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Karlovy Vary Fest official told A rating is restored

PRAGUE – It’s not official yet, but word is that FIAPF has put Karlovy Vary Film Festival back on the A list. The 50-year-old Czech fest hit bottom two years ago, when both the coveted “A” category status and public funding were pulled out from under it.

Pavel Melounek, head of public relations for the fest, told Daily Variety that he received the news on Dec. 4 from Jan Knoflicek, head of the Czech Union of Producers. “Mr. Knoflicek was in Paris for a meeting in November, and said we have the A category,” Melounek said, “but we haven’t received any official word yet.”

The two-year-old Prague Film Festival (aka the Golden Golem Film Festival) has held the A status, with the support of the producers union. This year the Prague fest withdrew its request for the status, and the producers union once again recommended Karlovy Vary to FIAPF. The Karlovy Vary management expect to have official confirmation in two weeks.

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