FESTIVALS: goEast 2021 Announces Winners

    Golden Lily winner Alina Gorlova for This Train Will Never Stop Golden Lily winner Alina Gorlova for This Train Will Never Stop copyright: goEast

    WIESBADEN: Alina Gorlova’s documentary This Train Will Never Stop, a coproduction between the Ukraine, Latvia, Germany and Qatar, received the Golden Lily for Best Film at the 21st edition of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which was held physically and online 20-26 April 2021.

    The 21st edition of goEast, hosted annually by Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, was able to shift nearly all of the originally planned 92 festival films from 38 countries (including 32 German and two world premieres) to digital space. However, for the second "pandemic edition" of goEast, the festival organisers were not content to merely offer a media library.

    Instead, a festival centre also blossomed in Wiesbaden behind closed doors, in strict compliance with public health guidelines, featuring ample space for festival guests, two festival studios, a COVID test station run by the German Red Cross, and an action art performance by the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi.

    Sixteen titles were selected for the Competition for Central and Eastern European feature films and documentaries. The Competition films were made available online in cooperation with the VoD provider filmwerte.

    goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film was hosted by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and made possible with the support of numerous partners. Primary funding partners are HessenFilm und Medien GmbH, the State Capital Wiesbaden, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, BHF BANK Foundation, Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege, Renovabis and Deutsch-Tschechische Zukunftsfonds.


    Golden Lily for Best Film:
    This Rain Will Never Stop (Ukraine, Germany, Latvia, Qatar)
    Directed by Alina Gorlova

    Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director:
    Juja Dobrachkous for Bebia, à mon seul désir (Georgia, UK)

    Award for Cultural Diversity:
    How I Became a Partisan (Czech Republic, Slovakia) Documentary
    Directed by Vera Lacková

    Special Mention:
    Chupacabra (Russia)
    Directed by Grigory Kolomytsev

    FIPRESCI International Film Critic's Award (feature film):
    Bebia, à mon seul désir (Georgia, UK)
    Directed by Juja Dobrachkous

    FIPRESCI International Film Critics Award (documentary):
    Please Hold the Line (Austria) Documentary
    Directed by Pavek Cuzuioc

    Open Frame Award:
    The Spheres City – Tangible Utopias (Romania)
    Directed by Ioana Mischie

    Open Frame Award – Special Mention:
    #PrisonersVoice (Ukraine)
    Directed by Nikita Bohdanov

    RheinMain Short Film Award:
    Ural (Germany)
    Directed by Alla Churikova

    RheinMain Short Film Award – Special Mention:
    Man (Latvia)
    Directed by Yulia Timoshkina

    Renovabis Research Grant (for a documentary project with a focus on human rights):
    Second Hand War (Czech Republic, Germany)
    Directed by Anna Benner, Eluned Zoe Aiano

    goEast Development Award:
    King Matt the First (Poland)
    Directed by Jaśmina Wójcik
    Produced by Agnieszka Rostropowicz-Rutkowska

    Pitch the Doc Award:
    Spa (Lithuania)
    Directed by Ieva Šakalytė