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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…
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 director of the festival trailer Axel Ranisch has been connected with the FilmFestival Cottbus for many years: He already hosted the opening event of the FFC and shot his first festival trailer already in 2008 as a directing student at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. The allrounder also wrote novels, made numerous films and wrote opera productions. In the midst of preparing several…
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…
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2019 + FFC reglement with new eligible countries   Cottbus looks for new feature and short films from Eastern, East Central and South Eastern Europe    From November 5 to 10 November 2019 the 29th edition of the FilmFestival Cottbus is scheduled to take place. Featuring a total of up to 180 films from more than 30 countries over the course of six action-packed days, the…
The FilmFestival Cottbus and the „Kozzi Film Festiwal. Festiwal Filmu i Teatru“ in Cottbus' Polish twin town Zielona Góra have extended their long-standing cooperation.  The main focus is on the cooperation within the framework of this year's festival edition "Kozzi-Czyżewska-Fijewski". FFC and Kozzi, which is organised by the Public Regional and City Library C. Norwid in Zielona Góra, have agreed mutual consulting on artistic ideas,…
As part of the East European Brunch of the FilmFestival Cottbus and the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus, Larisa Glebova from Russia received the 4,500 EUR prize of the Münchener Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film und Fernsehrechten mbH (GWFF).Larisa Glebova is a production student at the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television. She is a producer of BEDROOM TOWN (Director: Stanislav Malkov), which was…
The FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) and the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) celebrated the official start of a new festival year with their traditional East European Brunch at the 69th Berlinale. The international industry meeting serves as stage for presenting the GWFF Promotion Prize and the Special Pitch Award, as well as a preview of the upcoming 29th edition of the festival (5 to 10…
On January 22nd, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 91st Oscars nominations. The Polish film COLD WAR by Paweł Pawlikowski – opening film at the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus and winner of two awards (Audience Award and “From Cottbus to Cinema” – Distribution support prize for a festival film) – has the chance to win an award in three categories: Best foreign…
At the 31st European Film Awards awards ceremony on Dec 15, 2018 in Seville Paweł Pawlikowski's film COLD WAR won the European Film Prize in the categories Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actress (for Joanna Kulig). In mid-November, the European Film Academy also announced the prize for Best Editior (for Jarosław Kamiński). COLD WAR was the opening film of the 28th FilmFestival…
The European Film Promotion (EFP), the pan-European network for the promotion of European films and talent, has announced the European Shooting Stars 2019. Three of the ten freshly nominated actresses and actors, will be well known to the audience of the FilmFestival Cottbus: Blagoj Veselinov, Milan Marić and Dawid Ogrodnik, all starred in films during the last three editions of the festival. Blagoj Veselinov, Macedonia…
Save the date: The 29th FilmFestival Cottbus will take place from November 5 to 10, 2019. The Cottbus FilmShow will kick off the festival week the day before (Nov 4th). FFC Programme Director Bernd Buder and the curators of the various programme sections are already on research for the new festival year.At numerous international film festivals, the team is watching the latest works of Eastern…
During the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC), representatives of well-known Eastern European film festivals as well as film makers and journalists from the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia met in the context of the network meeting ‘Film festivals between politics and civic values’ to exchange views regarding the situation in their respective countries. The film festivals meeting at the FFC perceive themselves as social spaces within…
FEDOR'S JOURNEY THROUGH MOSCOW AT THE TURN OF THE XXI CENTURY, winner of the Main Prize of the Short Film Competition 2015, is now available at the online platform "Short of the Week". The soulfully narrated tale complemented by an absurd sense of humour and wonderful photography, accompanies the headstrong Fedor through today’s Moscow. Fedor temporarily finds home with a hitherto unknown aunt. Whilst the world…
The 28th FilmFestival Cottbus begins with the opening ceremony on November 6th at the Großes Haus of the Staatstheater Cottbus. One day before the Cottbuser FilmShow at the Filmtheater Weltspiegel will give the "little" kickoff into the festival week.  During the festival week you will find impressions of the 28th FFC right here.
AYKA wins the Main Prize for the Best Film at the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus On the evening of the 10th of November at the awards ceremony held at the festival centre Stadthalle, the winners of the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus were announced. The Main Prize for Best Film was awarded to AYKA by Russian director Sergey Dvortsevoy. Ivan I. Tverdovskiy won the Special Prize for Best…
Wettbewerb Spielfilm | Feature Film Competition  Hauptpreis für den besten Film | Main Prize for Best Film AYKA | AYKA | AYKASergey DvortsevoyRussland, Deutschland, Polen, Kasachstan, China 2018 | Russia, Germany, Poland, Kazakhstan, China 2018 Der Film lässt uns durch konsistentes Erzählen, eine rastlose Kameraarbeit und intensives Spiel sehr nahe an die Protagonistin herankommen. Wir leben ihr Leben. Mit diesem dokumentarischen Ansatz überqueren wir die…
Awards of the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus go to OCTOBER from Romania, 9TH STEP from Lithuania, MEN OF DEEDS from Romania in the cocoPITCH section and GERANIUM from Turkey in cocoWIP. The 20th edition of connecting cottbus (8-9 Nov 2018), the East-West co-production market at the FilmFestival Cottbus is full underway, amidst some successful days of matchmaking and networking. During tonight’s ceremony, the award…
The section Homeland | Domownja | Domizna at the 28th FilmFestival Cottbus presents new and exciting insights into and prospects for the region of Lusatia. Two Austrians in particular contribute to this alongside regional artists. By looking into the history of Carinthian Slovenes the FFC addresses a topic that is of equal importance for Lusatia: an ethnic minority’s past during National Socialism. A world première…
22. October 2018

Trailer of 28. FFC

In this year's Festival Trailer (directed by Axel Ranisch) our FFC's award sculpture LUBINA, the lovely one,  makes a special appearance.  . . . .  
At its press conferences in Cottbus and Berlin, the FilmFestival Cottbus presents its programme for the 28th edition (Nov 6 to 11, 2018). Cinema fans can expect more than 200 films from Central and Eastern Europe, spread over four competitions and eleven further sections. Eight juries are called upon to award prizes worth around 80,000 Euro in total. "The FFC's programme creates curiosity about the…
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