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The competitions of the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus at a glance
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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. 
The DocMonday on 27.09.2021 at the Czech Centre Berlin with two Slovak films from the world of the blind and visually impaired is all about the 31st FilmFestival Cottbus (2-7.11.2021), which this year presents a Slovak thematic focus with the section Spotlight: Slovensko, among others.
From 20th-25th of September, the Gdynia Film Festival will take place for the 46th time. The event in the "Tricity" of Gdyina-Sopot-Gdańsk on Poland's Baltic coast is THE meeting place for the Polish film industry.
At the 7th Kozzi Film Festival in Zielona Góra, the five prizes were awarded during a gala event at the Palac Wiechlice on 17th of September.
17. September 2021

COTTBUS IN ZIELONA GÓRA

The European film festival buzz has started rolling again, and the FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) is of course back in the game. Programme director Bernd Buder will join the 10th Kozzi Film and Theatre Festival from 15th to 19th of September, which is taking place for the seventh time this year in Cottbus' Polish twin city Zielona Góra. The FFC traditionally presents the winning films of…
15. September 2021

FFC - Film - Diversity

The artwork of this year’s 31st FilmFestival Cottbus The time has come: We are happy to present the artwork of this year's FilmFestival Cottbus! How the artwork was developed and the motivation behind it can be found in this short profile.
FilmFestival Cottbus and Neisse Film Festival present their first joint film series as part of the Lusatia Festival From the region for the region - FilmFestival Cottbus presents in cooperation with Neisse Filmfestival the first film series in the framework of the Lausitz Festival. From 01 to 04 September 2021, the specially curated program will take viewers on an exemplary journey through the worlds of…
The Polish Film Festival "filmPOLSKA" opens its doors today for the 16th time and shows until 01.09.2021, screening this year's programme in 13 cinemas throughout Berlin.
The 11th Postira Seaside Film Festival (PSFF) will take place from 27.07. - 31.07.2021 in the idyllic coastal town of Postira on the island of Brač in Croatia. Despite the still ongoing pandemic, the festival will be exclusively live and on location, just like last year. This is made possible by a large open-air space at which, under controlled conditions, all distance and hygiene regulations…
It is summer in the countryside. The horizon is wide, the bees are buzzing, the sunlight bathes the fields in warm colours - an idyll?
We are pleased to announce that the film OASIS has won the main competition of the 49th International FilmFEST Festival (FEST) in Belgrade.
First a healthy, high-energy breakfast, then training, followed by a car ride to the next location.
26. April 2021

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. 
As part of the Powerful Voices online film program, the Czech Center Berlin in cooperation with the FilmFestival Cottbus present the fourth film of the series Powerful Voices.
As part of the Powerful Voices online film program, the Czech Center Berlin in cooperation with the FilmFestival Cottbus will present the third of four films by Czech women documentary filmmakers this spring.
While the renowned international film festival "Febiofest" in Bratislava, founded in 1993, had to be cancelled for the second time due to the Covid19 pandemic, the IFF Febiofest Bratislava Industry Days will get underway on March 29 and 30 - online, of course.
As part of the Powerful Voices online film program, the Czech Center Berlin in cooperation with the FilmFestival Cottbus will present the second of four films by Czech women documentary filmmakers this spring. Today, March 22nd, 2021, the second film of the series, EPIDEMIE SVOBODY / EPIDEMIC OF FREEDOM, can be streamed for free on the portal dafilms.com until 24:00. Just register briefly and you're ready to…
It's that time again: The Czech Lion Awards were presented for the 28th time this year.
FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) and the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) celebrated the official kick-off of the new festival year with the #digital East European Brunch. The international industry meeting was combined with a preview of the upcoming festival.
During this week the cinematic repertoire of the Berlinale was announced. The last titles will be published until tomorrow. Already now we would like to congratulate all those selected who made it into the Berlinale program.
Bernd Buder, programme director of the FFC, is part of an industry expert team during the Feature Launch 2021 Workshop as part of the co-production market “When East Meets West” at the 32nd Trieste Film Festival.
The 30th FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) presented 150 films within four competitions and eleven other sections from December 8 to 31, 2020 during its nationwide digital anniversary edition. In conclusion, the festival organisers recorded 13,600 individual accesses to the films of the programme as well as almost 5,600 views of the free digital (live) content, such as talks with filmmakers, panels and talks. The 31st FilmFestival…
Ivan I. Tverdovskiy wins the main prize for the best film in the Feature Film Competition of the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus. This is the third time the Russian director has been awarded the 25,000 EUR prize at the FFC, following CORRECTIONS CLASS (2014) and ZOOLOGY (2016). The Special Award for Best Director goes to Piotr Domalewski for I NEVER CRY. Acting debuts Marijana Novakov, Tijana…
"Everything different! Everything online!" is the new "normal" at FilmFestival Cottbus this year! For the past 29 years, the award ceremony at the FestivalZentrum has been the crowning finale and highlight of FilmFestival Cottbus. In 2020, the entire festival and thus also the award ceremony has been moved into the digital space for the first time.A milestone in the history of Film Festival Cottbus! From…
Nearly 150 films are on the programme of the 30th FFC – and excitement is promised not only by the question of which of the films will win a Lubina.  The programme includes a series of abyssal works that are as refined as they are elegant and stand for suspense made in eastern europe. A selected range: CAPTIVES Kristóf DeákHungary, 2019, 87 Min; HitsA chamber drama featuring the secret police.…
The 30th FilmFestival Cottbus begins on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. For more than three weeks - until 31 December - the anniversary edition will present 150 films nationwide in stream. In addition to the film programme, the FFC offers an online Q&A-programme with talks with film-makers as well as live talk rounds. The festival will kick off with an opening show hosted by Nadine Heidenreich…
As the Federal Government and the German States extended the measures aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic on the 25.11.2020 and cinemas will also remain closed, therefore, the film screenings of the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus planned between the 8th and 13th December 2020 in the cinemas cannot take place. Nevertheless, from 8 to 31 December 2020, 150 films will be available as a nationwide streaming…
Already on November 6, 2020, the Festival de Sevilla opened both as a presence and online festival. Until November 14, the 17th edition of the festival presents more than 150 European films in 18 sections, including 28 world premieres and 72 national premieres. A total of 150,000 euros in prize money will be awarded. Yesterday, the Andalusian regional government announced that all "non-essential activities after…
06. November 2020

coco AWARDS 2020

The 22nd edition of East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) announced the award winners of its two sections – feature films in development in cocoPITCH and works in progress in cocoWIP.   The traditional coco Best Pitch Award goes to the best pitch presentation of a project in development, voted for online by all attending industry participants. The audience chose VACUUM from Ukraine. In director Yelizaveta Smith’s fiction film debut,…
Since 2018, the FilmFestival Cottbus joins „Moving Images, Open Borders“ (MIOB), a network of seven European film festivals which was initiated by the Crossing Europe film festival in 2017 (see www.crossingeurope.at). The network just recently was granted a Creative Europe MEDIA support in the frame of the „Support of European Networks of Festivals“-call. The member festivals are based in all parts of Europa – Austria, France,…
Dear friends of the FilmFestival Cottbus, actually the opening ceremony of the 30th FFC was scheduled for today. But as you know we have to be patient for another five weeks. Andreas Stein, managing director of FFC organiser pool production, together with programme director Bernd Buder and on behalf of the whole FFC team, sends you a special video message. Take a look!
Around half the world with quarantine shows. With cinematic insights from Eastern Europe and many international guests, the FilmFestival Cottbus is a cultural melting pot - just like the Official Opening Band of the anniversary edition: Dubioza Kolektiv convinces with songs full of power and positive energy. The band with Bosnian-Slovenian-Serbian-Croatian roots finds its musical influences all over the world: ska meets punk, reggae, electronic…
Following the decision announced on October 28th, 2020 by the Federal Government of Germany to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which includes the four-week closure of all cinemas, the organisers of the FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) have decided to postpone the 30th edition. The dual festival will take place with film screenings in real cinemas from December 8th to 13th, 2020, the nationwide streaming offer will be…
On October 28th, 18.15  the project "Ukraine Calling" will show the Polish documentary film IN TOUCH, an experimental reflection on the relationship between labour migrants and their "home-bound" parents and grandparents. In this case of the Masurian village Stare Juchy, from which one third of the inhabitants moved to Iceland. The online screening will be followed by a discussion with the director Paweł Ziemilski and…
EDIT: Boğaziçi Film Festivali published the MEET THE JURY talk on its YouTube channel. Click here to watch.  From October 23rd to 30th, 2020, the Bosphorus Film Festival takes place for the eighth time. While the films will be shown under the slogan #AgainstAllOdds in Istanbul cinemas, following the social distancing codes, the Bosphorus Film Lab will completely go online. The Lab takes place for the…
Here are the answers! Ticketing, streaming, Corona? In our FAQs you can find out everything about the schedule, form and other details of the dual FilmFestival Cottbus. THIS WAY PLEASE!
Precisely two weeks before the start of the 30th edition, the FilmFestival Cottbus is publishing its complete programme. For the first time, the FFC will take place in a DUAL format: From November 3 to 8 in "real cinemas" in Cottbus as well as in Eisenhüttenstadt, Berlin, Görlitz, Zgorzelec and Zielona Góra and additionally from November 3 to 21 in the digital space. For the…
Down-to-earth attitude mixed with poetry – alongside the international Feature Film Competition, FilmFestival Cottbus presents the Short Film Competition and the U18 Youth Film Competition, which showcase the entire creative spectrum of the Eastern European cinema. For the first time, the winners of these two competitions will also be honoured with the FFC award LUBINA.  The 30th FilmFestival Cottbus will take place from November 3…
Dear Friends of Eastern European Film, Home Cinema is not a permanent solution. This spring, when lockdown made public cultural life grind to a halt for weeks, we once again realised how much it means to us to go to the cinema or attend a festival, to jointly experience motion picture art and to directly share this experience with others. Accordingly, this year’s FilmFestival Cottbus…
The FilmFestival Cottbus has been known for the best cinema from Eastern Europe for 30 years. In the Feature Film Competition at the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus (November 3 to 8, 2020), twelve films from a total of 22 (co-)production countries compete for the main prize of 25,000 euros and the special prize for best director as well as the prize sculpture LUBINA (Sorbian: the Lovely).…
Under the title "Film Location Brandenburg", the 30th FFC will be exploring the state of Brandenburg, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of its founding on 3 October, as an extremely versatile film location for international and German productions from 3 to 8 November. Every year dozens of feature films and television series are produced in Brandenburg. Not only in Potsdam-Babelsberg, but also in the surrounding…
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