KVIFF Talent’ label, better market visibility to a wider pool of talented creators.”
KVIFF Talents is divided into two parallel sections: the Creative Pool, which focuses on audiovisual works of any format or genre, and the Feature Pool, which aims to support a selection of original feature films that have the potential to be made quickly and with a budget of under 5 million CZK (€200,000). More than 230 submissions from the Czech Republic and Slovakia were received in the spring, with eight projects going to the Creative Pool, ranging from mockumentaries and experimental fairy tales to VR games and animated series, while three feature-film projects have been selected for the Feature Pool. Besides the showcase and pitching opportunities, the selected creative teams in both pools receive financial support for development – 120,000 CZK (€4,850) for the Feature Pool projects and 50,000 CZK (€2,020) for selected Creative Pool projects.
Hugo Rosák, head of the KVIFF Film Industry Office, explains: “We were thrilled to see the interest that our programme generated, and the high level of quality and originality, which was exactly what the programme was aiming for. The entries were so compelling that we ended up selecting more projects than originally planned.”
All participants will receive mentoring and consultations with international film professionals, tailored to their needs, during the development, production and distribution stages in order to help them bring their projects to life. The most promising projects among the feature films may become part of the KVIFF ecosystem, from the festival itself to KVIFF Distribution and KVIFF.TV.
Here is the list of projects selected for Feature Pool:
The Hour Between Dog and Wolf - Terézia Halamová
Luigi - Eliška Kováříková, Kateřina Kováříková, Adam Struhala
Skinny Bitch - Michael Hogenauer (producer: XOVA Film)
Here is the list of projects selected for Creative Pool:
Don't Light My Fire - David Payne, Tomáš Navrátil (short mockumentary)
Give It Take It - Michael Přibil, Matouš Valchář, Karel Větrovský (animated web series)
I Will Drive You Yesterday - Kateřina Hanáčková (VR narrative game)
K-point - Šimon Šafránek (music video, short and feature film)
Orla - Marie Lukáčová (experimental fairy tale)
Pig Slaughter - Adam Martinec, Matěj Paclík (feature film)
Sunny Boys - Jan Kubíček, Alice Krajčírová (feature film)
You Can Tell Us - David Semler (feature film)
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