Films for individual festival sections are selected from the production, which was presented in the period from one season of Finále Plzeň to the next.
The competition films are evaluated by an independent International Expert Jury and a Student Jury of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
During the six days of Festival, you can see about 140 screenings.
Golden Kingfisher - Feature Live Action or Animated Films Competition
A competition of the most significant Czech and co-production films of the past festival year, which are selected by a professional selection committee. The winner is chosen by an independent international jury. The creators of the winning film receive a financial reward of CZK 25,000 and an award from the Kolektiv Ateliers glass workshop in Nový Bor.
Golden Kingfisher – Documentary Films Competition
Prestigious selection of Czech and co-production documentaries. This section is not only a competition for the best documentary, but above all a diverse display of discovering new themes and cinematic expressions. The authors of the winning film receive a financial reward of CZK 25,000 and an award from the Kolektiv Ateliers glass workshop.
Golden Kingfisher – Feature and Mini-serial TV and Internet Production Competition
This section has two categories – Serial Production and Film and Miniseries. It presents strong and original television and internet projects that deserve also to be shown off the TV screen. The winners are selected by an international jury composed of television and audio-visual professionals.
Golden Kingfisher – Student Short Film Competition
A selection of the most interesting student films that viewers do not normally have the opportunity to see in classic distribution. We want to give them a special attention at the Festival, because it is the student films that most represent the new Czech film production abroad.
Manipulation by Power
Section monitoring the influence of political environment on filmmaking in individual decades of the Czech history. Every year is dedicated to a different decade. In 2021, we began with the 1950s. This section is created in cooperation with the non-profit organization Post Bellum.