Call for submissions – 30th FilmFestival Cottbus

    Please note:
    After our first call for submissions (March 18, 2020) due to technical problems, we have not received submissions made during March 18 - 24 March, 2020. We kindly ask those concerned to forward their confirmation of submission (sent by us) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to repeat the submission.

    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 co-production countries over the course of six action-packed days, the festival has attained the status of a must-attend global event over recent years.

    With approximately € 75,000 of prize money up for grabs, including € 49,500 solely for the three main competitions Feature Film, Short Film and Youth Film, the festival is an attractive venue for ambitious filmmakers and producers.

    Currently the festival’s call for submissions is opened. You are welcome to submit your film online: FILM SUBMISSION for the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus

    Submission deadline is the July 15th, 2020. Later entries are in exceptional cases negotiable.

    For submissions for our co-production market connecting cottbus, please visit www.connecting-cottbus.de

    Competitions at the FilmFestival Cottbus

    Feature Film Competition
    10 - 12 of the best current Central and East European feature film productions are competing for the main award. German premiere is required.

    Short Film Competition
    This competition provides an independent platform for the discovery and promotion of young filmmakers. The maximum running time of each film is 30 minutes. German premiere is required.

    U18 Youth Film Competition
    This competition offers the unique opportunity to view current films for young people (full-length and mid-length works) from Eastern Europe and neighbouring countries*.

    Other programmes we ask for submissions (German premiere preferred)

    Russkiy Den
    This programme is fully dedicated to the latest Russian productions.

    Polskie Horyzonty
    Discoveries from Poland’s vibrant film industry are presented.

    East European blockbusters and TV series that are commercially successful in their countries of origin are presented to a new audience.

    Children’s Film
    Current East European productions for the youngest viewers.

    Please find more detailed information in the regulations of the FilmFestival Cottbus: REGULATIONS FOR FILM SUBMISSION.

    For any submission or request please contact Anke Donnerstag (Programme Departement). Mail adress: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    *successor countries of the former socialist countries including Central Asia and the Baltic countries plus Finland, Greece and Turkey

    The FilmFestival Cottbus and connecting cottbus are supported by