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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!

Close up – Ukraine

It has been nine months since Ukraine was attacked and dragged into a horrible war for freedom and independence in which the whole nation is bravely fighting and resisting. From day to day, week to week, the war becomes more and more brutal: cities are torn down to the ground, and people are left homeless. Some became our neighbours here in The Netherlands, some elsewhere abroad or are displaced in Ukraine. However, all of them long to go home and build their free country.

Directed by Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky, our closing film Freedom on Fire – Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, reveals the terrifying Ukrainian survival struggle. A different reality of contemporary Ukraine is revealed in the debut feature documentary of young Ukrainian director Marta Smerechynska Diary of a Bride of Christ. It is a compelling, intimate story that reflects contemporary Ukraine from a less-known angle. Shot inside a monastery where the director investigates the question of why her young sister and her peers have left their families to become nuns. This deeply personal film explores the intricate ties within sisterhood: biological versus religious sisterhood.

Next to the films, we are also presenting three Ukrainian works in progress, all directed by female authors. The aim is to bring them one step forward in their process, to give them visibility, and honest and constructive feedback that might be instrumental in the finishing part of their creative process. Moderated by Margje de Koning, director of Movies that Matter.

Support these movies and their directors by visiting the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival at Filmhuis Den Haag between 23 – 27 November.