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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!

Documentaries Open Debates

Important stories, new voices, relevant questions; all are to be found in our selection of documentary films. Interestingly, in several documentaries the filmmakers’ concerns are connected to the notion of belonging, in a focused and concrete sense, but also in a broader, philosophical understanding. Relevant, zestful films tackle global topics eloquently told through compelling personal stories. From the stunningly directed and shot cinéma vérité on the dire situation of wild bees, to a captivating drama on corruption at the highly competitive women’s Olympic gymnastics. From the intimate drama of children born out of war rape, to a secret Soviet experiment using nuclear radiation for the genetic modification of vegetables.

It is fascinating to observe how films about personal histories relate to events that took place in our societies, developing exciting and multi-layered narratives of universal rather than just a specific local value. However, neither of the selected films is moralizing. They simply evoke our common humanity and even when they tell stories that are very remote from our own personal experiences, they stimulate our imagination and enhance our capacity for understanding.

There is a point of departure, once you start watching these films, from where there is no way to stop till the very end. We get intrigued, curious, elevated, and inspired. The selection represents daring, brave and provocative cinema that ignites urgent questions and leaves the audience both inspired and puzzled. The films got exposure at major film festivals like Berlinale, IDFA, Hot Docs a.o., won many awards, and moreover, are opening important debates not only among their own communities but internationally as well.