The Karlovy Vary IFF is one of the oldest film festivals of all time (the first year took place in 1946). It is the most important international film festival of Category A in Central and Eastern Europe and the only festival of Category A in the Czech Republic. Category A festival are for example in Cannes, Berlin, Venice or Tokio.
The Karlovy Vary IFF presents over 220 feature films from all over the world every year. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, most of the films are screened in the Czech Republic each year for the first time, many of them in their world, international or European premiere as well.