Why We Support the Festival

Ladies and gentlemen,

innogy reliably provides Czech culture with energy – the Prague Spring International Music Festival for twenty-seven years, Czech film for sixteen years, and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for exactly a quarter of a century. Last year, cultural life had to contend with the coronavirus epidemic and many restrictions. Although the film festival could not be held in its usual format and extent, we nevertheless collaborated successfully with Jiří Bartoška’s team to bring you the KVIFF at Your Cinema showcase.

I believe that changing the date of the festival’s 55th edition was the right decision, thanks to which we will be able to meet in Vary in August in order to watch films and discuss them afterwards. The main goal of the “innogy – The Energy of Czech Film” project is to co-produce outstanding Czech films. I hope you find a favorite among our films being shown at the festival in Karlovy Vary.

Another of our goals here at innogy is for films to be shot on the basis of quality screenplays. That is why we have the FILM FOUNDATION, which awards the authors of literary works, regardless of whether they are experienced and renowned writers or just beginning their careers. The best screenwriters of this year’s competition will be awarded in Karlovy Vary.

innogy has also spent the past few years providing energy for the No Barriers project. During the festival in Karlovy Vary, the project’s staff offer wheelchair-bound festivalgoers and their escorts information about barrier-free accommodation and food service establishments. The project also allows disabled individuals to reserve tickets for screenings at barrier-free venues and provides a specially adapted microbus for transport within Karlovy Vary and its surroundings. No Barriers has already satisfied a number of regular visitors but is also enjoying increased interest from other film fans. And that gives us great joy.

We are also planning an accompanying program for all festival guests and visitors for when they are not at the movies. More detailed information about the innogy accompanying program will be available on our website and our social network profiles. Just follow #kviffmoments.

I look forward to seeing you in good health in August in Karlovy Vary. See you there!

Tomáš Varcop
Chairman, Board of Directors

innogy Česká republika

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