Sections

Feature Film Competition

The twelve best productions from Central and Eastern Europe. Twelve stories as diverse as Eastern Europe, ranging from Ukrainian family tragedies on speed to contemplative end-of-time reflections from Azerbaijan and coming-of-age films between Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Securitate. Between ...

Short Film Competition

Traditionally, on Friday evening the curtain rises on "The Long Night of Short Films". This year, eleven films from a total of thirteen production countries will once again take us into exciting worlds of different colors. In two programs, the filmmakers show all their skills in the short genre. ...

Youth Film U18 Competition

Whether in hot-blooded battles with the Afghanistan veteran as a surrogate dad or in groovy battle raps as a stuttering YouTube sensation. The eight films in this year's youth competition impressively tell us about young people's wild search for identity in the face of the rapidly changing world of ...

Spotlight Romania

The Spotlight România shows what Romanian cinema is dealing with today. A cross-genre look at a film scene that reflects the history and society of its country with unbroken creativity and open flanks, in and away from the big cities. In 2001, Cristi Puiu's feature film debut "Stuff & Dough" ...

Spectrum

Everything but average. Serial killers with a history, mid-life crises in the Arctic Circle, fugitives with a cut, skiing on the border: the Spectrum shows everything that cinema can do. Here arthouse meets action, trauma meets morality, intelligence meets musical. A section of unusual encounters - ...

Homeland | Domownja | Domizna

The film series HEIMAT | DOMOWNJA | DOMIZNA highlights film-making in Lower and Upper Lusatia on Sorbian and regional themes.HEIMAT musy serbski byś! A program full of references to what Lusatia is first and foremost: Sorbian.Including: DŁUJKA NOC KROTKICH ŁUŽYCANARJOW / DIE LANGE NACHT DER ...

EcoEast

The new festival section EcoEast shows films on ecological topics and sustainability. How do people change the landscape, and how does the landscape change people? How does Eastern Europe deal with climate change? How are large-scale projects that interfere with the ecological balance discussed? ...

Hits

Box office hits and street sweepers! In their production countries, Central and Eastern European productions often compete successfully with Marvel, Disney & Co. for the favor of the audience. With their specific humor, their allusions to regional mentalities, political culture and history, ...

Children's Film

In this year's KIDS IM KINO program, our heroes and heroines face a wide variety of challenges. A boy must decide to do the right thing, despite the opposition of his friends. A girl expects a boring summer with her somewhat cranky grandmother, who, however, has a secret. Full of challenges is also ...

Lusatian FilmShow

  Lausitzer FilmSchau - Łužyska filmowa pśeglědka - Łužiska filmowa přehladka From climate protection to structural change, from Sorbian traditions to modernity, from everyday worries to fantasies and love - thematically, the Lusatian FilmSchau sets no limits. The only conditions are ...

What´s left?

How is Eastern Europe coming to terms with the "turn of the times"? What is left of the spirit of optimism after the fall of the Iron Curtain, in times of renewed war? The cinematic journey through former and present hotspots in Eastern Europe shows how people settle into a state of limbo between ...

Specials

Everything for the special look! The SPECIALS bring together extraordinary film series. Under the title "What's Left?", one series asks about the remnants of the economic and political, but also false nationalistic promises of the 1990s and early 00s. What is left of the hopes of that time? How is ...

Polskie Horyzonty

What is province? From the very beginning, the "Heimatfilm" has found its place in international cinema as something between a romance of the ideal world and a pointed social parable. In Poland, many films are currently dealing with the challenges and opportunities of "country life," discussing the ...

FullDome

Cinema under the dome: The FullDome cinema offers the unique opportunity to completely enter the world of film and be enchanted all around with the 360° projection. The dome of the Planetarium "Juri Gagarin" in Cottbus becomes a canvas for abstract representations of technical processes and human ...

Ralf Schuster

Ralf Schuster about Film as a Subcultural No-Budget Project When I shot my first S8 film in 1980, video recording on magnetic tapes was still in its infancy. In the meantime, magnetic tapes have long since become obsolete, and cellphones can at least rudimentarily realize all the steps of ...

Women's roles in socialism and beyond

Under socialism, the issue of equality was considered resolved. Women in the GDR, Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries were encouraged to get an education and go to work. And this is where film came into play. The role model of an industrious female worker shone on screens and canvases. ...

MIOB

MIOB is a network of seven European film festivals and was founded in 2017. All festivals are industry meeting points and public festivals at the same time, which means that there are exciting Q&As and appropriate (film) workshops after the films. At all film festivals, programs and films are ...

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