LUCERNE, Switzerland – 25 April 2023 – Allwyn AG (“Allwyn”), a leading multi-national lottery operator, today announces a three-year partnership with the Future Frames program, part of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (“Karlovy Vary IFF”), that will afford an emerging European director the chance to work with the best in Hollywood.
Allwyn, in collaboration with Future Frames, announces it will sponsor a new month-long scholarship to Los Angeles for one director each year to learn from the best in the film industry, with a dedicated program of mentoring, shadowing and training.
Since 2015, the Future Frames program has enabled European directors to launch their careers in the film industry. Each year, ten promising directors are invited to the Karlovy Vary IFF to showcase their films, receive tailored mentorship and training, and build relationships with people established in the industry. Now, Allwyn’s partnership expands the opportunity globally.
Also as part of the partnership, Allwyn is introducing an awards ceremony during the festival that will celebrate the work of all ten selected directors.
Established in 1946, the Karlovy Vary IFF is one of the oldest European film festivals. It takes place this year from 30th June to 8th July 2023.
Pavel Turek, Allwyn’s Chief Officer of Global Brand, Corporate Communication, and CSR, commented:
“Through this partnership, Allwyn is continuing to grow its community of winners around the globe. We’re passionate about changing lives for the better and this extends beyond those who buy a lottery ticket. It means supporting those who strive to achieve greatness in society, including in the arts. Initiatives like Future Frames ensure that opportunity is spread across generations, and, as we build the lotteries of the future, we are equally committed to ensure future generations also benefit from the good we provide to society.”
Kryštof Mucha, Executive Director of the Karlovy Vary IFF said:
“Thanks to our new partner, Allwyn, and our close collaboration with talent agency UTA and management company Range Media Partners, we can provide promising European directors with a vital opportunity to kick-start their careers and further their creative development, as well as the chance to gain experience from renowned figures in the world of film. The Karlovy Vary Film Festival continues its long-term strategy of discovering and supporting the filmmakers of the future.”
Allwyn is a leading multi-national lottery operator. Allwyn builds better lotteries that return more to good causes by focusing on innovation, technology, efficiency and safety across a growing casual gaming entertainment portfolio. The lottery-first approach of focusing on affordable recreational play has earned Allwyn leading market positions with trusted brands across Europe in Austria, Czech Republic, Greece and Cyprus, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States (Illinois).
About Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Established in 1946, The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival one of the oldest international film festivals in Europe, taking place in the Czech Republic. It is one of the oldest “A-list” film festivals (i.e., non-specialized festivals with a competition for feature-length fiction films), a category it shares with the festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Shanghai, and Tokyo. It attracts leading figures in the film industry including filmmakers, buyers, distributors, sales agents, and journalists.
Every year, the festival presents some 200 films from around the world, and regularly hosts famous and important filmmakers. The Karlovy Vary festival is intended for both film professionals and the general public, and offers visitors a carefully designed programme, excellent facilities and a broad range of other services.
About Future Frames
Since it started in 2015, Future Frames presents ten outstanding emerging directors from Europe each year at the Karlovy Vary IFF. Recommended by the European Film Promotion member organisations and selected by a team at Karlovy Vary IFF, the ten outstanding film students and graduates from schools throughout Europe take part in a tailor made programme - containing training, networking and promotion to kick-start their international film careers. The young professionals also take part in an exclusive masterclass with an internationally renowned filmmaker and have industry meetings with festival programmers, world sales agents, producers, film funders and other important industry members.