Festival organizers announced Thursday morning that the upcoming edition of the Czech Republic-based event, which typically starts at the beginning of July, will instead begin August 20. The event will run through August 28.
“Our decision to take this step was made after consulting with experts and upon a careful consideration of the current situation. We hope that the coming months will see a significant increase in vaccinations, thanks to which the pandemic will be brought under control, thus allowing us to hold the Karlovy Vary festival in a form that will be maximally safe for guests and visitors. Naturally, we are ready to observe all applicable regulations,” Kryštof Mucha, executive director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, said in a statement.
The news marks the second time that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has impacted the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,