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 FestivalEach 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.