54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The most important international film festival of Category A in Central and Eastern Europe


Karlovy Vary

Ticket price

Free Entry

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Among filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists, KVIFF is considered the most important event in all of Central and Eastern Europe.

Every year, the festival presents 200 films from all around the world, and regularly hosts famous and important filmmakers. The Karlovy Vary festival is intended for both film professionals and the general public, and offers visitors a carefully designed programme, excellent facilities and a broad range of other services.


Film programme and special events you can find on the website KVIFF.

Festival guide


Tent village

  • the tent village is located in the Rolava recreational area
  • no need for reservations or registration, parking reservation is not possible
  • accommodation is available from 3pm on Thursday, June 27, 2019 until 3pm on Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • valid price list at http://kvcity.cz/stanove-mestecko
  • bring your own tent
  • person under 18 will be accommodated only with accompaying person
  • for more information call (until May 31, 2019) +420 777 727 871 (from June 1, 2019) +420 777 367 242 or write to stanovemestecko@kvcity.cz
  • services: the grounds are monitored by security camera and include a 24-hour reception, showers, refreshments, chargers for mobile devices, luggage room, storage lockers, free parking, bike hires, bus transport to the festival centre free of charge, festival tickets cash desk
  • current information may be found at http://kvcity.cz/stanove-mestecko
  • a sports park is also available (in-line track, tennis courts, football tennis court and beach volleyball court)
  • guests are identified by a wristband or hologram stamp stuck to the visitor’s personal photo ID card
  • a ban on entry to the grounds with dogs or other animals

Other accommodation online at www.kviff.com.


By train or bus

By car

A number of hotels, including the Thermal Hotel, are located in the pedestrian zone. Please be sure to check the parking conditions available for your accommodation. You may also use the paid public car park.

Car parks near the Thermal Hotel:

Car parks near the Grandhotel Pupp:

By air

  • most flights to the Czech Republic arrive at Václav Havel Airport in Prague. Buses to Karlovy Vary are available directly from Václav Havel Airport: http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz
  • you can reach Prague city centre from Václav Havel Airport via public transit. Trains and buses run from the city centre to Karlovy Vary
  • you can also use the Karlovy Vary airport (regular arrivals from Russia and Turkey): www.airport-k-vary.cz/enhttp://www.airport-k-vary.cz/en


There are no scheduled dates.

Festival Passes, tickets, cash desks, reservations

Festival Passes and tickets are available only in Karlovy Vary.

Festival Passes

To get the most out of what the festival offers, purchase a Festival Pass that includes:

  • up to 3 free tickets to 3 different festival presentations daily
  • possibility of SMS reservations of festival tickets
  • admission to press conferences at the Thermal Hotel – provided the venue is not entirely full - accredited journalists have priority
  • admission to KVIFF Talks
  • admission to cinema films without tickets – the organizer or cinema coordinator decides about the available seats. Available seats will be offered to a set number of visitors with valid Festival Passes 5 minutes before the start of the presentation
  • admission to additional venues – more information to be provided in June
  • additional tickets can be purchased once your ticket limit has been reached
 Festival PassDiscount Festival Pass*
1 day 250 CZK 200 CZK
3 days 600 CZK 450 CZK
5 days 850 CZK 600 CZK
Whole festival ** 1200 CZK 900 CZK

* All discounts are provided solely on presentation of a valid ID. Discounts are available for students (Index, original copy of confirmation of studies, ISIC cards, etc.), senior citizens (65 years of age or over) and ZTP card holders

** A free catalogue and festival brochure can be collected at Main ticket desk


Standard price: 80 CZK
Discount price: 60 CZK *

  • tickets can only be purchased for events on the same day or the following day (for example tickets for films on July 4 and 5 can be purchased on July 3 and 4)
  • purchased or collected tickets can be returned to the main ticket desks in the Thermal Hotel in the event of an event being changed or cancelled
  • the organisers reserve the right to reclaim seats that have not been occupied by ticket holders at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the event

* All discounts are provided solely on presentation of a valid ID. Discounts are available for students (Index, original copy of confirmation of studies, ISIC cards, etc.), senior citizens (65 years of age or over) and ZTP card holders

Ticket desks
There are 19 ticket desks available to visitors in and around the Thermal Hotel (six main ticket desks in the hotel itself, eight counters at the hotel F-Bar, and five outdoor counters on the hotel steps), as well as the Vodafone ticket desk and Last Minute counter. Another two counters are located in the Grandhotel Pupp and one in the tent village.

More information about opening hours of ticket desks at www.kviff.com/en/guide/passes-tickets-reservations


More information about reservations at www.kviff.com/en/guide/passes-tickets-reservations

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