Festival Trailers

KVIFF trailers from year 1995 onwards.

All recent editions of the Karlovy Vary IFF have been characterized by a distinctive visual design, including an original trailer, with a new trailer shot each year by leading domestic directors. Over the years, the festival trailer has become a minor work of art in its own right, characterizing each individual year and capturing the festival’s unique atmosphere. Eventually, however, the festival decided to seek out a new trailer format for properly presenting the longstanding brand that is the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

And so, in 2008, the festival came up with a new and unique approach to its festival trailers, consisting of cinematic micro-stories featuring the laureates of the festival’s main awards – the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema and the Festival President’s Award. These trailers are made by the leading internationally-respected advertising directors Ivan Zachariáš and Martin Krejčí, who are currently among the top filmmakers in commercial filmmaking. Their first series of trailers featured actors Danny DeVito and Harvey Keitel and directors Miloš Forman and Věra Chytilová. Over the subsequent years, this trailer collection grew to include shorts starring Andy Garcia, Jude Law, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Jiří Menzel, Otakar Vávra, and Miroslav Ondříček.