After this years 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival originally scheduled for July 3 –11, 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic, the festival will now instead hold Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ from November 18 – 21, 2020. With this non-competition showcase of films, the festival will Czech premiere an exclusive selection of the most distinctive films from Sundance, Berlin, Venice, and Cannes film festivals.
The program of the Karlovy Vary IFF 54 ½ will feature roughly 30 films, each of which will be shown two or three times. The program will be organized in such a way that audiences can see each film either in the first or in the second half of the four-day festival.
Screenings will be open to the general public and held at the Grand and Small Halls of the Thermal Hotel, at the Karlovy Vary Theatre, and the Čas Cinema.
Besides all national or regional governmental regulations valid during the festival, the festival is also planning a number of additional safety measures of its own.
The number of seats in the screening halls will be set in line with the capacity permitted by government regulations. A specialized company will ensure several types of preventative disinfection.