FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlinale to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorama and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlinale to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorama and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlinale to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorama and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlinale to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorama and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlinale to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorama and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlinale to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorama and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.

Paul Negoescu, the director of Two Lottery Tickets (2016), inspired by the work of Ion Luca Caragiale, is the Honorary Ambassador of the European Film Festival current edition, continuing a decade old tradition: to allow Romanian filmmakers to testify for the European film. The directors are invited to use their language of preference, the film, and they never disappoint.

"For me, the cinema is a universal language and I’m reluctant to split it geographically, ethnically or nationally. I equally appreciate European, American, Iranian or Japanese films. However, the European film has a special meaning for me, as I relate with its values. In European cinema, the author's vision is above the financial investors’ interests, and when the author has full creative freedom, authentic, unconventional and daring films can arise. Moreover, in times that seem to get more and more divisive, the cinema upholds as a social hard core able to bring us together, and the European film makes no exception." Paul Negoescu

Paul has directed the video spot promoting the current edition, based on his own idea. It illustrates the passion for the European film and, in line with the Festival’s new direction, it alludes to the film’s capacity to prompt not just emotion, but also debate. Unsurprisingly, stirring debate is the very essence of European cinema. https://youtu.be/HZKhFLLYOyg

The Honorary Ambassadors of EFF previous editions are: Anca Damian (2016), Tudor Giurgiu (2015), Adrian Sitaru (2014), Cătălin Mitulescu (2012), Radu Muntean (2011), Radu Jude (2010), Marian Crişan (2009), Cristian Mungiu (2008), Corneliu Porumboiu (2007) and Cristi Puiu (2006). Each of them provided an original approach in promoting the Festival, by drafting the script and undertaking the direction, thus contributing to the sentimental video chronology of the latest 10 editions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oujLOJkq2E

The director and screenwriter, Paul Negoescu, marked his directorial debut through A Month in Thailand (2012) and won several international awards for his comedy Two Lottery Tickets (2016).

The European Film Festival takes place in Bucharest (May, 4 to 11), Iasi (May, 12 to 14), Tirgu Mures (May, 19 to 21), Gura Humorului (May, 19 to 21) and Timisoara (May, 26 to 28). Immediately after, The Other Side of Hope, distributed by Independența Film, will enter the cinemas in Romania.

The European Film Festival is organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute, under the aegis of EUNIC Romania, in conjunction with the European Commission Representation in Romania, with the support of embassies and cultural centres of European countries, the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, the French Institute - Cinema Elvire Popesco, the Filmmakers Union in Romania and the European Parliament Information Office in Romania.

Partners and media partners:  Primăria Municipiului Iași; Primăria Gura Humorului; Primăria Municipiului Tîrgu Mureș; Asociația K’Arte Tîrgu Mureș; Primăria Municipiului Timișoara; Universitatea de Vest Timișoara - Facultatea de Litere, Istorie și Teologie; Centrul Cultural Gura Humorului; Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Iași "Mihai Ursachi"; Casa de Cultură a Municipiului Timișoara; Filarmonica Banatul; CinED; Macondo; SNSPA, PEN Club România; aarc.ro, Agerpres, Blog de Cinema, Bookblog, București FM, Cărturești, Cațavencii, CineFAN, Cinemagia, CinePub; Citatepedia; Dilema Veche; DOR; Dor de Ducă; Eskape; FilmNewEurope; Gratuitor; HotNews; Hyperliteratura; Igloo; LiterNet; Movie News; Modernism; MUBI; News.ro; Observator Cultural; Radio România; Radio Cultural; România Pozitivă; Șapte Seri; TVR; TANĂNANA; Webcultura; zeppelin.

Contact:
Alex Trăilă, EFF Artistic director, tel. +4 0747 28 98 93, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Anca Hrab, EFF Coordinator – Romanian Cultural Institute, tel. +4 0722 59 15 61, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the 17th Year Running, Wiesbaden is the Place To Be for Eastern Europe Enthusiasts and Cinema Fans Alike

In less than one week, goEast will transform the Hessen state capital of Wiesbaden for the 17th year and counting into a cinematic paradise for Eastern Europe enthusiasts, film fans and all those who care deeply for culture in general. goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, hosted by Deutsches Filminstitut and taking place this year from Wednesday, April 26th, to Tuesday, May 2nd, is presenting more than 100 films from 29 different countries, including six world, one international and 22 German premieres, three talent development projects and a rich supporting program featuring exhibitions, panel discussions, workshops, lectures, film talks and parties.

goEast is welcoming more than 200 special guests and filmmakers from Germany and abroad, including Polish director and 2017 Silver Bear winner Agnieszka Holland, Serbian film icon Mirjana Karanović, the grande dame of Hungarian auteur cinema Márta Mészáros, German actor Ulrich Matthes and legendary German producer Artur "Atze" Brauner.

MY HAPPY FAMILY (CHEMI BEDNIERI OJAKHI, Germany/France/Georgia, 2017), the latest film from Georgian-German directorial duo Nana & Simon (Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross), will open the festival on Wednesday, April 26th, at Caligari FilmBühne. 

This year, goEast is raising the banner for female filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe and strong female characters in cinema. As festival director Gaby Babić explained at the press conference today, Thursday, at Caligari FilmBühne: "The blatantly unequal treatment of women in the industry is a topic of discussion within the festival scene as well. On the average, festivals showcase far too little work from women. In the scope of research for our historical programs, it really struck us how for certain phases in cinema history it is almost impossible to find films from female directors. Obviously there were and still are contexts and periods in which it was particularly hard for women to work as directors. In spite of all that, there have always been women making films in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. And today there are a number of women from Eastern Europe in the European auteur cinema scene who are represented at the top of the field. Now we have chosen to devote ourselves to the work of female filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe in the Symposium and it is no accident that this year's Competition features several debuts from young female directors." 

Claudia Dillmann, director of Deutsches Filminstitut, emphasises: "With this important focus on female filmmaking, goEast demonstrates once again that it takes up important topics and contextualises them. Starting from the founding idea 17 years ago - to give the local and regional audience a deeper understanding for the culture and politics of their neighbours to the East - the festival has long since established itself as a central platform for the film scene of Central and Eastern Europe. Political issues have always played a role in the festival debates as well, and continue to do so. The fact that goEast aims to be political is also evident for instance in the new project accompanying festival section OPPOSE OTHERING!, which pushes back against exclusionary practices. In so doing, goEast continues to evolve non-stop."

Ingmar Jung, State Secretary at the Hessen State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts: "In 2017, goEast is celebrating its 17th edition. The Hessen state government is very pleased to once again be able to provide financial support for this festival for Central and Eastern European film based in the state capital of Wiesbaden. With its unique program of films, lectures and discussions, as well as its efforts to foster and acknowledge young talent, goEast invites participants and attendees to engage in a cultural exchange that could not be more politically urgent and societally relevant."

Axel Imholz, the new head of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Hessen State Capital Wiesbaden, expressed his satisfaction at having the opportunity to open one of Wiesbaden's most important cultural events right at the beginning of his tenure: "goEast brings an international festival atmosphere to our city. With a multitude of impressive films in the Competition, German premieres, well known filmmakers and international guests, the festival draws the attention of the world of cinema to Wiesbaden. With exhibitions in 'sam' (Stadtmuseum am Markt) and Museum Wiesbaden and numerous other events in addition to the film programs, it offers a great variety of further cultural attractions. Once again, goEast is creating spaces for encounters and promoting cultural exchange and discourse in Europe - something that is more important than ever in today's climate."

Dr. Helmut Müller, managing director of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, commented: "Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain is pleased once again this year to be able to give the 30 participants of the East-West Talent Lab, hailing from ten countries, the opportunity to publically present their works in the categories of short fiction feature, documentary film, experimental film and video art to a jury composed of respected industry professionals. The best pitch will be honoured with the goEast Development Award, funded and presented by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain since 2014 and endowed with prize money in the amount of 3,500 euros. In addition, this year there is the possibility to attend master classes given by renowned guests, such as director Agnieszka Holland, producer and goEast jury member Max Tuula or director Askold Kurov. And, last but not least, for the first time this year the Lab will be accompanied by a critic blog. All in all, the Lab is a wonderful possibility for participants to share experience and knowledge, to build networks and to gain valuable industry contacts."

Awards Worth a Total of 50,000 Euros

In addition to the Golden Lily for Best Film (worth 10,000 euros), the productions featured in the Competition for Fiction Features and Documentaries, chosen by the goEast selection committee chaired by festival director Gaby Babić, are also competing for the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 euros) and the Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euros). The winners are chosen by a five-member international jury, consisting this year of Latvian director Laila Pakalniņa (chairwoman), producer Max Tuula (Estonia/Russia), producer Sam Taylor (Great Britain), actor and composer Jakob Diehl (Germany) and director Igor Drljača (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Canada).

In the Experimental Film and Video Art Competition, the Open Frame Award, worth 5,000 euros, will be awarded. The best film project from the East-West Talent Lab will receive the goEast Development Award, endowed with prize money in the amount of 3,500 euros; for OPPOSE OTHERING!, five directorial duo teams will each receive productions grants worth 4,000 euros. 

An Overview of Further goEast Highlights

The new section goEast Gurus is showing the latest works from directors that have a special connection to the festival, films which have already successfully made the rounds on the international festival circuit, such as Cristi Puiu's SIERANEVADA (Romania, 2016), CLOSE RELATIONS (RODNYE) by Vitaly Mansky (Latvia/Germany/Estonia/Ukraine, 2016) and A GOOD WIFE (DOBRA ŽENA, Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia, 2016) by Mirjana Karanović.

The goEast Homage honours one of Europe's most successful female directors: Hungary's Mészáros, who has been making movies for more than half a century. Mészáros is slated to attend the festival personally.

The Symposium Reluctant Feminism: Women Filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe invites attendees to engage in a re-visioning of hitherto puzzling attitudes towards feminism: the focus here is on female directors from the East who took a stand for equal rights for women (and more) in their films, and yet consistently resisted any classification of their work as feminist. 

With ten contemporary fiction features and documentary films, a panel discussion and a film poster exhibition, goEast is placing the Czech Republic's film scene in the spotlight in the section Czech Cinema Now!. 

The Highlights present exquisite cinematic gems that have already delighted cinema audiences in their native countries, including works from Croatia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Hungary.

Among other exciting events, this year's Specials include the Sunday Matinee with special guest director Agnieszka Holland, who will present her latest film SPOOR (POKOT, Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovak Republic, 2017), and the world premiere of MARINA, MABUSE AND MORITURI - 70 YEARS OF POSTWAR GERMAN FILM (Germany, 2017), with producer Artur "Atze" Brauner and his family in attendance.

For the traditional archive presentation, goEast is welcoming the Czech National Film Archive, while the School Film Days will give students the chance to breath in a bit of festival air. Finally, exhibitions, film talks, concerts and parties serve to create further spaces for encounters between filmmakers, industry guests and festivalgoers.

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.

Krakow, 14th April 2017 - This year, the Golden Heynal will be awarded for the fifth time in the youngest competition at Krakow Film Festival - the international music documentary film competition DocFilmMusic. The films, filled with sounds and fascinating stories, will take the viewers on a journey through almost all continents, diverse cultures and almost all music genres.

As Anita Piotrowska, film critic and the co-creator of the programme of Krakow Film Festival points out, "music documentary film becomes more and more inclusive. Music always plays the main role here, but often it is additionally charged - it tends to be a political manifesto, an expression of rebellion against stereotypes, a new look at history or a sign of a complicated ethnic identity. It is increasingly difficult to find an "unadulterated" music documentary film. But this is which, in my opinion, proves its vitality and richness. And this is precisely this diversity - not only of the music itself, but of the contemporary ways of telling stories about it - that we tried to capture while selecting the competition titles."

The films, which have been enjoying the particular attention of the selectors for years, are the ones in which a human being and his often intimate and original story are in the foreground. One of the most expressive portraits of this year's DocFilmMusic selection is "Chavela" (dir. Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi). It is an intriguing story about the first woman in Latin America to wear trousers, about the legendary Mexican songstress Chavela Vargas, her life filled with loneliness and numerous affairs with influential women of her times, such as Frida Kahlo. A longtime friend and a promoter of Chavela's music was Pedro Almodovar.

Another Latin-American protagonist of a competition film is Sara Baras, one of the greatest dancers and choreographers in the history of flamenco and its living legend. The film "Sara Baras: All Her Voices" (dir. Rafá Moles, Pepe Andreu) tells about her preparations for one of her latest artistic projects, "Voces," which is a tribute to the great masters of flamenco, but also a story about the confrontation between tradition and modernity and about the struggle for one's beliefs.

Another intriguing portrait is "Red Gringo" (dir. Miguel Angel Vidaurre). Dean Reed was one of the biggest international pop celebrities from the period of the Cold War. American artist with openly anti-American beliefs, loved in the Soviet Union and in East Germany. He settled down in East Germany when he was forcibly expelled from Argentina for his left-wing views. It is where he died in unexplained circumstances.  

The documentary film "Revolution of Sound.Tangerine Dream " (dir. Margarete Kreuzer) is a tribute to the great musician, Edgar Froese, the creator and the leader of the cult German music band, the pioneer of the electronic music era. The film reveals previously unreleased footage, showing the members of "Tangerine Dream" during concert tours, photo sessions, meetings with Salvador Dali and David Bowie.

Another competition film is set in contemporary Germany - "When God Sleeps" (dir. Till Schauder). The protagonist, Shahin Najafi, called "the Salman Rushdie of music" is an Iranian artist who, for political reasons, is forced to leave his country and live in hiding because of the fatwaissued against him and the danger resulting from it. In spite of the sense of danger, which accompanies him, he decides to live and create art, giving concerts and taking part in social campaigns. His career is followed in the social media by over million fans.

In the documentary film "Born To Lose - a film about Lorenzo Woodrose" (dir. Palle Demant) we follow a different legend, the Danish musician Lorenzo Woodrose, famous for his psychedelic music band Baby Woodrose. The authors had been documenting the life of the artist for eight years, which makes a portrait, full of ups and downs, of one of the leading representatives of Scandinavian rock music.

The contact with Japanese musicians who perform ... country music can also be considered a psychedelic journey. "Far Western" (dir. James Payne) depicts the phenomenon of the fascination with this American music genre in probably the most distant place on Earth which can be associated with country music.

In "The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev" (dir. Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas) we take a look at the saga of the Alaev family, who emigrated from Israel to Tajikistan in 1990s. At the head of the family - as well as the family music band - there is the charismatic and tyrannical leader, Papa Alaev, and together with him, consecutive generations perform the music, learning how to play the instruments from an early age. 

Reflections on identity, emigration, belonging and religion are the subject matter of the film "Soul Exodus" (dir. Csaba Bereczki), where a group of klezmer musicians from the United States wanders around the world and sings songs which reveal to us their personal stories about their Jewish roots.  

Among the competition films, just like last year, there is one Polish production. The documentary film "Festival" by Tomasz Wolski and Anna Gawlita, a director-producer duo known to the viewers of Krakow Film Festival, among others, for the award-winning films "Doctors," "The Lucky Ones," and "Goldfish," is a collective portrait of musicians and conductors behind the scenes of the preparations for a classical music festival. The sounds of the compositions by Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven are interwoven with emotional dialogues of the musicians.

The list of films qualified for the music documentary competition:

  • "Chavela," dir. Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi, USA, 90’
  • "Far Western," dir. James Payne, Japan, USA, 82’
  • "Red Gringo," dir. Miguel Angel Vidaurre, Chile, 69’
  • "Festival," dir. Tomasz Wolski, Anna Gawlita, Poland, 85’
  • "When God Sleeps," dir. Till Schauder, USA, Germany, 88’
  • "Sara Baras, All Her Voices," dir. Rafá Moles, Pepe Andreu, Spain, 91’
  • "Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream," dir. Margarete Kreuzer, Germany, 90’
  • "Born To Lose-a film about Lorenzo Woodrose," dir. Palle Demant, Denmark, 82’
  • "Soul Exodus," dir. Csaba Bereczki, Hungary, 92’
  • "The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev," dir. Tal Barda, Noam Pinchas, Israel, France, 74’

57th Krakow Film Festival is held from May 28 to June 4, 2017.

Two Riversides Film and Art Festival encourages everyone to submit their films for this year’s edition. We are looking for feature films and documentaries, as well as animations and experimental films. We are accepting applications until May 31st 2017.

The films can be submitted to the main Two Riversides program, namely WORLD UNDER CANVAS (above 60 minutes) and IN THE SHORT RUN (below 60 minutes).

We also have an open call for our SHORT FILMS COMPETITION, which for years has been enjoying popularity among viewers and authors who come to Kazimierz and Janowiec to talk about their – often first – productions. The competition accepts films of a running time up to 35 minutes – features, documentaries, animations, experimental films – produced in 2016 or 2017. Older films may also be accepted, as long as their screening at the Festival will be their first Polish presentation. The competition films will be judged by a Jury assembled by the Festival’s Program Department.

The competition has been part of Two Riversides since its second edition. For film directors it is a chance to make an appearance on the big screen, and to win financial prizes. The Main Award is 5000 zł, 2nd place – 3000 zł, 3rd place – 2000 zł. 

Details concerning the requirements for particular sections are defined in the FILM SUBMISSION REGULATIONS.

To make the application process easier, films in all sections can be submitted using the FilmFreeway internet platform: www.filmfreeway.com/festival/tworiversides. Simply create an account for your film, upload a viewing copy and submit it to our Festival – submission fee is only five dollars. You can only submit one film directed by a given artist. If you have questions, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also this year there will be THE AUDIENCE POLL – the participating films are those from the “World Under Canvas” section. Feature-length film premieres from other sections may be included in the poll. Two Riversides audience will vote for the best productions. The final list of films participating in the poll will be announced on our our website no later than a week before the beginning of the Festival.

11th Film and Art Festival Two Riversides will take place on July 29th – August 6th 2017 in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec nad Wisłą.