Czech Fests Fight For A list

The Czech Republic will have one Category A international film festival this year, but it’s still not clear whether the coveted status will go to longtime film gathering Karlovy Vary or a new Prague fest.

Sources at the Paris-based Federation des Associations de Producteurs des Films (FIAPF), the body that sanctions major fests, confirmed to Variety that they have still not been told by Czech officials which fest will get Category A status. FIAPF only grants one Category A – for nonspecialist and competitive fests – per country.

Karlovy Vary has hosted a bi-annual Category A festival since 1948 but was expected to lose out to a proposed Prague festival skedded to take place June 7-17, one day apart from Karlovy Vary.

The FIAPF official confirmed that neither fest has been given a Category A grading. “We are waiting for the Czech producers to decide which festival they want to support. It’s not up to us to make that decision. We will follow the local feeling,” said the source.

Last month FIAPF insiders said they believed Prague had gotten the nod from the Czech film industry. The new fest, backed by Karlovy Vary’s executive director Antonin Moskalyk and general manager Stanislav Safr, was expected to get the Category A billing.

“The last thing we heard was that the Czechs were thinking about holding one more festival at Karlovy Vary before launching Prague in 1996. We wouldn’t mind knowing what they intend to do,” said the FIAPF source.

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