Awards

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) as a non-specialized, competitive feature film festival. You can find more information about the annual awards in the festival regulations.

KVIFF Crystal Globe Since the 35th anniversary of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the year 2000 the Crystal Globe has been a statuette of a woman raising a crystal sphere.

Awards for films in Crystal Globe Competition

  • Grand Prix – Crystal Globe for the best film (25 000 USD)
  • Special Jury Prize (15 000 USD)
  • Best Director Award
  • Best Actress Award
  • Best Actor Award

Only one of these three awards may be conferred ex-aequo.

  • The jury may also award up to two Special Mentions, the nature of which will be clearly defined
  • The Crystal Globe Jury cannot award more than two prizes to the same film.

Awards for films in the East of the West Competition

  • East of the West Grand Prix is 15 000 USD
  • East of the West Special Jury Prize is 10 000 USD

Other awards

  • Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema

    Each year the Karlovy Vary IFF recognises at least two exceptional figures who have made an indelible mark on the development of world cinema.

  • Festival President’s Award

    The Festival President’s Award is given to actors, directors, and producers who have contributed in a fundamental way to the development of film, not merely in their own countries but around the world.

  • Non-statutory awards

    The following awards of the non-statutory juries are also awarded at the festival each year:

    • The FIPRESCI Jury Award
    • The Ecumenical Jury Award
    • The FEDEORA Jury Award
    • Europa Cinemas Label Jury Award
  • Právo Audience Award

    The Audience Award is one of the most important awards that can be won at the festival. The votes and rankings of festival audiences is one of the most important indicators for film producers and distributors who can then get an idea of how the film will fare on general release in domestic and international cinemas.

    Voting rules

    At the end of each film audiences will have the opportunity to rate it by tearing the rating on their voting ballot (1 – excellent, 2 – good, 3 - average, 4 – poor). The ballot is handed to a hostess or left in the ballot box when leaving the cinema.

    • only the films from current festival season, i.e. films produced in 2019 or 2020, are eligible for the Právo Audience Award
    • voting will take place from July 3 to July 10 when the last evening screening is finished (ca. 2am on July 11)
    • films shown at the festival on July 11 and 12 are re-screenings
    • short films are not included in the Audience Award competition
    • the results will be continuously published in the official festival newspaper, on this website and on the festival circuit TV as they come in
    • the Audience Award will be awarded during the festival closing ceremony on July 11, 2020
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