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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…
13. October 2020

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.  Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (online)member of the documentary film juryBernd Buder, Programme Director – 16.-22.11.2020 Bosphorus Film Festival – Bosphorus Film Lab (online)WIP-JuryBernd Buder, Programme Director – 23.-30.10.2020 Cent East Market @ Warsaw Film Festival (online)Bernd Buder, Programme Director – 15.-18.10.2020 Antalya Film Forum Bernd Buder, Programme…
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…
The 30th year of German unification marks a change not only for Germany but also for its neighbouring countries. The FFC section "Von Frust und Freiheit" (Of Frustration and Freedom) - History(s) of the Post-Revolutionary Era looks at the effects in (East) Germany and the former socialist states of East Central Europe– Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The works presented tell astonishingly colourful…
With the series "Stau 1990/2020", the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of German Unity, reflects on the right-wing extremism of the 1990s as an anti-democratic side effect of the reunification process and asks about the consequences for the current political culture. In the 1990s, the influx of right-wing extremist parties and right-wing subcultures was one of the side effects of…
23. September 2020

FFC at the Finále Plzeň

For three years now, the FFC has been presenting programmes of German films at the Finále Pilsen, the most important national Czech film festival. This year, under the title "30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain", the programme includes eight feature films, documentaries and short films that deal with East-West German themes in a pointed way. They deal with the difficulties and the…
01. September 2020

Celebrating Hungarian film

Veszprém-Balaton Filmpiknik is Hungary's newest film festival, the very first cultural cinema event of the 2023 European Capital of Culture Veszprém-Balaton. From 3 to 5 September the most famous Hungarian film classics and a selection of the best films from 2019 and 2020 will be screened, including FOMO and TALL TALES – films from the 29th FFC edition. The jury of the Veszprém-Balaton Filmpiknik also…
On the occasion of its 30th anniversary edition (November 3 to 8, 2020), the FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) makes itself and Germany a gift: The FFC is growing into the digital world and is expanding the Cottbus festival onto a new level with a nationwide online program. The goal of the FilmFestival Cottbus for already 30 years now has been promoting young, exciting, dialogue-oriented cinema from…
The European Film Academy has announced the first part of the feature films that will be recommended for nomination for the 2020 European Film Awards. Due to Covid-19 and its restrictions, the selection of 2020 will be announced in two steps. The second part of the list will be published in September. The two-step announcement allows the inclusion of films that would have premiered by…
Here we are! And we're bright! The new team of the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus. We are preparing this year's anniversary festival for you. The 30th edition is under special circumstances, but it will surely be a blast. Let yourself be surprised!
From July 28 to August 1, 2020 the tenth Postira Seaside Film Festival (PSFF) will take place in the idyllic coastal town of Postira on the island Brač (Croatia). Since 2015 there is an intensive festival partnership between PSFF and the FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC).
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, all film festivals and film markets worldwide have been cancelled since the beginning of March. Most of them were postponed or presented their programmes online. With the necessary cautious reopening of the cinema landscape in Europe, it is foreseeable that film festivals will soon be able to take place again. The Sarajevo Film Festival and the Prishtina Film Festival, for…
One of the first releases to restart cinema life in Germany is NATIONAL STREET by Štěpán Altrichter. The film will start in German cinemas on 11 June 2020. The adaptation of the successful novel of the same name by Jaroslav Rudiš was screened as German premiere at the FFC 2019 in the Feature Film Competition and received the "Cottbus ins Kino" award for the promotion of…
Our series "EINBLICKE #stillcreative INSIGHTS" includes videos in which European filmmakers send greetings about the current situation. The complete playlist of "EINBLICKE #stillcreative INSIGHTS" is available on the YouTube-Kanal of the FilmFestival Cottbus: www.youtube.com/ffc
Submission closed. Deadline: July 15th, 2020.  Cottbus looks for new feature and short films from Eastern, East Central and South Eastern Europe* From November 3 to 8, 2020 the 30th jubilee edition of the FilmFestival Cottbus, one of the continent’s leading festivals for Central and Eastern European Cinema, is scheduled to take place. Featuring a total of up to 200 films from more than 30…
The drama CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa has set a new record with eleven awards at the Polish Film Awards ORŁY (Eagle). Never before in the history of ORŁY, which has been awarded since 1999, has a film won so many prizes. With nominations in 15 of a total of 18 categories, CORPUS CHRISTI had already started the race with clear dominance and has now…
Auftakt ins Jubiläumsjahr Das FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) feiert 2020 sein 30. Jubiläum. Der offizielle Auftakt in dieses bedeutende Festivaljahr ist der heutige internationale Branchentreff „East European Brunch“ im Rahmen der 70. Berlinale.Gemeinsam mit der Vertretung des Landes Brandenburg beim Bund begrüßten das FFC und der Ost-West-Koproduktionsmarkt connecting cottbus (coco) 300 Gäste aus Film, Kultur, Politik und Wirtschaft.Erste Programminhalte des 30. FFC, die 22. coco-Ausgabe sowie…
The FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020. The official start of this significant festival year was the international industry meeting "East European Brunch" during the 70th Berlinale on 26 February 2020. Together with the Representation of the State of Brandenburg to the Federal Government, the FFC and the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) welcomed over 300 guests from the film industry,…
The Serbian director and author Ognjen Glavonić is member of the jury "GWFF Best First Feature Award" of this year's 70th Berlinale (Feb 20 to Mar 1, 2020). Glavonić participated with TERET | THE LOAD 2018 in the Feature Film Competition of the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus.  The film received a Special Mention by the International Jury and won the FIPRESCI Prize. Together with the Egyptian…
In collaboration with the Film Festival Cottbus and with the support of the Goethe Institut Rome, the 31st edition of TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL (January 17-23, 2020), Italy’s leading festival for East Central European cinema, presents the festival section "1990-2020: 30 years from German reunification. Time Will Tell". Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall discussions about the events of 1989/90 and the post-reunification…
During the 29th FilmFestival Cottbus, 14 film journalists from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Russia came together for a four-day workshop. Under the title "Civil society discourse in film journalism", participants from all areas of the media have been sensitised for differentiated reporting on films that transport and discuss civil society values. Headed by film journalist Marta Balaga (Cineuropa, Variety), the participants have been made…
Julia Sinkevych, General Producer of the Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF), was awarded for her engagement to the development of the Ukrainian film industry at the 8th Subtitle: Spotlight European Film Festival in Kilkenny. The award was presented by the Irish actor Cillian Murphy (28 DAYS LATER, BROKEN, DUNKIRK). "The Odesa International Film Festival has been one of our partner festivals for several years," explains…
The submissions for the best international feature film at the Oscars 2020 have been made. For the first time, the prize will be awarded under the name "Best international feature film" instead of "Best foreign-language film". 92 films compete for the award. 28 of them come from countries which, according to the regulations, belong to the territory of the FFC. Among them are five films that…
In the evening on the 9th of November, the winners of the 29th FilmFestival Cottbus were chosen at the award ceremony in the FESTIVALZentrum Stadthalle.The Main Prize for Best Film goes to the Bulgarian film SESTRA | SISTER by Svetla Tsotsorkova. Teodor Kuhn is delighted to receive the Special Prize for Best Director for his emotional feature film OSTRÝM NOŽOM | BY A SHARP KNIFE.For…
Wettbewerb Spielfilm | Competition Feature Film Hauptpreis für den besten Film | Main Prize for Best Film 25.000 EUR gestiftet von | donated by Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten (GWFF) SESTRA | SCHWESTER | SISTER Svetla TsotsorkovaBG/QA 2019 Wenn ein Film dem Kino das gibt, was das Kino am meisten liebt, dann ist die Begeisterung des Publikums und der Jury die gleiche: Es geht um faszinierende…
30. October 2019

Student Encounter 2019

Film festivals are an excellent place for encounters and intercultural exchange between filmmakers and their audiences. Films can point to current narratives and it is not unusual for political and historical taboos to regain more public attention on the screen. They therefore offer an opportunity for joint reflection. Thus it is more than necessary to involve a young, multinational audience in this dialogue. The FilmFestival…
The FilmFestival Cottbus presents its complete programme, which this year includes 210 films from 45 (co)producing countries. With the Georgian film GORI | PIG by Giga Liklikadze, the FFC presents another world premiere in the Feature Film Competition. Patrons of the 29th edition of the FilmFestival Cottbus are Olaf Scholz, Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance, and traditionally Dietmar Woidke, Minister President of Brandenburg. "The…
The film programme of the 29th FilmFestival Cottbus is complete, the FESTIVALMagazine is printed and the presale has started. The printed version with all information about the programme is already being distributed. Here on our website, the category SECTIONS gives you online an overview over the this year's programme.  In addition, you can download the FESTIVALMagazine as a PDF here: FESTIVALMagazine - 29th edition
The FilmFestival Cottbus (November 5-10, 2019) announces the first six of twelve films of the FEATURE FILM COMPETITION. FULL MOON, the feature film debut of Bosnian director Nermin Hamzagić, celebrates its world premiere in Cottbus. People under pressure, angry citizens on adrenaline who have had enough and revolt - lone warriors of all ages against conventions and gentrification, corruption and right-wing networks, their own family…
On September 15, the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) will begin in Georgia. For 14 years, the festival in the Black Sea city of Batumi has offered the public the opportunity to see the latest international arthouse productions. In the three competitions - Feature Film, Documentary Film and Short Film - which characterize the festival, nine prizes are awarded. BIAFF will be showing a…
On November 5th, FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) will open its 29th edition in a festive ceremony in the Staatstheater Cottbus (Großes Haus). Opening film is the cross-border comedy SMUGGLING HENDRIX, the feature film debut of director Marios Piperides. The production, in which "Soul Kitchen" star Adam Bousdoukos plays the protagonist, has won numerous international awards, including the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. "The opening film…
On the occasion of the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the FilmFestival Cottbus and connecting cottbus together with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH invited to the East European Brunch. Programme Director Bernd Buder and Brigitta Manthey of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg welcomed both established and aspiring filmmakers as well as representatives of the media, politics and culture.
Starting in the summer semester of 2019, the FilmFestival Cottbus, the Institute of Eastern Slavic Literatures and Cultures at the University of Potsdam and the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences (Eastern European Literatures) of European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) offer students the opportunity to curate a section of the festival. Within the curation seminar the students learn basic curation techniques, make a film selection…
On April 21st, 2019 in Ukraine the comedian Volodymyir Selenskyj was elected president with an overwhelming majority – almost without political experience and without a programme. The audience of the FilmFestival Cottbus already knows Selenskyj from the leading role in the film SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, based on the YouTube series of the same name. The film was shown in 2017 in the FFC section…
FilmFestival Cottbus‘ partner festival FilmPolska (April 24-May 1, 2019) also presents films of the 28th edition of FFC.  Within the co-operation of FFC, the Polish Institute Berlin, Kino Krokodil, the Upper Silesian Museum and the German Culture Forum for Eastern Europe two cinematic highlights of the 2018’s FFC section Regio: Silesia are part of the programme of 14th FilmPolska: THE BEADS OF ONE ROSARY (Kazimierz…
In co-operation with the Finále Plzeň Film Festival and the Czech-German Future Fund the FilmFestival Cottbus presents the section “German Cinema” at this year's 32nd edition of the festival (April 11-16, 2019).  The section with four long feature and documentary films as well as four short films was curated by the FFC Programme Department. Particular emphasis of the section is the current relevant political discourses in…
This year the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be celebrated. On this special occasion and with the thematic focus „Everything remains different – the wild 90s“ the FilmFestival Cottbus and goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden (April 10-16, 2019) take a look at the cinema of the 1990s. goEast shows six films that make it possible…
In co-operation with the Film Festival Cottbus, connecting cottbus and the Medienboard Berlin- Brandenburg the international audiovisual industry event “Meeting Point – Vilnius” (April 2-4, 2019) invites to the panel „Bridging the gap – European cinema between festival and audience film”.   With moderator Bernd Buder (FFC Programme Director), the panelists Andrė Balžekienė (Cinema "Pasaka", exhibitor), Alessandro Gropplero (head of the co-production market When East Meets…
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