Febiofest is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the second most prestigious festival in the country (after Karlovy Vary). The festival presents a wide spectrum of contemporary and retrospective examples of high-quality film including alternative, film-school and amateur works to a diverse viewing public.
The festival was founded in December 1993 in Prague by movie and television company Febiofest. The main personalities of the foundation were Fero Fenič and Pavel Melounek. Originally taking place in one city (Prague) in two small theaters, the event gradually grew (in just ten years) into more than 140,000 viewers in two countries, 12 cities and nearly 43 theaters. In 2005 the festival presented 336 films from 65 countries.
The annual award is the Kristián (Czech critic's prizes). It focus attention not only on Czech feature films, but on animated and documentary works. The prize was made by famous sculptor Olbram Zoubek.
Kristián Award for Contribution to the World Cinema was formerly given to personalities such as Roman Polanski, Claudia Carinale, Carlos Saura, Nikita Michalkov, Tsai Ming-liang, Daniel Olbrychski, Otar Ioseliani, Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh.
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