30th FilmFestival Cottbus postponed to December 8th – 13th, 2020

    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 available on the festival website from December 8th to 31st, 2020.

    "We are postponing the FFC by five weeks, and our programme and schedule will be complete and also coincide in the weekdays from December 8th to 13th, 2020," says Andreas Stein, managing director of FFC organiser pool production. "We would like to enable our audience to attend the festival in the cinemas of Cottbus, naturally in compliance with all hygiene measures that serve to protect the health of our visitors. The postponement of the attendance events to a period after the recently announced decision of the Federal Government is our contribution to enriching cultural diversity in these special times. The nationwide streaming offer will then be available on the festival website from December 8th to 31st, 2020."

    Information on FFC tickets 
    Tickets purchased for screenings from November 3rd to 8th, 2020 remain valid for the new festival period from December 8th to 13th, 2020. The same applies to the streaming offer, which will be available on www.filmfestivalcottbus.de from December 8th to 31st, 2020.
    Those who are unable to attend film screenings in the venues on the newly fixed date of the 30th FilmFestival Cottbus have the opportunity to return their ticket. The purchase of tickets for cinema screenings as well as for the streaming offer of the newly scheduled 30th FilmFestival Cottbus is possible again from Monday, November 16th, 2020. 

    The East-West co-production market connecting cottbus will take place as planned on November 4th to 6th, 2020 and exclusively online.

    About the FilmFestival Cottbus
    The 30th FilmFestival Cottbus will take place in a dual format: in Cottbus from December 8th to 13th, 2020 and nationwide online from December 8th to 31st, 2020. In four competitions and numerous side sections, the FFC will show approximately 200 films competing for prizes with a total value of 72,000 Euros and the prestigious sculpture prize LUBINA (Sorbian: the Lovely). For the first time, not only the laureates of the Feature Film Competition, but also the winners of the Short Film and the U18 Youth Film Competitions, will be honoured with the LUBINAs. Over 22,000 spectators have visited the Festival of Eastern European Film in Cottbus over the last few years. The 30th FFC is significantly supported by the State of Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, the City of Cottbus, the German Foreign Office and the Creative Europe MEDIA Program of the European Union.