Sections

Feature Film Competition

The twelve best productions from Central and Eastern Europe. Up-and-coming talents compete with star directors. They all want just one thing: our charming prize sculpture called LUBINA and the main prize endowed with 25,000 €.  The heroes and heroines, as well as the anti-heroes and -heroines ...

Short Film Competition

In a nutshell, ten films tell diverse stories with strong emotions. A varied cineastic express trip through Eastern Europe, presented in two blocks on Friday evening, when it's once again: curtain up for the Long Night of the Shorts. The history of cinema began with the short film. THE KISS ...

U18 Youth Film Competition

... is more international this year: Seven contributions from ten production countries talk about the challenges of being young – at home, "on the road" and in digital space. Once again this year, a trinational pupil's jury will decide about the Prize for Best Youth Film. What is youth film? ...

Spectrum

Between black horror comedy and meditative mother-son story: The Spectrum presents 13 cinematic discoveries – provocative and radical, honest and unvarnished – including the opening film. Sometimes it takes an alternative approach to get to the very heart of a matter: life is full of ...

Close Up HU

Hungarian filmmakers reflect the situation in their own country. Whether old masters or young talents, whether documentary, feature or short film – Hungarian cinema presents itself in a multifaceted way. An inventory: from large-scale production to independent. The remarkable upturn of ...

Spotlight: Montenegro

Films from Montenegro show the contrasts of the Adriatic state between coast and mountains, tradition and modernity. Besides the two cult directors Momir Matović and Živko Nikolić, the focus is on young talents. Perspectives of a film country on the move. The Cinema of Montenegro – Shaped by ...

Regio: Lower Silesia

Twelve films take a look at the Polish region Lower Silesia with its charismatic capital Wrocław/Breslau. Insights into everyday life and history, war and forgiveness, lawless spaces and imaginative protest – between Western motifs and experimental art. Since 1945 over 400 theatrical films have ...

Everything stays different?

There is a lot of discussion and speculation about East Germany today. Stories of people from the time after the Peaceful Revolution until today. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall it is time for a new look: Did everything go too fast back then? Has everything changed, and if so, how? ...

Specials

Special views on special topics: On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the special series Between Bauhaus and Brutalism is dedicated to modern socialist architecture. Routes of Escape: Fear and Arrival in Eastern Europe shows how East European filmmakers deal with the ...

Russkiy Den

The highlights of the film year from Russia show defeats and successes, freedom and dependence – entertaining, emotional, political. The Russian community in Milwaukee is given a fast-paced side glance. Over the past year not a great deal has changed with regards to the political, economic ...

Polskie Horyzonty

Our neighbouring country Poland remains one of the most interesting film countries in Eastern Europe – between privacy and public space it remains at the pulse of time without forgetting history. Discursive, controversial and artistically diverse. Whilst under socialist dictatorship Polish ...

Heimat | Domownja | Domizna

In the Lusatian brown coal region and among people who live with constant change and try to preserve the old in the new. (Re)discoveries between Sorbian mother tongue and Rhaeto-Romanic comedy, contemplative Fontane reflection and lost utopia. This year the Heimat | Domownja | Domizna programme ...

Hits

Blockbusters, box-office hits and public films from Poland, Slovakia, Finland, Hungary, Serbia and the Ukraine with family stories, crime series and comedies. Forget about Hollywood!  East European success stories time and again top the domestic box office charts, often ahead of global hit ...

Children's Film

Six film programmes for young and old and the whole family: from fantasy worlds with strange creatures to extraterrestrial grandfathers, a fairytale remake of Radio Bremen and talking dogs.  The world premiere of the latest fairytale film production traditionally takes place together with ...

Lusatian FilmShow

The cult event as a forerunner of the festival in its 17th edition: a big screen for talented directors from the Lusatian regions of Brandenburg and Saxony.

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