Karel Och (b. 1974 in Czech Republic) studied law and graduated in film theory and history at Prague’s Charles University. Since 2001, he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as programmer and a member of the selection committe. He has programmed KVIFF’s documentary competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger and Samuel Fuller, among others. In 2010, Och was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF.