COTTBUS: The 28th Cottbus Film Festival, running 6 – 11 November 2018, spans the CEE region from Estonia to Serbia for the main competition.
Among the 12 films selected for the competition, three films were originally presented at the sister industry event, connecting cottbus. The festival's director Bernd Buder pointed out that half of the competition films are by female directors and many have a female protagonist at their core.
Along with the main competition, Cottbus has a long-standing short film competition and a newer competition of films for youth.
The list of films in the main competition follows:
Ayka (Russia, Germany, Poland, Kazakhstan) Directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy Produced by Pallas Film GmbH Coproduced by Otter Films, KNM, Kinodvor, Eurasia, Juben Pictures Supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture, Eurimages, the Polish Film Institute, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung The Delegation (Albania, France, Greece, Kosovo) Directed by Bujar Alimani One Day (Hungary) Directed by Zsófia Szilágyi
Year of the Monkey (Macedonia, Serbian, Slovenia, Kosovo) Directed by Vladimir Blazevski Produced by Pank Film Production Coproduced by Kiselo Dete, Strup Produkcija Supported by Eurimages, SEE Cinema Network, the Macedonian Film Agency, Film Center Serbia, Kosovo Film Centre and the Slovenian Film Centre
Irina (Bulgaria) Directed by Nadejda Koseva Produced by Art Fest Supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe – MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, ScripTeast
Crystal Swan (Belarus, Germany, US, Russia) Directed by Darya Zhuk Trash on Mars (Czech Republic)Directed by Benjamin TučekProduced by Nyasa Film ProductionsCoproduced by Sound SquareSupported by the Czech Film Fund Rejected (Kazakhstan) Directed by Zhanna Issabayeva Jumpman (Russia, Ireland, Lithuania, France) Directed by Ivan I. Tverdovsky Produced by New People Company Coproduced by Film and Music Entertainment, Tremora, Arizona Production Supported by the Ministry of Culture of Russia, the Lithuanian Film Center, Eurimages The Load (Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar) Directed by Ognjen Glavonić Produced by Non-Aligned Films Coproduced by Cinéma Defacto, Kinorama,Three Gardens Film Supported by Aide aux cinémas du monde — CNC, Eurimages, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Visions Sud Est, Film Center Serbia, Hubert Bals Fund, Doha Film Institute, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina
Via Carpatia (Poland, Macedonia, Czech Republic) Directed by Klara Kochańska, Kasper Bajon Produced by MD4 Coproduced by Chimney Poland, Kijora Film, Sound Mind – Michał Fojcik, Sektor Film Skopje (www.sektor.com.mk), Heaven’s Gate (Czech Republic – no website) Supported by Polish Film Institute
Take It or Leave It (Estonia)Directed by Liina Trishkina-VanhataloProduced by AllfilmSupported by the Estonian Film Institute