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Jana Riemann was for us at the Mastercard Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema in Krakow. "I visited the festival to participate in the Industry Programme and to find films for our FFC programme. I can't tell you anything about it yet, but I can definitely say that I saw great films, met exciting people and fell in love with this beautiful city." Festival…
The Norwid Library in Cottbus' twin city Zielona Góra is hosting the Kozzi Krafftówna Łomnicki Film and Theater Festival in mid-June. As a teaser, Jan P. Matuszynski's LEAVE NO TRACES was shown on May 12 in cooperation with FilmFestival Cottbus. The feature film about the story of a teenager who died in a police operation against opposition activists during the times of martial law in…
On 9 April, 107 MOTHERS by Peter Kerekes, the winning film of the 2021 FFC competition, was awarded three Slovak Film Awards: the "Sun in a Net" awards for Best Slovak Film 2021, Best Director and Best Screenplay, which Kerekes co-wrote with Ivan Ostrochovský. The Slovak Film Awards are named after Štefan Uher's classic 1963 film "The Sun in a Net", one of the first…
The Greek Film Festival in Berlin will take place from March 30 to April 3, 2022. The festival offers German and international audiences the opportunity to experience the best of the Greek film landscape on the big screen.Held once a year in the heart of Berlin at the historic Babylon, with directors, producers, special jury members and art professionals in attendance, it has already established…
2021 in the Feature Film Competition at the FFC: FROM TODAY IN THE CINEMA Laura came to Moscow from Finland to learn Russian. But she fell in love with Irina and stayed. When they both want to set off together to visit ancient rock paintings thousands of kilometres away from Moscow, Laura suddenly finds herself alone on the train and doesn't know why herself. Instead,…
Detailed statement FFC team and Coco on the handling of Russian films on 22.3.2022
FFC at the Castorp Film School in Budapest In September 2021, four Hungarian writer-directors Petra Szőcs, Zsófia Szilágyi, György Mór Kárpáti, Zoltán Moll and producer Róza Kereszty launched the operation of the independent Castorp Film School in Budapest. The program is created in connection with freeszfe, which was founded after privatization plans for the state film school FSZE became known and the influence on the…
Bratislyva Industry Days will be held as part of Febiofest Bratislava. For the first time since 2019 again in presence. For us, program director Bernd Buder is on site. Indzstry Days will feature 11 works-in-progress from new Slovak feature, documentary and short film projects. Maybe there will be a film for this year's Cottbus Film Festival?
Three feature films from Eastern Europe, reflecting the social changes in the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan and Georgia since the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, are currently available on ZDF Mediathek: Tragicomedy "Nationalstraße" National RoadŠtěpán Altrichter Czech Republic, Germany, 2019, 90 min--> won the "Cottbus into Cinema Award" and the "Audience Award" at the FFC in 2019. Life doesn't love Vandam, but he loves his regular…
Stellvertretender Programmdirektor Joshua Jadi und FFC Kuratorin Jana Riemann zur Frage: Boykottiert das Cottbuser Filmfest Russland? Hier der Artikel, erschienen in der Lausitzer Rundschau. Oder per Klick in die "Bildergalerie":
The FFC will continue to cooperate with its long-standing partner, the Cyprian Norwid Library in Cottbus' Polish twin city Zielona Góra, in 2022.The Kozzi Krafftówna Łomnicki Film and Theatre Festival will take place there from 10-14 June. The focus this year is on the work of actors Barbara Krafftówna and Tadeusz Łomnicki - and of course the original namesake Maciej Kozłowski, the genre actor who…
  Programme Director Bernd Buder on 31.03.2022 Vilnius film festival boycotts Russian films Vilnius is the first European festival to actively boycott Russian cinema, while also organising its own Ukrainian Cinema Day and some Ukraine-focused events as part of the industry focus Meeting Point. What do you think of these initiatives? It is important to sustainably support the Ukrainian film scene as an integral part…
Cultural professionals are regular guests in the studio and answer questions in the Corso Talk. Our programme director Bernd Buder was a guest on 7.3.2022. You can listen to the podcast , conducted by Susanne Luerweg, here: Click here
Like the whole world, we makers of the FilmFestival Cottbus and its co-production market connecting cottbus are deeply shocked by the war of aggression of the Russian state under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine. We condemn this war in the strongest possible terms! In their more than 30-year history, the FilmFestival Cottbus and connecting cottbus have always seen themselves as a platform…
Quote Jana Riemann, curator of the Cottbus Film Festival and member of the "Short Film Competition" selection committe3.2.2022 "I have the privilege of commenting on the war in Ukraine today from the safety of my home office.I freeze as I watch the images on my screen and I can hardly imagine how this can be happening now in my home country. The war of aggression…
From 25 February to 6 March, the renowned Belgrade International Film Festival FEST will take place for the 50th time. Marjorie Bendeck, Director of the East-West Co-Production Market "Connecting Cottbus" (CoCo) and Programme Director Bernd Buder are on location for us this year. Bernd Buder is on the lookout for Serbian films for this year's Cottbus Film Festival, so he spends a lot of time…
Quote by Bernd Buder, Program Director Film Festival Cottbus25.2.2022 "We are in contact with Russian and Ukrainian filmmakers who are suffering in a personal and professional level from the war and the associated political pressure. I am also personally very affected and am afraid that the war is getting closer. At the beginning of the 2000s, there was a phase that was full of hope…
13. January 2022

We Are Looking For You!

We are looking for a Management Assistant/Project Manager as a parental leave replacement. We are looking for you to join our team in Cottbus - as a full-time permanent employee. Alongside the management, you will play a key role in managing the FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) and the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg (JFBB). While the FFC is one of the world's leading festivals for…
07. January 2022

WHERE TO MEET US

You can meet us at various European film festivals throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to send us a short appointment request. 
The Ultras of football clubs like Red Star Belgrade, Hajduk Split and other cult clubs from the former Yugoslavia are considered particularly tough, and particularly loyal. Under the title "United in Pride. Football, Nation and Identity in the Post-Yugoslav Region", the book by Anne Hahn and Frank Willmann, recently published by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, explores the myth and researches connections to nationalist…
17. December 2021

See you again in 2022!

The FilmFestival Cottbus team would like to thank all supporters, partners, colleagues, filmmakers and spectators who made it possible to hold our festival in 2021! We wish you happy holidays and look forward for a good 2022 and for opportunities to see and exchange ideas in person again, at the upcoming festivals, in the cinema or for a good chat over coffee. For the FFC,…
Mit DER SCHEIN TRÜGT kommt am 16. Dezember ein weiterer FFC-Film in die deutschen Kinos. In der schwarzen Komödie ziert nach dem Kurzschluss einer Glühbirne plötzlich ein Heiligenschein Stojans Haupt. Das Ding muss weg. Doch nachdem auch gründliches Haarewaschen nichts bringt, verdonnert Stojans Frau Nada ihn zu einem ausgiebigen Curriculum in Sachen Sünde. Ein bisschen Völlerei hier, ein wenig Ehebruch dort. Stojan ackert sich durch…
In den kommenden Tagen sind einige Werke der FFC-Sektion VIEL NEUES IM OSTEN in ganz Deutschland zu sehen. Die Reihe setzt sich inhaltlich mit der Auflösung der Sowjetunion vor 30 Jahren auseinander. Mit den vorgestellten Filmen thematisiert das Filmfestival den Umbruch in Russland, der Ukraine, Polen und (Ost-)Deutschland... und lädt zur Diskussion darüber ein.   Zu sehen ist... TAXI BLUES am 6. Dezember (18 Uhr)…
03. December 2021

Unser Programmtipp

Am heutigen Freitag, den 3. Dezember um 20.15 Uhr ist im ACUDkino die 5x4 Kurzfilmkollektion Kollektion zu sehen. Das 5x4 Brandenburger Festivalkino ist ein Festivalkino-Angebot der großen Filmfestivals des Bundeslandes – das FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC), die PROVINZIALE – Filmfest Eberswalde, das Jüdische Filmfestival Berlin und Brandenburg (JFBB) und das FILM OHNE GRENZEN Festival. DIE FARBE DES DURSTES (OT: EL COLOR DE LA SED) R.: Gala…
Many film festivals in Europe have a political or identity focus to anti-racism, anti-colonialism, gender, feminism, and LGBTIQ+. In this way, they can be seen as sites for promoting human rights and democracy in society. Films on the current situation of Roma are also appearing more and more often in festival programmes. But in most cases, paradoxically, the perspectives of the Roma themselves are left…
An afterlife for LOVE TASTING: David Nickel's portrait about first youthful loves and the search for sexual identity in a small Polish town will be shown on 29 November in cooperation with the FilmFestival Cottbus, among others, at Kino achteinhalb in Saarbrücken. The film describes the hothouse atmosphere of the so-called "LGBT-free zones" without moralising. A youth under the pressure of not being allowed to…
Heute Abend präsentiert das FilmFestival Cottbus mit ADMIRAL TCHUMAKOV (Belgien, Frankreich 2021) einen Film aus der Sektion „Viel Neues im Osten“ im Russischen Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur in Berlin. Im Fokus der Sektion "Viel Neues Im Osten" stehen die Transformationsprozesse nach dem Zerfall der Sowjetunion. Die Protagonisten der insgesamt zehn Filme stehen für Epochen historischer Veränderungen und bleiben dabei immer persönlich und nahbar. Durch ihre…
The 31st FilmFestival is coming to an end and celebrated the grand cinema finale of Eastern European cinema in Cottbus with the award ceremony. After a year's physical break, a high-quality programme consisting of 170 films was shown in seven venues and on ten screens, traditionally, in the first week of November. The main prize for the best film went to 107 MOTHERS by Peter…
05. November 2021

Statement

The first PICKASTORY award was given as a part of the COCO section at FilmFestival Cottbus.
Until Sunday, the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus will offer an extensive look at current Turkish cinema and present a total of 15 exciting, visually powerful and completely different feature and short films between political pressure and artistic emancipation for the first time. Despite everything, current Turkish cinema remains discursive and artistically surprising. With psychological sensitivity and unforeseen twists current developments, historical references and personal fractures are discussed…
At the end of March 2022, the so-called "Oscars", the "Academy Awards", are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles for the 94th time. Among the awards will be an "Oscar" for Best International Film. The prize, which until 2019 was called the "Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film", was first awarded in 1957 when it went to Federico Fellini's "La Strada - The…
Films have been made for the cinema in Slovakia for 100 years! Reason enough to look into the history and present of an unusual film country. The FFC compares cult films from the 1960s with current works - in exciting pairs of long and short films from Slovakia. The Spotlight: Slovensko series connects film heritage with the present, from the immediate post-war period to the…
Spotlight: Couple by Couple The two curators of the Spotlight: Slovensko series, Bernd Buder and Rastislav Steranka, each juxtapose two Slovak films that deal in different ways with themes such as the Holocaust, life in an urban microcosm, or the existential struggle for survival in everyday life. The films were made several decades apart. We had the opportunity to ask Rastislav Steranka some questions.What new…
Between arthouse and Netflix production, current Polish cinema continously takes on socially controversial topics.
Eastern European cinema remains political. Between parables of totalitarianism, analytical observation and caustic satire, developments since the fall of the Iron Curtain and current social rifts are put to the test, the hopes of the 1990s are set against the current political backward gear. In TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE (TR) by Tunç Şahin, an agency buys up bad loans from banks and drives the debtors…
The third part of the interview with Bernd Buder, our programme director, is here!
This year, the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus is once again letting it rip with some films. They mix genres and bring exciting entertainment to the audience. Between breakneck shootouts, pointed jokes, adventurous liaisons and surreal communities of destiny reflect thoroughly contemporary social contrasts. From laughter to tears to fear, there is something for everyone. Highly topical themes can be found, such as the forest fire inferno…
The second part of the interview with Bernd Buder, our programme director, is here!
The first part of the interview with Bernd Buder, our programme director, is here!
In its 31st edition, the FilmFestival Cottbus will present a total of 61 films from 33 (co-)production countries by and about women. The films bear witness to a world in which women can make equally sensitive films about men as men can make subtle films about women. Thematically, the contributions of the 31st FFC revolve around strong women and their everyday, sometimes dramatic stories. One…
The competitions of the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus at a glance
In order for our festival to take place as a presence event despite all the restVorführungenrictions, we depend on your help. For your and our protection, please observe the following rules in all festival cinemas and at the venues of the framework programme:
On November 20th at 7:00 pm, the RangKino of the Friedrich-Wolf-Theatre in Eisenhüttenstadt will show the film ZU DEN STERNEN by Nicolai Tegeler followed by a film discussion with the director.
The 31st FilmFestival Cottbus returns to local cinemas from 2nd to 7th of November and presents its programme of 170 films from 40 (co-)production countries, for the first time, in seven venues and on a total of ten screens. In addition, there will be digital cinema in streaming, parallel to the festival and extended until 16th of November. The festival opens with the competition entry…
The opening film evening for the seminar Film Expeditions in Eastern Europe - Film Critical Writing (novinki seminar) will show the documentary film "LANGE NACH DER SCHLACHT" by Eduard Schreiber and Regine Kühn on 21st of October at the Kino Krokodil in the run-up to the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival of Eastern European Film cooperating with the media library of the Institute for Eastern…
The 31st FilmFestival Cottbus presents the latest from Eastern Europe in cinemas and via streaming
We are happy to present to you: the trailer of the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus!
The new trailer for the Lusatian FilmShow is here!
For four years now, the FilmFestival Cottbus has curated a programme of current German films at the Finále Pilsen, the most important festival of Czech film. 
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