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    • New Talents Open Call
      Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) began in The Netherlands in 2008 with the idea to offer Dutch and international audiences a unique glimpse into the cinema of their neighbors from Eastern and Southern Europe. This annual event presents the most recent, exciting, and thought‐provoking films, from countries with small, but often powerful film industries, that… Read more: New Talents Open Call
    • ENFF 2023 On Demand!
      Unable To attend the festival in person? No problem! From November 27th to December 3rd, we’re thrilled to bring you a curated selection of this year’s films available for online viewing! Catch our captivating Opening Film Ivan’s Land, or the touching Closing Film Seventh Heaven. Or explore a collection of shorts from the New Talents Competition! Follow along… Read more: ENFF 2023 On Demand!
    • What’s up in Slovak Cinema? A conversation with Monika Lostakova
      We talked with Monika Lošťáková about contemporary Slovak cinema.
    • ENFF and the Eastern European Film Festival Network!
      The Eastern European Film Festival Network brings together five film festivals dedicated to promoting and showcasing Eastern European cinema, alongside one partner organisation.
    • Masterclasses
      Through these masterclasses we approach two memory in film from different angles: memories from a personal or collective recollection through archive material.
    • Work in Progress
      In Work in Progress, emerging filmmakers and artists will present their works in development to the audience and engage in discussions with Dutch experts.
    • Festival Timetable Available!
    • Check out the catalogue for our 2023 edition!
    • Music at ENFF
      Every year, ENFF brings special musical guests who bring beauty to the program and further represent the rich cultures of their countries to a Dutch audience.
    • Film Marathon
      Join us for the Film Marathon, a new concept in which we merge two components, Short Films, Big Stories, and New Talents Competition into a whole-day screening of short films!

ENFF On Tour in Rialto, Amsterdam: Once Were Humans

A relevant and dramatic European contemporary story (NL Premiere) Once Were Humans by talented Goran Vojnovic and with the appearance of brilliant actors from the whole region – from Slovenian Marusa Majer and Boris Cavazza to Bosnian Moamer KasumovicJasna ZalicaEmir Hadzihafizbegovic to Italian Francesco Borchi. The film is part of our focus program – New Vibrant Slovenian Cinema.

Join us at Rialto for the small reception hosted by the Slovenian Embassy and enjoy Slovenian typical drink and famous Slovenian snack- potica (delicious walnut cake). We will also have wine tasting of Slovenian wine by AndereWijn company.

Screening: 16th October, 15:00 hours | Rialto | Ceintuurbaan 338, 1072GN Amsterdam

Desperate to resolve their financial troubles, two friends and business partners get involved in the shady business. A film about humanity and the still pressing issue of refugees and migrants in Europe.


Leo, an Italian, and Vucko, a Bosnian, both live in Slovenia and are business partners. They own a restaurant where Leo’s ex-wife works. Leo has a son to support and Vucko, a former refugee, lives with his sick mother. Their troubles begin when the bank refuses to give them the loan to renovate the restaurant. Unable to repay the debt, and faced with losing the restaurant, they go to a swindler Gianni who makes them an offer: steal his truck so that he can get insurance money, and later pay them their share. Under the darkness of night, Leo steals the truck at gunpoint, but they soon realise it is the wrong one. This one is full of migrants. What are they going to do with them? Leo’s and Vucko’s humanity is put to the test and hard decisions need to be made. A great performance from a team of mixed Slovenian and Bosnian actors.

Original Title: Nekoc so bili ljudje Country: Slovenia Year: 2020 Length: 89 min Director: Goran Vojnovic Editing: Ivor Ivezic Cinematography: Milos Srdic Cast: Francesco Borchi, Moamer Kasumovic, Marusa Majer, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, Boris Cavazza, Jasna Zalica Production: Bostjan Ikovic – Arsmedia; MB Grip, NuFrame, Studio 100, Apapaja Subtitles: English Dutch Premiere

Andere Wijn
Slovenia Ministry of Culture
Slovenian Film Center