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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!

We are back with our second edition! We invited young filmmakers from Easterns and Southern Europe to send us their debut film to compete for an Audience Award (€1000). We were delighted by the diversity and quality of these daring films, they gave us confidence that emerging directors of current times are brave to share the most intimate stories, they don’t hesitate to speak up their political concerns, and they are in search of the poetic language of cinema.

This year we selected ten films; ten new exciting voices from Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia, Lithuania and The Netherlands.

The intimate, award-winning documentary dealing with childhood trauma My Uncle Tudor. The experimental film To Feather, to Wither, portraying the relationship between a girl and her crows. Otava, a fiction film dealing with memory and loss. The realistic fiction drama Woman, Man, Man and One More Woman reasoning relationships, monogamy and jealousy. The honest documentary Don’t Hesitate to Come for a Visit, Mom about a mother and a daughter attempting to bridge their distance through video-call. The documentary The Last Days of the Year, shows how an unexpected earthquake puts the careless winter break of a thirteen year old to the test. The documentary Long Live Death, documenting the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Bratislava. The sci-fi essay Beyond the Sea, dealing with notions of alienation. The experimental, musical documentary The Outsiders, showing groups of young men finding their voice through street basketball. The suspenseful fiction film Blind Alley, where two strangers go on what seems to be an aimless journey through the city.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite film!

Kristina Daurova & Stefan Pavlovic

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