The Karlovy Vary Film Festival (KVIFF) has appointed longtime KVIFF programmer Karel Och as the new Artistic Director of the event. Current head of programming Eva Zaoralova will meanwhile remain closely involved with KVIFF by becoming the festival's Artistic Consultant.
"I have been taking Karel Och for my successor for a long time," said Zaoralova in a statement. "I respect him very much as a cinema connoisseur and aficionado, as well as a human being. I look forward to continue working for the festival with which I have been connected for so many years."
Och has been with KVIFF since 2001 as a programmer, and for the past year he has served as the festival's program director.
"I couldn't have had a better mentor in festival programming than with Mrs. Zaoralova," said Och in a statement. "Our discussions on cinema have always been thought-provoking and illuminating. And I’m thrilled that this close collaboration will go on with her continued involvement with KVIFF. I will keep on building on what makes KVIFF a truly distinctive event – a combination of modern and classic, the co-existence of new ways of storytelling with a fresh look on film history's crucial moments."