FESTIVALS: Winners of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Films 2024

    Silence of Reason by Kumjana Novakova Silence of Reason by Kumjana Novakova source: www.filmfestival-goeast.de

    WIESBADEN: Bosnian/Macedonian Silence of Reason by Kumjana Novakova received the Golden Lily for Best Film at the 24th goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which was held in Wiesbaden 24 – 30 April 2024.

    At the closing ceremony held at Caligari FilmBühne prizes valued at a total of 28,000 EUR were announced in the Main Competition, the RheinMain Short Film Competition and the East – West Talent Lab.

    Sixteen titles including films by Mladen Đorđević and Tinatin Kajrishvili competed in the main competition. The festival screened 90 films and welcomed over 200 guests.

    The symposium “The ‘Other’ Queers: Cinematic Images from the Periphery of Europe”, the exhibition “Political Textile” and a panel discussion addressing queer anti-war activism in Ukraine were among the highlights of the sidebar programme.

    Hosted by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmuseum, goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film is one of the most internationally significant platforms for cinema from the CEE region. With its programme consisting of film screenings and accompanying events, goEast’s reach extends beyond regional audiences – to communities with histories of migration from Eastern Europe and industry guests from the international film sector alike.


    Golden Lily for Best Film:
    Silence of Reason (Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia)
    Directed by Kumjana Novakova
    Produced by Pravo Ljudski
    Coproduced by Medea

    Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director:
    Maryna Vroda for Stepne (Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Slovakia)
    Produced by vrodastudio
    Coproduced by Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Tandem Production, Koi StudioNew Europe Film SalesKerekes Film
    Supported by the Ukraine State Film Agency, Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, (MBB-ILB) Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, RBB – Rundfunk Berlin- Brandenburg, Koi-Studio, New Europe Film Sales, the Slovak Film Commission, Kerekes Film, FVG Audiovisual Fund

    Special Mention:
    1489 (Armenia)
    Directed by Shogakat Vardanyan

    3Sat Feature Film Broadcast Selection:
    Bauryna Salu (Kazakhstan)
    Directed by Ashkat Kuchinchirekov

    CEEOL Award for Best Documentary Film:
    A Picture to Remember (France, Germany, Ukraine)
    Directed by Olga Chernykh

    Special Mention of the International Jury:
    KIX (Hungary, Croatia, France)
    Directed by Bálint Révész, Dávid Mikulán
    Produced by ELF Pictures
    Coproduced by Eclectica, Cinephage, HBO Max, ARTE France

    FIPRESCI Jury Documentary Award:
    KIX (Hungary, Croatia, France)

    FIPRESCI Jury Feature Film Award:
    Plague (Russia)
    Directed by Dmitrii Davydov

    RheinMain Short Film Competition:

    RheinMain Short Film Award:
    QIRIM (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Katerina Khramtsova

    East – West Talent Lab:

    Special Mention:
    Sacred Songs (Georgia)
    Directed by Nona Giunashvili
    Produced by Mariam Bitsadze

    Pitch-the-Doc Award:
    Echoes of Avey (Azerbaijan)
    Directed by Atanur Nabiyeva

    Renovabis Research Grant:
    The Amateur Photographer’s Family Portrait (Azerbaijan, Georgia)
    Directed by Nurlan Hasanli
    Produced by Irina Gelashvili

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