Good Film Is a Part of Summer in the Czech Republic – the Best Festivals Are Just Around the Corner

Good Film Is a Part of Summer in the Czech Republic – the Best Festivals Are Just Around the Corner

Diverse films, wonderful weather, good food and drink and a laid-back atmosphere go together with summer in the Czech Republic, just like a movie camera and a film do!

What do you like best about film festivals? Do you go for the selection of films, the laid-back atmosphere, the excellent entertainment or all of the above? Whatever the case, both film connoisseurs and those who go to such cultural events for the social life will have something to choose from in the Czech Republic. And what a choice! They can begin at a festival that has been attended by stars such as Richard Gere, John Travolta, Sharon Stone and Scarlett Johansson.

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Each year in early July, the spa town known for its hot springs transforms itself into a film metropolis, with the general public, experts and filmmakers the world over descending upon it. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (30 June – 8 July 2017) is the biggest cultural event in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious film festival in Central and Eastern Europe, on par with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and San Sebastian. Over 200 films are screened over nine days and tens of thousands of people come to view them. Excellent films are not only what people come to Karlovy Vary for!

The festival is well-known even outside the Czech Republic and Europe. Each year, the biggest stars of the silver screen attend. Other than the ones already mentioned, we can add John Malkovich, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Jude Law, Mel Gibson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas and Robert Redford, to name a few. Their names are immortalised on the Karlovy Vary Walk of Fame in front of the luxurious Grand Hotel Pupp, where the stars usually stay. But that can be just one highlight of your visit to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, as a bounty of diverse cultural events also take place there. The organisers of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival are simply great at their job and will prove it to you this year, the festival’s 52nd.

Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště

Are you not a fan of crowds and high-society soirees and would prefer to learn something more about the craft of filmmaking? The Summer Film School in Uherské Hradiště (28 July – 6 August 2017) has been the biggest non-competitive film festival in the Czech Republic for many years. It began, however, as a seminar for film club members. At the turn of the millennium, however, it became the second-biggest film event in the Czech Republic. The festival takes place in beautiful South Moravia, where you can combine your film experience with cycling or enjoying excellent Moravian wines.

Back to Karlovy Vary for Tourfilm

Also highlighting the long tradition of film festivals in the Czech Republic is the oldest international film festival in the world on the theme of travel. Tourfilm (6 October – 7 October, 2017) focuses and documentary and promotional films or advertisements that support domestic and international tourism. It takes place in Karlovy Vary in the latter part of the year. Tourfilm is thus an event that you can set off to at the end of the tourist season, with a little detour to a spa!

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival

Documentary films are works of art and should be given the attention they deserve! If you agree, then at the end of October, after bidding farewell to the summer, head off to Jihlava for the International Documentary Film Festival (24 – 29 October 2017). It is another very important film festival in Central and Eastern Europe. The whole festival is a chance to get to know various topics from different points of view. You will not find the regular festival model in Jihlava, however. Dutch film historian Thomas Elsaesser, who specialises in film festivals, characterises the Jihlava festival as one of the most original festivals he has ever attended, and Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira proclaimed it to be the Mecca of documentary film. And what do we have to say about the festival? Don’t expect anything ordinary!
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival