Karel Och graduated in Film Theory and History at Prague’s Charles University. Since 2001 he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as a member of the selection committee. He has programmed KVIFF’s documentary competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston, Michael Powell & Emerich Pressburger, Jean-Pierre Melville, Sam Fuller, Elio Petri and Otto Preminger, among others. In 2010 Och was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF. He is a member of the European Film Academy as well as the Czech Film and Television Academy, and since 2014 he has been working as the tutor of the Venice Days jury. In 2018, Och has been invited to join the Art Committee of Prague’s FAMU, one of world’s oldest film academies.