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The Tbilisi International Film Festival will take place for the 18th time from 4th  to 10th of December. The renowned festival in the Georgian capital presents an extensive program in 13 sections, from the European feature film competition, the “French Collection” and a presentation of contemporary Hungarian cinema to the “Horizons”, which show current trends in South American and Asian cinema, and the section "Arts",…
The Croatian film producer Ankica Jurić Tilić is part of the jury for the "European Shooting Stars" 2018. Since 1998, this initiative by the European Film Promotion (EFP) has been promoting young European actors. Every year, ten "Shooting Stars" are presented at the Berlinale. For 2018, 21 candidates from the EFP member countries are nominated. Most of the films produced by Jurić Tilić's production company…
The FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) came to a glittering conclusion on the evening of 11th November at the Stadthalle Cottbus with the awards ceremony of the 27th edition that posted record attendance of over 21,000. Polish filmmakers and actors, in particular, had every reason to rejoice. The director Anna Jadowska emerged as the triumphant winner of the Feature Film Competition with her poignant drama WILD ROSES…
Film Festivals Communicate Basic Values to Society Filmmakers and representatives of leading Eastern European film festivals came together during the 27th FilmFestival Cottbus to exchange views about their situation. The networking meeting in Cottbus with representatives from the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia is the continuation of a roundtable which had been held during the Odesa International Film Festival (14 to 21 July, 2017). The…
Unsere tagesaktuelle Galerie bietet Eindrücke des 27. FilmFestival Cottbus. Our daily updated gallery full of impressions of the 27th FilmFestival Cottbus. Oto nasza codziennie uaktualniana galeria festiwalowa, która pozwoli Państwu poczuć atmosferę 27. FilmFestival Cottbus. Zapraszamy do oglądania!    
The Catalogue of the 27th FilmFestival Cottbus is online.The Catalogue contains informations about the sections, juries and prizes and also extensive informations about all films.  Here you can read and download the catalogue: CATALOGUE - 27th Filmfestival Cottbus
Piotr Stasik's latest documentary OPERA ABOUT POLAND won the competition "Between the Seas" at the prestigious Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic. The film is running at the FFC in the section Polskie Horyzonty. It was invited to Cottbus shortly after its Polish premiere at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław in July. The impressive audiovisual essay depicts the state of…
The stories told by the film makers in their entries for the Feature Film Competition are just as diverse as the stories and cultures in Eastern Europe: regional and universal, empathetic and abstract, analytical and gripping.Twelve films from altogether 16 co-production countries: the Feature Film Competition of the 27th FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) once again reflects the best traditions of Eastern European film by demonstrating diversity…
With its U18 Youth Film Competition, the 27th FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) explores the lives of young people in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Nine feature and medium-length films from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic will compete in the U18 Youth Film Competition of the 27th FFC (7 to 12 November 2017) for the prize for Best Youth Film endowed with EUR 3,000 bestowed…
The 27th FilmFestival Cottbus (7 to 12 November) dedicates its section FOCUS Việt Nam ở châu Âu | Vietnam in Europe to the migration history of Vietnamese contract workers and their succeeding generations in Central Europe. “The story of former Vietnamese contract workers and their children and grandchildren in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic reflects several ambivalences of European migration history: they were invited…
18. October 2017

Cottbus in Szczecin

Bernd Buder, programme director of the FilmFestival Cottbus, joins the documentary film jury at this year's Szczecin European Film Festival in the Northern Polish town of Szcecin. The festival is well-known for a carefully curated program that focuses on short films that expand the artistic boundaries of their genres in various ways. In addition to artistic documentary films and regional films from West Pomerania, series…
The Riga International Film Festival will be held for the third time in the Latvian capital from 7th  to 17th  September. More than 120 films are shown in nine sections. The competition presents a cross-genre programme with films from the Baltic Sea countries - feature and documentary films which are characterized by specific, demanding artistic approaches.  Bernd Buder, programme director of the FilmFestival Cottbus, will join…
FilmFestival Cottbus cooperates again with polish filmfestival Solanin, located in Nowa Sól. The 9th issue of the Off-Festival focuses on Indieproductions from Poland, Europa and the whole world. FilmFestival Cottbus presents three movies at the festival, e.g. "MĚR" from Anne-Kathrin Rensch and Clemens Schiesko, which won 2015 a special prize at 13th FilmSchau Cottbus.
The T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław (3rd – 13th August), is among the most important Polish film festivals. Since its founding 17 years ago, the festival has succeeded in building a large audience for arthouse cinema. This year, it will take place for the first time under the artistic direction of Marcin Pieńkowski. With the LAST FAMILY (Poland 2016) and ALL THE…
Network meeting between the Odesa International Film Festival and the FilmFestival Cottbus in Ukraine At the 7th Odesa International Film Festival, a panel discussed how film festivals can invigorate civil society dialogue in Eastern Europe. The discussion was part of a network meeting that has been jointly organised with the FilmFestival Cottbus. The event is supported by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of…
The third film and theater festival in Zielona Góra ended on 15th July with the solemn award ceremony at "Palace Wiechlice". The festival, which took place in Cottbus' partner city Zielona Góra, as well as in the towns of Żary and Szprotawa, screened 31 feature films. Ten current Polish films were in competition. Committed to the work of the festivals name patron, the actor Maciej…
The Odesa International Film Festival which takes place from 14th to 222nd July ths year, is one of the most influential film festivals in Eastern Europe. This year's 7th edition is again hosting a number of international stars, among them the German actress Sibel Kekilli and the director Christian Petzold who are part of the international jury for feature films. In addition to a high-quality…
From 12th to 16th July, the "Kozzi-Cybulski-Wilhelmi" film and theater festival in Cottbus's Polish partner town Zielona Góra shows a rich programme with current Polish and German feature films as well as theater plays. The focus is on the works of the Polish actor legends Mieczysław Cybulski, Roman Wilhelmi and Maciej Kozłowski. The "German Panorama" preents five films, including the multiple winner film of the…
Bernd Buder, programme director of the FilmFestival Cottbus, takes part in the jury at this year's "Baltic Debut" film festival in Svetlogorsk. The festival in the Kaliningrad Oblast takes place for the 14th time. Nine films from the Baltic region compete for the awards for the best film, the best director and the special prize of the jury. The co-production countries are Denmark, Estonia, Finland,…
From 30th June to 8th July, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) will take place for the 52nd time. Due to its strong accent on Central and Eastern European cinema, the renowned A-Festival in the North Bohemian health resort belongs to the most important research and networking events in Cottbus’ festival calendar. In co-operation the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and connecting cottbus, the FilmFestival Cottbus invites…
This summer, the Spreewald region will be transformed to an huge Open-Air-Cinema. In cooperation with the FilmFestival Cottbus, the charitable club  “Verein für Film- und Medienpädagogik Cottbus e.V.” offers hilarious, emotional and funny European movies at different Open-Air-Locations in the Spreewald region from 3rd June to 6th October. The season started already at Hafen 2 in Lübben, with a favorite of the 23rd edition of…
The Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg (JFFB) will take place for the 23rd time from 2nd to 11th July . The FilmFestival Cottbus is proud to be a partner of this  renownedfestival for the second time. The JFFB presents not only an enormous artistic range of current films , but above all differentiated, and contradictory views on Jewish everyday life, culture and history worldwide.…
From June 5 to 12, Elvira Geppert is scouting at the 16th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj-Napoca. During the days of Romanian film, she watches the most recent Romanian films and researches latest news from one of the most creative film countries in South Eastern Europe. During the Industry Days, she will join the closed screenings which present the most current Romanian films which…
07. June 2017

Scouting in Sochi

Our curator of the Russian Day, Marcel Maïga, joins the  Filmfestival Kinotavr in Sochi from 8th to 14th of June. The most important national Russian film festival will take place for the 28th time in Sochi. The main competition shows 14 current feature films, including the debut film TESNOTA by Kantemir Balagov which won the FIPRESCU award at this year's Cannes Festival, as well as…
The Managing Board of the Kosovo Cinematography Center has appointed two evaluation juries for the projects that have applied for financial support in this year’s competition of Kosovo Cinematography Center annual bid. Buder will participate in the jury which will evaluate feature films, debutant and minor co-production and will be joined by Isa Qosja, renowned Kosovar filmmaker who has had a huge success with the…
From May 17 to 28, the international film industry will meet for the 70th time at one of the world's most important film festivals. The festival will present a few new films by cult directors and new talents from East Central and Eastern Europe - the new films by Sergej Loznitsa, Kornél Mundruczó and Andrey Zvyagintsev participate in the competition for for the "Golden Palm".…
FilmFestival Cottbus cooperates with the Neisse Filmfestival again From 9th to 14th May, the international Neiße Filmfestival take place for the 14th time. Since 2004, the Filmfestival has provided a forum for young filmmakers from Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. This year, the festival will be offering cross-border events in the triangle between those three neighboring countries, showing more than 130 feature, documentary and…
02. May 2017

FFC at FilmPOLSKA

"FilmPOLSKA", the largest Polish film festival outside Poland, will take place from 3rd  to 10th  May in Berlin for the 12th time. From the somnambolian techno-trip "All These Sleepness Nights" to the mother-daughter docudrama "You Have No Idea How Much I Love You", the festival gives an impression of the entire range of contemporary Polish cinema, from the traditionally strong documentary film to internationally acclaimes…
The trailer of the FilmFestival Cottbus 2016, "The Windmaker", runs in the competition of the 20th "Spotlight" festival in Stuttgart. The festival takes place from 4th to 6th  May. It was founded in 1998 as the "International Festival for TV spots and TV-Spots advertising film" in Ravensburg (Southern Germany). In the meantime, seven categories are being involved in various competitions: television and cinema commercials; trailers…
The FilmFestival Cottbus is one of the partners of the project "Oppose Othering" initiated by the goEast-Film Festival  in Wiesbaden. Young filmmakers from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe are traveling together in two-country teams through their countries: the aim is to cinematically engage with people with differing social, religious, cultural, ethnic origin and / or sexual identity, and to portray projects that promote solidarity,…
Under the title "German Cinema - Německe kino - German Cinema", the FilmFestival Cottbus will present a program with four German feature films and five short films at Finále Pilsen (20th to 26th April). The series was developed in cooperation with the most important national film festival of the Czech Republic and is supported by the German-Czech Future Fund. The program includes Pepe Danquart 's…
The Polish THE LAST FAMILY won the prize for the Best film at the Vilnius Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" worth 5000 Euro. Jan P. Matuszyński's portrait of the family life of the cult painter Beksiński was awarded by the jury of the competition section "New Europe - New Names", which shows feature films from Eastern Central and Eastern Europe. THE LAST FAMILY won awards for…
In its next edition, the FilmFestival Cottbus will show a country special dedicated to the film country of Belarus. A lively, independent film scene has been emerged there recently, whose work has already been successfully screened in the national competition of the Minsk "Listopad" film festival. One of the representatives is the filmmaker Vlada Senkova, whose first feature film COUNT IN ORANGES ran at the…
04. April 2017

Verstärkung gesucht

Auch wenn die Frühlingssonne gerade erst kräftig zu strahlen beginnt, wirft der 27. Jahrgang des FilmFestival Cottbus (7. bis 12. November 2017) bereits lange Schatten voraus. Zur Vorbereitung der nächsten Festivalausgabe suchen wir – zum Teil bereits ab Juni - für unser Team noch hochmotivierte, engagierte und freundliche Verstärkungen in der PR- und Marketingabteilung, der Programmabteilung und in der Gästebetreuung.  Mehr dazu findet Ihr unter…
The Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" (Lithuanian for: Spring) invites its audience and international industry representatives from the 22nd March to 6th April for the 22nd time for a trip through the international independent and arthouse cinema landscape. Over 200 films in a total of 20 sections, from family entertainment to VR films, are screened. One of the most important sections is the "New…
Sergiusz Opaliński, one of the six participants of the Polish-Czech-German student jury of the “U18” youth film competition at the FilmFestival Cottbus 2016, won the Grand Prix of the 8th amateur film festival in Cottbus'  Polish twin town Zielona Góra with his film THE POWER (MOC) at 16th March. The ‘Star Wars’ parody is about a group of students, who are supported by none other…
On 16 March, the "Short Tiger 2017" were presented by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) in Berlin. Five extraordinary short films were awarded. One of the films focusing on flight and migration came from the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf – MEINUNGSAUSTAUSCH (lit. EXCHANGE OPINIONS), directed by Sophie Linnenbaum and Sophia Bösch. The experimental documentary film tackles the fear of the Germans of the…
The public regional and municipal library C. Norwid in Cottbus' twin town Zielona Góra and the FilmFestival Cottbus have extended their long-term cooperation. The cooperation is part of the "Kozzi-Cybulski-Wilhelmi" film and theater festival that will take place from the 12th to the 16th July 2017 in Zielona Góra, Żary, Szprotawa and Wiechlice, dedicated to the work of the actors Maciej Kozłowski, Zbigniew Cybulski, Andrew…
15. March 2017

Cottbus in Sofia

Once again FilmFestival Cottbus together with connecting cottbus, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) will present an Industry Diner at the 21. Sofia International Film Festival (March 9-31). In parallel to the most important filmfestival in Bulgaria the film market Sofia meetings takes place fom March 16 to 19. Focussing on (South) Eastern Europe new feature film projects will be presented and the most recent…
The short film MĚR (Lower Sorbian for: peace) by Anne-Kathrin Schöler-Rensch and Clemens Schiesko, which was awarded the Special Prize of the Foundation of the Sorbian People at the Cottbus Filmshow in 2015, will be running at the amateur film festival in Cottbus' twin town Zielona Góra (Poland). The Cottbus Filmshow annually opens one day before the official start of the FilmFestival Cottbus, presenting the…
This Wednesday the FilmFestival Cottbus and the East-West co-production market connecting cottbus (coco) celebrated the onset of the new year at the traditional East European Brunch, held to coincide with the Berlinale, within the framework of which two awards were conferred. The event were kicked off with the conferment by Dr. Gertraude Müller-Ernstberger, director of the Munich based Agency for Film and Television Rights (GWFF),…
At this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the FilmFestival Cottbus, in cooperation with connecting cottbus, will again organize the industry meeting “East European Brunch” in the representation of the federal state of Brandenburg in Berlin.During that reception, the Slovak production student Radka Babincová will receive the scholarship grant funded by German collective society GWFF - Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten mbH, Munich. The price…
From February 3rd to 11th the International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand will be held the 39th time. Following Cannes Clermont-Ferrand not only is the largest Filmfestival in France but furthermore the place to be of the International Short Film scene. Beyond the festival programme the Short Film Market offers specific programmes of selected countries. So among others, relevant production countries for Cottbus Film Festival like…
Was das Cottbuser Festivalpublikum bereits seit längerem schätzt - nämlich die außerordentliche Qualität des osteuropäischen Filmschaffens - davon kann sich nun auch jeder Filmfreund am TV überzeugen. Der WDR zeigt am 1. Februar um 23:25 Uhr Žiga Virc` HOUSTON, WIR HABEN EIN PROBLEM! erstmals im TV. Die höchst unterhaltsame Mockumentary feierte ihre Deutschland-Premiere im Rahmen des 26. FilmFestival Cottbus im November 2016 und war einer…
Olmo Omerzus FAMILY FILM, which competed in the competition of the FilmFestival Cottbus in 2015 and was awarded the prize for the best male actor (for Karel Roden), will be released in German cinemas on 2nd February by Déjà-Vu films. The Czech-Slovenian-French-German co-production is about a well-off family in Prague - mother, father, dog and two almost grown children - whose members are put to…
20. January 2017

Cottbus in Saarbrücken

Cottbus goes West: at 25th and 28th January, FilmFestival Cottbus curator Jarosław Godlewski will present the short film program from last year's Cottbus youth film competition at the film festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken. The Polish short ADAPTATION, directed by Bartosz Kruhlik, who grew up in the Lubusz region near the Polish-German border, VIKTORIA featuring Anjorka Strechel in the lead role, and STORM CELLS,…
17. January 2017

Cottbus in Trieste

From the 20th to the 29th January, the Trieste Film Festival will be held for the 28th time. The festival in the north-eastern Italian metropolis on the border to Slovenia is dedicated to the cinema of Southeast and East Europe. This year, the Romanian director Cristi Puiu and the Russian documentary film director Vitaly Manskij are invited as honorable guests, many other directors from the…
PATHS, the first feature by Chris Miera, director of the FilmFestival Cottbus trailer 2014 which adapted that year’s focus section’s subject “queerEAST”, is shown at the Berlin Film Festival 2017. PATHS has its world premiere in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section. The drama tells about Andreas and Martin, a couple which had to realise during their first holiday since year’s, that their common emotions became…
Our partner festival goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film launched the project OPPOSE OTHERING! in 2016, with the support of Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (Foundation EVZ). Young filmmakers from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe set off together in teams of two on a journey through their respective countries. Their central objectives: to use the means of cinema to investigate misanthropic…
In the first half of the year 2017, the German Culture Forum for Eastern Europe  will repeat four films, which were shown at the FilmFestival Cottbus 2016 as part of the special "Exploring the Past: German-Polish-Czech History through the Ages".  At 13th January, there is the opportunity to see Michał Korchowiec's MORGENROT again on big screen in the Berlin cinema "Krokodil". The filmmaker travels to…
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