Launched in 2009, the Czech-In Film Festival, from the 9th to the 16th of June, will present Paris with the best of recent Czech and Slovak cinema. Amongst 75 feature-length films and documentaries from the Czech Republic, and 43 from Slovakia in 2016, the most remarkable have been selected for the Parisian public, thus making their French premiere. Bohdan Sloma’s Ice Mother will be projected at the opening of the festival, after winning Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature Film at Tribeca 2017. The closing film, The Teacher, will be screened at Cannes Junior and will be presented at Czech-In by the director himself, Jan Hřebejk. In memory of the Czech New Wave’s very own maverick Jan Němec, his last film, The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street, will be screened exclusively, as will the Slovakian success, The Red Captain, by Michal Kollár.

The cinema l’Entrepôt will welcome around fifteen short and full-length feature films, documentaries and animated films to the neighbourhood of Montparnasse, including, Ferda the Ant,  by the first lady of Czech animation, Hermína Týrlová. Furthermore, the two cult titles, Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Miloš Forman will be projected in a homage to the Master for his 85th birthday.

Continuing our traditional collaboration with FAMU, Czech-In Film Festival will unveil the infamous film school’s fresh young talent who, alongside representatives of La Fémis, are invited to a public debate and cocktail evening. Co-organised and hosted by the Czech Center Paris, the two schools will discuss their different approaches to cinematic creation on the evening of the 8th June.

The prize for Best Film at the festival will be decided by its spectators. “Czech-In Film Festival is growing with each edition and we hope this will be the case once again this year.  After the festival, we are hoping to transfer as many of our films past and present onto the VoD platform Universciné. In doing so, we will make many films that are not yet distributed in France, legally available to those who did not have the chance to see them at at the festival in Paris”, explains the Festival’s director, Markéta Hodoušková.

Czech-In Film Festival, whose objective is the promotion of Czech and Slovak cinema in France, benefits from the financial support of the National Fund of Czech Cinematography, of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and for the fourth time, the patronage of his excellency, the Ambassador for the Czech Republic in France.

The fourth edition of the Czech-In Film Festival can be supported with financial contributions through our crowdfunding campaign at: https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/4eme-edition- de-czech- in-festival-du-cinema- tcheque-et- slovaque-en- france

The programme and details of the festival can be found at: www.czech-in-film-festival.fr  

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DIAGNOSIS, a documentary feature film debut of the director Ewa Podgórska and producer Małgorzata Wabińska (Entertain Pictures), will be presented in the work-in-progress section in Cannes. It will be the only documentary project from the selection of New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes.

DIAGNOSIS is a journey into the subconscious of the city. The inhabitants’ couch confessions, life scenes in the form of reminiscences, shards of memory and emotions, combined with the cinematic images of the city create the analytical process. Everything creates one living organism, which has its light and dark sides. An organism, whose every element – a man, building, road, or tree – has an individual role to play, yet at the same time remains connected and one with the whole.

In 2016 DIAGNOSIS was presented as one of 12 most remarkable doc projects in production from Central and Eastern Europe as part of Docu Talents from the East in Karlovy Vary. At present the project is at the editing stage.

Film is co-financing by the Polish Film Institute, co-producing with EC1 Łódź - City of Culture and Fixa Film. Partners of the projects: Polish Institute in Paris, Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Municipal Centre of Culture in Bydgoszcz.

The closed screening at New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes will be held on May 23 at 10 AM-12 noon at Palais K- level 4 in the Festival Palace during the 70th Cannes International Film Festival.

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The competition of the 16th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (June 2-11) features directors on their first or second film and this year maps a veritable conflict zone: stories on the edge of a knife inspired by real events or personal experiences, challenging situations and daring approaches, moral fables that are either extreme or nuanced beyond clarity, all taken on by emerging directors taking the kinds of risks that will surely bring them recognition. Of the 12 titles competing for the Transilvania Trophy, 8 are feature debuts.

“Like every year, I go for singular, young, and courageous voices who do not play it safe and bet the whole farm on one card. In this year’s selection, the shock comes from where you least expect it, emotion simmers menacingly and ultimately to devastating effect, moral dilemmas and formal risks take audiences out of their comfort zone, while family relationships are put under great strain before any kind of relief can be experienced. The truths of life and the challenges of fiction — this is the adventure of the 2017 TIFF competition,” says Mihai Chirilov, the Artistic Director of the festival.

No Romanian production is included in competition this year, but there are two local presences in the selected titles: actor Alec Secăreanu is the lead of God’s Own County. Recently rewarded both at Sundance and at the Berlinale, first-time feature director Francis Lee tells the emotional though by no means sentimental love story of a young British farmer and a Romanian migrant worker. From Sundance also comes Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’s My Happy Familly, the story of a Georgian woman who decides to leave her husband on the evening of their 52nd anniversary, triggering a small family upheaval. It is shot by Romanian cinematographer Tudor Vladimir Panduru, also known for Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-winning Graduation.

A provocative debut comes from Polish director Bartosz M. Kowalski, Playground, a film inspired by a horrific murder committed by two British teenagers. And another disturbing approach on the way children are affected by the omnipresence of violence belongs to first-time Israeli director Yaniv Berman: Land of the Little People focuses on the struggle for territory between two army deserters and a group of kids for whom war ceases to be mere child’s play.

Zeus looks at the special connection between humans and falcons, starting from the toxic relationship between the main character and his mother. This is the first feature-length film for Miguel Calderón, known as “the enfant terrible of Mexican contemporary art”, and is based on a true story that changed the course of the director’s own life. Also based on an equally personal experience, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s Heartstone follows the sentimental trials and tribulations of a teenage friendship against the spectacular and glacial Icelandic landscape.

A weekend reunion for a father and a daughter who are both habitual liars generates an adorable fare in Las Toninas Van Al Este, directed by Gonzalo Delgado and Verónica Perrota. Delgado is one of the co-writers of Whisky, the Uruguayan comedy which received the Transilvania Trophy in 2005. At the opposite pole comes Dmytro Moiseiev’s Chrysantemums Time, which takes audiences through the devastating odyssey of a young widow managing funeral homes, rapacious relatives, and her own faith in the aftermath of her husband’s suicide.

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s Glory is a social fable about justice and manipulation. Awarded a special mention in Locarno, this film by the Bulgarian duo has at its center a well-meaning worker who ends up as a victim of the system. In Hounds of Love, the terrifying debut of Australian director Ben Young, a teenager is kidnapped and held by a dysfunctional couple. Emma Booth’s harrowing role in this feature brought her a well-deserved award for Best Actress in Venice.

Simulation, the first film of Iranian director Abed Abest is the most visually compelling entry in competition. The abstract set design, entirely rendered in a black box, generates a serious dose of surprise and suspense. Filmed almost entirely within the confines of one apartment, Marc Crehuet’s El Rey Borni is a dark comedy played among four characters, and which focuses on the accidental encounter between a young man who lost an eye in a protest during the Spanish crisis and the the policeman who caused the accident.

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Daniel Rafaelić has been named Director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre for the next four years, after a unanimous vote held at the 8th Meeting of the Board of Directors.

On Thursday, May 4th, after conducting interviews with all candidates, the 8th Meeting of the Board of Directors was held. In attendance were President Bruno Kragić with members Gabrijela Krmpotić Kos, Ivan Kujundžić, Igor Starčević and Jadranka Hrga.

The Board unanimously selected Daniel Rafaelić as the new Director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, with a four-year mandate.

‘My programme is based on the national programme signed last week by the Minister of Culture. It ensures the continuity of Croatian cinematography, production and complementary activities, as well as the promotion of Croatian film both within the country and abroad. Emphasis is on the fight against content ‘piracy, film education, and raising awareness of the importance of Croatian film. It is vital to continue with international co-productions and incentive measures in regards to audiovisual production. The Croatian Audiovisual Centre exists and remains as a result of the social consensus that this type of institution is vital to Croatian culture. All of the great things that have been done thus far will continue to be carried out in the future,’ said Director of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Daniel Rafaelić.

We would like to inform you that the call for the competition section at Szczecin European Film Festival '17 is still open. We would appreciate your help in distributing this information among your recipients. We are waiting for documentary films, short features, music videos, video arts, reportages, animated films which are going to be presented in four competition categories:

EUROPEAN COMPETITION FOR DOCMENTARY FILMS

Its main purpose is to present premiere productions which broaden the concept of documentary cinema and break its stereotypical image.
Submission deadline: 16/06/2017
Presentation date: 19-23/10/2017
Films may be submitted via:

FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SzczecinEuropeanFilmFestival-304326
FilmFestivalLife: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Szczecin-European-Film-Festival
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/form2017

TELEFON ART

An international competition for films shot with a mobile phone or another “hand-held” device registering vision and sound. The film's theme and execution technique are free - documentary, feature, reportage, animated and video art films are all allowed.

Submission deadline: 10/05/2017
Presentation date: 23-25/06/2017
Films may be submitted via:

FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SzczecinEuropeanFilmFestivalTELEFONART
FilmFestivalLife: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Szczecin-European-Film-Festival
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/429/telefon_art_17 

POP SEFF

A world competition for short musical film forms – so-called clips. We are looking for productions that break away from generic standards and whose visuals play an equally important role as the music accompanying it.
Submission deadline: 10/05/2017
Presentation date: 23-25/06/2017
Films may be submitted via:

FilmFreeway: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/SzczecinEuropeanFilmFestivalPOPSEFF
FilmFestivalLife: http://www.filmfestivallife.com/Szczecin-European-Film-Festival
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/493/pop_seff_17 

ZACHODNIOPOMORSKIE SHORTY

The seventh edition of a competition presenting the newest and most interesting film productions by authors associated with the West Pomeranian Voivodeship.

Submission deadline: 10/05/2017
Presentation date: 23-25/06/2017

Films may be submitted via:
www SEFF: http://europeanfilmfestival.szczecin.pl/en/428/west_pomerania_shorts_17

The competition section of SEFF discovers and presents the most interesting and newest artists’ proposals from all over the world. Last year, a record number of 2570 productions from 88 countries were submitted to the European Competition for documentary films (including co-productions), and over 1130 productions from 83 countries to the TELEFON ART competition.

In addition to the competition sections, the festival offers a rich accompanying programme, including i.a. Crossing the Boundaries – a point of the programme by Tomasz Raczek, dedicated to the future of film genre boundaries; Let's Talk Film – meetings with cinema stars; "The Best Films In The World" – a presentation of the newest and most renowned documentary productions; SEFF Film Forum - a meeting of the international film circle.

SEFFis an annual film event, organised by the OFFicyna Association, which investigates the boundaries of cinema and whose main mission is creative exploration. The festival programme is carried out in partnership with an international network of organisers and presented in Szczecin as well as in towns on both sides of the Polish-German border.

We would appreciate you to share the information about the open call at SEFF'17. In case of any questions please contact the Competition coordinator, Anna Julia Janik – e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (film submissions), and for matters concerning promotion Tomasz Jóźwiak – e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The enigmatic rebel of French cinema, a European film icon, and one of the world’s most beloved actors, the legendary Alain Delon comes to Romania for the first time as a special guest of the 16th edition of the Transilvania International Film Festival (June 2-11). The French star, who is often cited as one of the most beautiful men of all time, conquered the hearts and minds of the audiences during the golden age of European cinema.

Transilvania IFF will award Alain Delon the Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional artistic contribution at the closing gala, on June 10th. In his honor, on June 9th, the Unirii Square will host a special screening of Pour la peau d’un flic/ For a Cop’s Hide (1981), a thriller directed by the great French actor and which also features Delon in the starring role.

This year the 81-year-old Delon celebrates six decades since his cinema debut, which launched an impressive career spanning over 100 memorable screen roles, as well as behind-the-screen credits as producer, writer, and director. Rocco e i suoi fratelli/ Rocco and His Brothers (1960), Plein soleil / Purple Noon (1960), L’Eclisse / The Eclipse (1962), Il Gattopardo / The Leopard (1963), La tulipe noire / The Black Tulip (1964), Le Samouraï / The Samurai (1967), Borsalino (1970), Notre histoire / Our Story (1984), and Parole de flic / Cop’s Honor (1985) are only some of the titles which have made Delon one of the most important French actors of the 20th century.

Born on November 8, 1935, into a troubled childhood and later an adventurous adolescence, Delon was not clearly set out for the resounding success that he registered when he was only 23. His magnetic beauty and personal charm made him a target for Hollywood, but, despite being given the opportunity to be cast in one of David O. Selznick’s movies, Delon decided to start his career in France, where in 1957 he appeared in Yves Allégret’s Quand la femme s'en mêle / Send a Woman When the Devil Fails. In 1958 he stars in Christine alongside Romy Schneider, the charming actress who later becomes his fiancée.

Delon was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in Luchino Visconti’s 1964 Il Gattopardo / The Leopard, and for a César in 1977 for his starring role in Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein. He was  later awarded Best Actor for his role in Bertrand Blier’s 1985 Notre histoire / Our Story. The Berlinale awarded Delon a honorary Golden Bear in 1995, and in 2005 President Jacques Chirac made Delon an Officer of the Légion d’Honneur for his contribution to cinema.

In his career, Delon received festival, box office, and fan recognition, and worked with Luchino Visconti, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Louis Malle, among others. Of all his collaborators, Delon considers Jean-Pierre Melville to be best as a director.  Le cercle rouge / The Red Circle (1970), in which Delon plays a recently released convict preparing for his next crime, will be screened at TIFF as part of a Jean-Pierre Melville Retrospective.

A symbol of masculinity, Delon inspired the fashion and beauty industry, as well as pop culture. He has his own brand of luxury perfume and accessories, and he features on The Smiths’s cover for The Queen is Dead album. Madonna’s song “Beautiful Killer” on the MDNA album is a tribute to the iconic actor.

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Support from: Ministry of Culture and National Identity, National Center for Cinematography, Cluj City Hall and City Council, Romanian Cultural Institute, Cluj County Council, EU’s Creative Europe — MEDIA Programme

It's our great pleasure to announce the selected projects and participants for this year's MIDPOINT Feature Launch which takes off in June.

An extraordinary number of 75 projects were submitted, and filmmakers from no less than 32 countries were considered for the 9 slots in MIDPOINT's feature film program.

The participants will go through an intensive script and project development program which stretches over 5 months and includes two residential workshops in June and October as well as online consultations and not the least followed by high-end pitching and training awards - see more in the newsletter below.

The 9 projects are:

  • Alive in Moscow - writer/director Grigore Becket, producer Elie Aufseesser (Switzerland/Moldova)
  • Asunden - writer/director Petter Ringbom, producer Eliza Jones (Sweden)
  • Hawa Hawaii - writer/director Amirah Tajdin, producer Wafa Tajdin (Kenya)
  • Inventory - writer/director Darko Sinko, producer Vlado Bulajic (Slovenia)
  • Mnk Boy - writer Sibel Altinbas, director Mete Gümürhan, producer Bas Broertjes (Netherlands/Turkey)
  • Night of the Whale - writer/director Kaveh Daneshmand, producer Jordi Niubo (Czech Republic
  • Waterwolf - writer/director Ann-Julie Vervaeke, producer Anastassia Oudovitchenko (Belgium)
  • Zana - writer/director Antoneta Kastrati, producer Casey Johnson (Kosovo)
  • 19 - writer/director Kosara Mitic, producer Kornelija Ristovska (Macedonia)

Read more about all projects ...

'Alive in Moscow' was selected thanks to our partnership with COCO / Connecting Cottbus, and 'Hawa Hawaii' in collaboration with REALNESS - A Screenwriters Residency

The members of the selection committee are MIDPOINT Artistic Director Pavel Jech, script writer/script editor and Professor at Chapman University, CA; Slovenian Producer Danijel Hocevar, Program Consultant and Core Tutor on Feature Launch; Alessandro Gropplero from Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and Head of When East Meets West co-production forum; Inke Van Loocke, Coordinator of Cinemart and Rotterdam Lab under IFFR/International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Kristyna Plhonova, Project Manager of MIDPOINT Feature Launch.

International event at the end of April fulfilled its mission and brought big names of cinematography and students from all around the world to Bratislava. Masterclasses, screenings and discussions were balanced by friendly atmosphere.

Five-day event started with the screening of cult film The Neverending Story. Spectators travelled back to their childhood by watching this classic on the big screen in the presence of Colin Arthur, father of the phenomenal creatures. Not only he mentioned the process, he also showed real size models of creatures from the movie set like Stonebiter, Racer Snail and head of the Irish setter which – along with the real-life one that once belonged to Arthur – was an inspiration for the character of Falkor the Luckdragon.

Second day was led by the production designer Ludovica Ferrario who revealed behind the scenes and process of constructing fictional film world. She disclosed how she managed to build the replica of Sistine chapel or fill the square of St. Marco with water. She emphasized that script is like a recipe for audio-visual piece and later that day producer Tomáš Hrubý and scriptwriter Štepán Hulík picked up on that. They motivated participants with the stories of the beginnings of their careers and funny anecdotes from the movie sets of Wasteland and Burning Bush. At the end of their masterclass there was a vivid discussion about new streaming channels like VOD platforms Netflix and HBO GO.

On the third day of VFF Colin Arthur talked enthusiastically about his 50 year long career in SFX and make-up field. He mentioned various methods he used to create his spectacular effects, how to make a fake blood or how did he got away from working on wax figurines at the museum of Madame Tussauds to film set of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: Space Odyssey. He assured that despite he had created special effects without CGI he also believes it’s just another tool that provides even more possibilities in his field. At the end of his masterclass was acknowledged the old truth: Behind every great man there's a great woman. He and his wife Sarah Jeanne Arthur talked about their long relationship. Afterwards there was an exclusive pre-premiere screening of Menandros & Thaïs which led to brisk discussion with the producer Anna Tydlitátová and editor Zuzana Walter. They explained how they promoted their experimental and low-budget blockbuster. 

Friday morning masterclass was led by the executive producer of HBO Steve Mathews. He talked about the work of scriptwriters and the role of film channel in the European TV market. Despite the fact that the American production is much more unified, scripts on the old continent need to be adapted to cultural contexts of specific European countries so that they can be fully appreciated by different groups of viewers and they also have to feel relevant in the present moment. Then the Austrian filmmaker Anja Salomonovitz presented her documentaries with strong political and social messages.

Event finished with British director Peter Strickland and his debut film Katalin Varga which got a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Strickland also complained about the work of a freelance director being very hard because he never knows if he will have enough money for future projects,yet he encouraged students that if they follow their dreams despite the fear of failing, they will be eventually satisfied.

Networking and educational platform was fulfilled by the school encounters. Surprisingly friendly confrontations of film schools from around the world showed the different conditions in which are the films being made. Various teams exchanged their experience to improve and learn from each other.

Visegrad Film Forum is known for its great accompanying events. These took place at the various venues of Bratislava trying to represent its diverse nightlife. Overcrowded clubs were a proof that this exceptional city on the river Danube offers a lot, not only for the locals but also the foreigners. known for i e VOD platforms Netfearn from each other. the different unters. Surprising friendly promote and e VOD platforms Netf 

Date: April 25-29, 2017
Place: Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Venues: Film and TV Faculty, VŠMU

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Organiser: Boiler, NGO
Co-OrganizerFilm and TV Faculty, VŠMU
Financially supported by: International Visegrad Fund, Bratislava Self-Governing Region, Ars Bratislavensis, Audiovisual Fund, Central Europen Foundation

Under the patronage of the Mayor of Bratislava Ivo Nesrovnal

Partner schools: The Academy of Performing Arts - Film and TV Faculty (FTF VŠMU Bratislava), University of Silesia in Katowice, Eszterházy Károly University in Eger (EKU Eger), The Film Academy of Miroslav Ondříček in Písek (FAMO Písek), Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrad (FDA Belehrad), National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University in Kyjev (KNUTCT Kyjev), Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin (IADT Dublin), El Nahda Association for Scientific & Cultural Renaissance in Cairo. 

Europe's most dynamic producers at the Cannes Film Festival 2017

EFP (European Film Promotion) and its member organisations have again selected 20 of the most promising up-and-coming European producers to take part in EFP's high-profile networking platform PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE at the Cannes Film Festival (May 17 - 28, 2017).

During the five-day event between May 19 and 23, the exclusive group will enjoy a tailor-made programme of roundtable pitching sessions, 1:1 speed dating, case studies, including one in co-operation with the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages, as well as other industry meetings. All of these events are being organized to support the exchange of experiences and help create new professional networks. The longstanding programme is financially backed by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the participating EFP member organisations.

The stakes for participation are high, including the key requirements that the candidates have experience in an international co-production and an international theatrical release in their portfolio. The final selection shows that quality and entrepeneurship are not limited to the big players of the larger European countries, but can also be found in Latvia, Iceland or, as shown in previous years, in countries like Hungary. Consequently, Victoria Petranyi (Producer on the Move 2003 from Hungary) can be seen in Cannes competing for the Palme d'Or with her production of "Jupiter's Moon" by director Kornél Mundruczó in the same way as Patrick Quinet(who represented Belgium as a PoM in 2003) is in the Competition with his latest co-production, "Rodin" by Jacques Doillon. Another competition title is "The Square" by Ruben Östlund, produced by Erik Hemmendorff(PoM Sweden 2009) with the Danish co-producer Katja Adomeit (PoM Denmark 2015).

This year's group of Producers on the Move includes the Polish participant Maria Blicharska who will be presenting "Frost", starring Vanessa Paradis, in the Directors' Fortnight, while France's Didar Domehri co-produced Argentinian director Santiago Mitre's "La Cordillera" which will celebrate its world premiere in the "Un Certain Regard" sidebar.

Films in the Official Competition with EFP talent involvement are:

• 120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE featuring Adèle Haenel (Shooting Star France 2012)
• L'AMANT DOUBLE featuring Jérémie Renier (Shooting Star Belgium 2002)
• LES FANTÔMES D'ISMAEL featuring Alba Rohrwacher (Shooting Star Italy 2009)
• JUPITER'S MOON co-produced by Victoria Petranyi (PoM Hungary 2003)
• RODIN co-produced by Patrick Quinet (PoM Belgium 2003)
• THE SQUARE produced by Erik Hemmendorff (PoM Sweden 2009) and co-produced by Katja Adomeit (PoM Denmark 2015).

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The Award for Best Film Goes to Serbian Tragicomedy REQUIEM FOR MRS. J., German-Georgian Directorial Duo Nana & Simon Honoured with Two Prizes

The 17th edition of goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film came to a successful conclusion on Tuesday, May 2nd, with a festive awards ceremony at Wiesbaden's Caligari FilmBühne. More than 12,000 guests attended the festival, hosted by Deutsches Filminstitut, providing for full cinemas and intensive lectures, discussions and talks. All in all 111 films from 29 countries were screened over the seven days of the festival, and awards worth a grand total of 50,000 euros were presented at the festival finale. 

The members of the international jury - Latvian director Laila Pakalniņa (chairwoman), producer Max Tuula (Estonia/Russia), producer Sam Taylor (Great Britain), actor Jakob Diehl (Germany) and director Igor Drljača (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Canada) - awarded the main prizes to REQUIEM FOR MRS. J. (REKVIJEM ZA GOSPOĐU J., Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Russia/France, 2017, directed by Bojan Vuletić), MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI, Germany/France/Georgia, 2017, directed by Nana & Simon) and CITY OF THE SUN (MZIS QALAQI, Georgia/USA/Qatar/Holland, 2017, directed by Rati Oneli).

Festival director Gaby Babić emphasised: "I am very pleased to see that this year's focus on strong female characters in cinema and female filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe is also reflected in the selected films."

An Overview of the goEast Prize Winners

The Golden Lily for Best Film went to REQUIEM FOR MRS. J. (REKVIJEM ZA GOSPOĐU J., Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia/Russia/France, 2017). This tragicomedy tells the story of depressive Jelena, who is in the midst of final preparations to take her own life. The prize, worth 10,000 euros, was accepted personally at Tuesday evening's event by director Bojan Vuletić, together with lead actress Mirjana Karanović. The jury explained their selection by commenting simply: "Thank you for not killing hope, Mrs. J."

Georgian-German directorial duo Nana & Simon won the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (endowed with a prize of 7,500 euros). Their film MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI, Germany/France/Georgia, 2017), in which 52-year-old Manana resolves to move out of the family apartment and embark on a life of her own, opened this year's festival. Nana Ekvtimishvili und Simon Gross previously received the Award for Best Film at goEast 2013 for IN BLOOM. The jury explained its choice by commenting that the "film shows how difficult it is to open a window and let some fresh air in". Georgian actress Tsisia Kumsishvili, who plays the role of the daughter Nino in the film, was on hand to accept the award on behalf of cast and crew. 

The documentary film CITY OF THE SUN (MZIS QALAQI, Georgia/USA/Qatar/Holland, 2017, directed by Rati Oneli), a portrait of the mining settlement Chiatura in Western Georgia which has become a sort of modern ghost town, was honoured with the Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euros) for "captur[ing] the resilience and beauty of a place and its people as they overcome a grey city, a grey year and a grey century". 

In addition, the jury also presented Honourable Mentions to the Latvian-Lithuanian war drama EXILED (PELNU SANATORIJA, 2016, directed by Dāvis Sīmanis) featuring Ulrich Matthes in the leading role, as well as Hana Jušić's virtuoso feature film debut QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE (NE GLEDAJ MI U PIJAT, Croatia, 2016).

Nana & Simon's MY HAPPY FAMILY was also honoured with the International Film Critics' Award for Best Fiction Feature by an international jury representing FIPRESCI. The jury called the film "a magnificent work of cinema that depicts the life of a Georgian family in a universal and harmonious fashion".

The International Film Critics' Award for Best Documentary Film went to Ivan Ramljak's ISLANDS OF FORGOTTEN CINEMAS (KINO OTOK, Croatia, 2016), which pulls at the heartstrings of cineastes and "with simple means and a minimalist style shows in wonderful manner how the cinema is part of the natural landscape".

In the Experimental Film and Video Art Competition, made possible with the support of BHF-BANK Foundation, Frankfurt-based artist Aleksandar Radan won the Open Frame Award (worth 5,000 euros) for his IN BETWEEN IDENTITIES, in which the audience observes game characters in a virtual world in a manner bordering on voyeurism. The work is "a compelling, refreshingly immoral commentary on the self-searching performances of not only our own seemingly perfect digital mirror images", according to the jury. An Honourable Mention went to EXILE EXOTIC (UK/Russia, 2015, directed by Sasha Litvintseva), a tale of the exotic beginnings of the filmmaker's exile told from the edge of a pool.

The project GILGAMESH 4000 (Russia) by Nick Teplov received the goEast Development Award (worth 3,500 euros and made possible with the support of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain) for the best pitch at the East-West Talent Lab. The jury commented on the selection thusly: "With captivating images captured on various continents, Nick Teplov creates a vibrant, multi-layered poem of a film. GILGAMESH 4000 has the potential to become a work equally capable of touching audiences and shaking them to the core."

In addition, the jury gave an Honourable Mention to PARALLELS IN THE INFINITY from Hungarian artist Borbála Nagy, stating that the "project sheds light on a painful truth behind current political developments: the corrosion of civil society and democracy starts within the educational system".

In the talent development project OPPOSE OTHERING!, which is dedicated to examining and countering various manifestations of the marginalisation of individuals belonging to specific groups, five directorial tandem teams were selected to receive production grants in the amount of 4,000 euros each, made possible with the support of Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future". The winning tandems are Oksana Kazmina (Ukraine) and Maxim Cirlan (Moldavia) with their project ANTIGONA, Miona Bogović (Serbia/ Germany) and Ana Hoffner (Austria) with THE OTHER ZENIT, Zhanna Ozirna (Ukraine) and Aurelia Natalini (Germany) with BOND, Ion Gnatiuc (Romania) and Artiom Zavadovschi (Moldavia) with FACE TO FACE and finally Andreas Boschmann (Germany) and Aleksandra Medianikova (Russia) with DOMASHNEE VIDEO. The duo teams will return to goEast in 2018 to present the world premieres of their completed films. 

The 17th edition of goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film took place from April 26th to May 2nd in Wiesbaden, Germany. Among the many highlights of the festival were guest appearances by internationally celebrated filmmakers Agnieszka Holland, Lana Gogoberidze and Márta Mészáros, the latter the subject of this year's Homage, as well as a touching personal encounter with Artur „Atze" Brauner, accompanied by his family, on the occasion of the world premiere of MARINA, MABUSE AND MORITURI - 70 YEARS OF POSTWAR GERMAN FILM (Germany, 2017, directed by Kathrin Anderson). The goEast Symposium 2017, under the title "Reluctant Feminism: Women Filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe", was met with great interest from the world of film scholarship and research and the general audience alike.

The Prize Winners at goEast 2017

Golden Lily for Best Film (10,000 euros)
REQUIEM FOR MRS. J. (REKVIJEM ZA GOSPOĐU J, Serbia/Bulgaria/Macedonia/ Russia/France, 2017, directed by Bojan Vuletić)

Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 euros)
MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI, Germany/France/ Georgia, 2017, directed by Nana & Simon)

Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euros)
CITY OF THE SUN (MZIS QALAQI, Georgia/USA/Qatar/Holland, 2017, directed by Rati Oneli)

Honourable Mentions by the Main Jury
EXILED (PELNU SANATORIJA, Latvia/Lithuania, 2016, directed by Dāvis Sīmanis)
QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE (NE GLEDAJ MI U PIJAT, Croatia, 2016, directed by Hana Jušić).

International Film Critics' Award for Best Documentary Film
ISLANDS OF FORGOTTEN CINEMAS (KINO OTOK, Croatia, 2016, directed by Ivan Ramljak)

International Film Critics' Award for Best Fiction Feature
MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI, Germany/France/ Georgia, 2017, directed by Nana & Simon)

Open Frame Award (5,000 euros, endowed by BHF-BANK Foundation)
IN BETWEEN IDENTITIES (Germany, 2015, directed by Aleksandar Radan)
Honourable Mention: EXILE EXOTIC (UK/Russia, 2015, directed by Sasha Litvintseva)

goEast Development Award (3,500 euros, endowed by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain)
GILGAMESH 4000 (Russia, directed by Nick Teplov)
Honourable Mention: PARALLELS IN THE INFINITY (Hungary, directed by Borbála Nagy)

Production Grants for OPPOSE OTHERING! (4,000 euros each, endowed by Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future"

  • ANTIGONA (Oksana Kazmina, Ukraine, & Maxim Cirlan, Moldavia)
  • THE OTHER ZENIT (Miona Bogović, Serbia/Germany, & Ana Hoffner, Austria)
  • BOND (Zhanna Ozirna, Ukraine, & Aurelia Natalini, Germany)
  • FACE TO FACE (Ion Gnatiuc, Romania, & Artiom Zavadovschi, Moldavia)
  • DOMASHNEE VIDEO (Andreas Boschmann, Germany, & Aleksandra Medianikova, Russia)

goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film is hosted by Deutsches Filminstitut and supported by numerous partners. The festival is primarily funded by the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, the State Capital Wiesbaden, Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (EVZ), Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland, BHF-BANK Foundation, the Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege, the Federal Foreign Office, Deutsch-Tschechische Zukunftsfonds, the municipality of Eschborn, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and Krušovice. Media partners include among others 3sat, the FAZ and hr-iNFO.