Date: 29 June 2021 10:00-12:00 (CET): Pre-registration is required for access, details below.

YR2021 kicks off with a live panel discussion in Bratislava hosted by Film New Europe (FNE) in cooperation with the Slovak Film Institute that will also appear online as a live podcast.  It will also be available online as a video recording after the event.

The 2021 Year of Recovery for Film in Visegrad Countries (YR2021) project brings together filmmakers and cultural professionals across the V4 to cooperate in the recovery of the film industry which has been badly damaged by the COVID pandemic and to reconnect with cinema audiences across the region and across borders.

The prestigious panel of Visegrad film industry professionals will discuss COVID impacts on feature film and filming on location in the region and how to attract audiences back into cinemas. Guests from neighbouring Visegrad countries will share their common experiences and what they have learned.

Keynote panelists: 

  • (Hungary) Laszlo Kantor producer CEO Új Budapest Filmstudió and Q&A
  • (Poland) Dorota Roszkowska Arkana Studio and Q&A
  • (Slovakia) Zuzana Bieliková Film Commissioner Slovak Film Commission and Q&A

YR2021 “kick off” is the first of a year-long series of events taking place in Bratislava, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest that will include both live and online events with panels, Q&A, podcasts and overviews of the film industry and the impacts of the pandemic in each Visegrad country. 

We invite film professionals, film students, journalists, film critics, heads of film funds and film organisations and representatives of cultural organisations and creative industries to participate.

Video recording is envisaged. The Chatham House Rule will apply upon the participant’s prior notice and will be off the record.

How to participate:

Detailed Agenda of YR2021 Bratislava Kick Off Panel Live Event (Live Event numbers of participants are limited so registrations will be accepted on a first come first served basis).

Date: Tuesday 29 June 2021
10:00 -13:00 (CET)
Place: Kino Lumière
Špitálska 4
811 08 Bratislava
Slovakia

10.00-12:00    Panel discussion and Q&A live and online Followed by Networking Business  Brunch

10:00- 10:30  Networking Coffee for live participants and registration

10:30-10:35   Welcome by Anna Franklin, head of Film New Europe (FNE) and Anna Shevchenko FNE project coordinator. 

10:35 -11.00  Panel discussion Dorota Roszkowska Arkana Studio productions and Q&A

11:00-11:25   Panel discussion Zuzana Bieliková Film Commissioner Slovak Film Commission and Q&A

11:25-11:50   Panel discussion Laszlo Kantor producer Hungary and Q&A

11:50-12:00   Moderator Summing Up and Conclusions

12:00-13:00   Networking Business Brunch

The participation is free but participants should register : https://forms.gle/TVDnheoWmkVubonV9

 

YR2021 Project Partners: 

Film New Europe (Poland)
(FNE) is the main networking platform for film professionals in the CEE/Baltics region bringing together the heads of film funds/institutions in 17 CEE/Baltics countries. Its flagship publication FNE Daily is known globally as one of the leading publications for film and TV professionals and its team of professional journalists and researchers based in the region are known for their excellence as a primary source of information about the film and television industries in the region.
www.filmneweurope.com

 Visegrad Fund
The International Visegrad Fund is an international donor organization established by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). Its aim is to support closer understanding and cooperation among people in the V4 region, as well as between the V4 region and other countries and regions, particularly in the non-EU neighbourhood of the Eastern Partnership countries and in the Western Balkans. The fund does fosters the development of civil society by financing joint grant projects and by awarding university scholarships and artist residencies. The fund’s annual budget of €8 million consists of equal contributions by the V4 governments.
https://www.visegradfund.org/ 

Slovak Film Institute (Slovakia)
Slovak Film Institute (est. in 1963) is the sole national film institution in Slovakia, comprising of National Film Archive and National Cinematographic Centre. It handles producers' rights to Slovak films produced by Slovak National Studios in 1895 – 1991, and is a member of FIAF and EFP, as well as the seat of Creative Europe Desk Slovakia. The National Film Archive preserves and protects national heritage and makes it available for the public. The National Cinematographic Centre of the Slovak Film Institute is the national film promotion agency promoting Slovak films – both, classic and recent – and Slovak filmmakers internationally. The NCC provides complex information services about Slovak cinema and organizes film showcases of Slovak cinema in Slovakia and abroad.
http://www.sfu.sk/en/about-us/slovensky-filmovy-ustav 

Institute of Documentary Film (Czech Republic)
(IDF) has been supporting creative documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe since 2001. IDF provides both emerging and experienced filmmakers with training, financing, networking and pitching opportunities, helps them get international attention and co-productions, rewards the exceptional projects with Awards and further opportunities and improves their orientation on the international market.
https://dokweb.net/about-us/about-us 

MADOKE (Hungary)
The Hungarian Documentary Association (HDA) was founded in 2019. The main aim of the organisation is to represent and safeguard the interest of all parties involved in making documentary films in Hungary. Our goal is to initiate a conversation between the filmmakers, the audience and the decision makers. Apart from creating a platform for networking and  collaboration we wish to promote Hungarian documentary films both at home and abroad.
https://madoke.hu/home/ 

We are extending the film submission deadline to 47TH EKOFILM IFF 2021!

The EKOFILM International Environmental Film Festival has extended the deadline for film submissions to June 30, 2021.

If you were hesitating to submit your film to the festival and waiting until you could screen your film in the cinema, we have good news, EKOFILM 2021 will take place! You can submit your film at https://filmfreeway.com/EkoFilm-556504 and you can look forward to live screenings and Q&As with your audience in Brno from October 20 to October 23, 2021.

Here you can find the updated informatipon about the project events. 

Partisans, provinces and post-socialism - the Competition at goEast // goEast welcomes its Competition jury to Wiesbaden // Save the Date: goEast 2021 press conference

It’s less than a month until the 21st edition of the goEast festival of Central and Eastern European filmorganized by DFF - DeutschesFilminstitut & Filmmuseum (April 20th to 26th) gets underway. The festival organizers will have to show their audience almost all of the 92 festival films online this year, but with jury and press screenings in the cinema they also underline the importance of the festival as an industry event. goEast offers its broad-ranging audience the chance to experience the highlights of current Central and Eastern European film via the Competition, the centrepiece of this year’s festival. An international jury and the FIPRESCI film critic jury will be awarding the prizes. A special honor this year: the “Golden Lily”, endowed with 10,000 euros forms the main prize of the goEast Competition. 

The Competition films will made available online in cooperation with the VoD provider filmwerte. Discussions with filmmakers during the festival week will round off the Competition's programme. The recorded film talks will be available on the goEast website after the respective conversations every day from 3 p.m onwards. Press screenings of the Competition films will take place in the DFF cinema in accordance with the current COVID-19 pandemic protection regulations of the state government of Hessen. 

Partisan, Provinces and Post-Socialism - The Competition at goEast 

The Competition entries derive from the entire post-socialist area of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. They will provide the viewer a window on the current facets in partisan stories, the clash of indigenous cultures with majority societies and the contrast between rural life and big cities - and Eastern European companies. goEast will place equal focus and importance on all of the films, some of which are even German premieres, as they all equally represent the diversity of their respective production countries. 

Partisan stories are not only an important basis to Eastern European social context but traditionally in the film culture too where they even have their own partisan film genre. Contemporary partisan stories in film express, amongst other things, resistance to right-wing tendencies. In LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE (Serbia, Germany, France 2021), one of the first partisans in Serbia is accompanied on her intellectual journey into the past. Marta Popivoda's description of her resistance in the Auschwitz concentration camp make it clear that fascism is still an acute threat today. Vera Lacková, whose grandfather was also a resistance fighter that went on a personal journey to trace the history of her Roma family is still met with a lot of rejection even today. As a Roma director in the Czech Republic, she filmed her experiences in HOW I BECAME A PARTISAN (Czech Republic, Slovakia 2020). The film will celebrate its world premiere at goEast on 22 April, which the director will accompany with a podcast. With the historical partisan drama IN THE DUSK (Lithuania, France, Czech Republic, Serbia, Portugal, Latvia 2020), ŠarūnasBartas will present his latest work on goEast for the first time in Germany. In the dark story of the fight against Soviet troops in Lithuania in 1948, the director critically deals with the myth of the “forest brothers”, which has led to fierce controversy in his home country. 

An additional series of Competition entries shows the tension between indigenous cultures and majority societies. This includes the documentary LIFE OF IVANNA (Russia, Norway, Finland 2021), that shows how life in the city is indeed similar to the nomadic life of indigenous peoples that has been threatened through exclusion in post-Soviet Siberia. Power struggles among men and the resulting conflicts for the protagonists in Lapland can be seen in the Nordic Western THE LAST ONES (Estonia, Finland, Netherlands 2020), directed by VeikoÕunpuu, one of the most famous directors in all of Estonia. The award-winning director and goEast regular AdilkhanYerzhanov chose a black-humored approach to the topic in his film ULBOLSYN (Kazakhstan, France 2020). In it, the protagonist of the same name, Ulbolsyntakes action against the arranged marriage of her younger sister and thus takes a courageous stand against provincial traditions that assert themselves against military command. 

A special contrast has been made in this year’s Competition between the “hinterland” and the big city film. The urban space of Budapest in 35mm pictures is the setting for a dramatic love story in PREPARATIONS TO BE TOGETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME (Hungary 2020): After a woman gives up her medical career in the USA and returns to Budapest for her lover, the latter denies to even knowing her. Her despair becomes an ever-increasing obsession of love. In contrast, family encounters in rural areas emerge in BILESUVAR (Azerbaijan, France 2020) and CHUPACABRA (Russia 2020). In the latter, a boy tries to escape his family problems by fleeing into a self-created fantasy world. In many rural regions, the lack of communication infrastructure continues to be a major problem. PLEASE WAIT (Austria 2020) accompanies unexpected everyday heroes: cable technicians. The documentary sheds light on this often-neglected profession and the importance of communication, without which modern life in the more rural regions of Ukraine, Moldova, Romania or Bulgaria seems almost impossible. Vitaly Suslin continues the of the black humor approach to film versus reality with PAPIER-MACHE (Russia 2020). In the film, the unlikely film hero and eternally unlucky man Ivan Lashin plays himself in a provincial drama that deals with past loan transactions. Instead of blurring reality and fiction, the real-political drama SHOULD THE WIND DROP (France, Armenia, Belgium 2020) by Nora Matrirosyan is devoted to an airport that at the centre of a political tug-of-war that ultimately determines the legitimacy of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh / Artsakh state. HOLY FATHER (Romania 2020) and ONCE UPON A YOUTH (Croatia 2020), the director Ivan Ramljak’s homage to his friend the amateur photographer Marko finally provide an intimate perspective into the filmmaker's own life. 

An additional visual contrast is opened up by the black and white films THIS RAIN WILL NEVER STOP (Ukraine, Germany, Latvia, Qatar 2020) by Alina Gorlova, that covers impressively covers the Donbas conflict and problems of refugee life in exile, and the debut film by JujaDobrachkous BEBIA, À MON SEUL DÉSIR (Georgia, United Kingdom 2020), which sends its young protagonist on an atmospheric journey into the past. 

goEast welcomes its Competition jury in Wiesbaden 

goEast is pleased to welcome international industry representatives to the Competition jury again this year. That includes the outstanding artist and director Saodat Ismailova, who has been involved in various contemporary art initiatives in Tashkent since 2020 and is actively involved in numerous film projects. Her feature film CHILLA and some of her more experimental works will be shown at this year's symposium. Producer and filmmaker VoliaChajkouskaya (including THE ROAD MOVIE) from Belarus is not only the founder of her own production company, but also the second largest film festival in her home country, “Northern Lights” in Belarus. The documentary filmmaker Thomas Heise is a member of the European Film Academy and lectures at several universities in the field of film and television. He has received several awards for his documentaries, including the German Documentary Award for HEIMAT IS A ROOM FROM TIME (Germany 2019). Also participating is the award-winning actress, director and Roma activist Alina Dieerban, who represented her home country Romania in Cannes in 2018 and won the German Acting Award in 2020 for her film GYPSY QUEEN (Germany, Austria 2019). Film critic Jay Weissberg has been writing for the American magazine Variety since 2003 and has extensive experience as a jury member at film festivals. Since 2015 he has been the artistic director of the Silent Film Festival in Pordenone. The Competition jury will, as far as possible, view and evaluate all Competition films in the Caligari FilmBühne. 

Save the Date: goEast 2021 press conference 

Don't miss out: the annual press conference in the run-up to the festival will take place this year in the form of a video conference on April 16th at 11 a.m. Early registration is requested. The dial-in data will be sent in advance in a separate notification. 

Please also take the opportunity to get festival accreditation April 12th. You can find the registration under: Accreditation 

During the festival period, an online media library with almost all of the films originally planned will be available to accredited trade visitors and representatives of the press. 

You can find images related to the festival and festival programming in our download section.

Here you can access the complete programme for the 21st edition of goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film. 

goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film is hosted by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum and made possible with the support of numerous partners. Primary funding partners are HessenFilm und Medien GmbH, the State Capital Wiesbaden, Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, BHF BANK Foundation, Adolf und Luisa Haeuser-Stiftung für Kunst und Kulturpflege, Renovabis and Deutsch-Tschechische Zukunftsfonds. Media partners include 3sat, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

 

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