Works in Progress 2021

At this event, producers and directors from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa will introduce
new films that will premiere after the Karlovy Vary IFF.

You may find this year´s selection here.

New focus

For the very first time this year, we have decided to merge fiction and documentary films as we consider both categories, despite their differences, to possess the same artistic value. Works in Progress 2021 will therefore incorporate documentaries and all the selected projects will be up for the same awards. Thus, Docs in Progress comes to an end as a separate industry presentation.

Submissions for Works in Progress 2021 are now closed.

Producers have up to 15 minutes to present each project, including excerpts from the film. Following a panel discussion, we assist interested visitors of the Works in Progress programme to set up individual meetings with the presenters to get more information about their projects.

Due to the situation related to Covid-19, projects selected for KVIFF Eastern Promises 2021 will be presented online. The showcases will take place on Tuesday, August 10, Wednesday, August 11 and Thursday, August 12, always at 2:00 pm.

One-on-one meetings with the production teams will take place online on the Wyth platform.

To attend the online live stream and one-on-one meetings, request your registration via this form.

A maximum of 12 to 14 films will be presented from the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Moldavia, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

Works in Progress 2021 presents the Post-production Development Award

Following the last years’ editions of Works in Progress, its sponsors continue aiming to promote Czech Republic as a destination for film production and post-production. The most promising project will be awarded the post-production services package that will allow the producers to finish the film.

Picture post-production at UPP:

  • 8 days of colour grading
  • 2 days of online from camera original files
  • Production of all video outputs required for audio production in Soundsquare company
  • Animation of end credits
  • Final master production including laying back sound delivered by Soundsquare company

Audio postproduction at Soundsquare:

  • 12 days of mixing in 5.1 or 7.1 format
  • 1 day of down-mixing for TV use (5.1 or 2.0 in EBU R128 standard)
  • Creation of final mix masters for DCP and TV production
  • Digital delivery of final sound masters to UPP


The in-kind services by UPP and Soundsquare can only be used for the completion of the awarded project within a period of one year. It will not be possible to claim these services for a different project or to expect completion after June 2022. Requests for different types of postproduction services will be considered individually, but cannot be granted. Awarded in-kind services listed above that are not claimed cannot be interchanged or replaced. Our partners have the right to demand a specific quality level of the film material that is needed before services can be offered.
KVIFF and Partners reserve the right to change or alter these conditions in cases of any unforeseen circumstances.

More info about our partners,

TRT Award Works in Progress 2021

One of the projects of Works in Progress 2021 will receive 5 000 eur cash award The award will be designated by the jury regardless of the project's post-production needs.

The award is sponsored by TRT.

Karlovy Vary IFF Award Works in Progress 2021

One of the projects of Works in Progress 2021 will receive 5 000 eur cash award. The award will be designated by the jury regardless of the project's post-production needs.

The award is sponsored by Karlovy Vary IFF.

Do you want to participate in Works in Progress 2021?

Producers and directors interested in having their film included in Works in Progress 2021 must apply by no later than Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Your film must meet the following requirements:

  • the film must be in late stage of production (only in case of documentaries), post-production or just finished and must have a planned premiere after the Karlovy Vary IFF
  • the film must be over 60 minutes in length
  • the film must not yet have an international sales agent
  • the project must not yet have been presented in a similar event (but it might have participated in training programmes or at pitchings etc.)
  • chosen participants will provide three film excerpts: the first 5 minutes of the film and two scenes of own choice of max. 2,5 minutes each with English subtitles that will be included in the presentation
  • excerpts which will be presented in Karlovy Vary must be submitted in the required format via an online storage site by no later than June 10, 2021

To entry your project, please fill the submission form and attach these materials:

  • a link (YouTube or Vimeo) to the first 5 minutes of the film
  • a link (YouTube or Vimeo) to a continuous rough-cut footage of max. 20 minutes

Excerpts provided with English subtitles insert as a link (YouTube or Vimeo) straight into the Submission form. Each excerpt should be a continuous cut, we do not accept trailers.

Please submit your film as soon as possible. The KVIFF selection committee will announce its decision in the beginning of June. If your film is selected, you will receive detailed information about the presentation.


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