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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

The Investigator (2022)

In our program Documentaries Open Debates, we present relevant documentary films that gauge the social climate. The documentaries in this series offer in-depth reflections on pressing issues in Eastern Europe.

Sometimes serious, but also humorous, documentaries offer new perspectives on reality. King Lear: How We Looked For Love During The War (2023) unfolds as a story of resilience and unity. After thousands find refuge in Western Ukraine when Russia invades Ukraine, a local director decides to involve displaced people in making his dream come true – performing the play King Lear. Guest: director Dmytro Hreshko.

What is the work of a war crime investigator? Vladimír Dzuro, the main character of the documentary The Investigator (2022), is the only Czech investigator who has worked for the ICTY. An extensive Q&A with the protagonist will be led by Prof. Petr Kopecký of Leiden University.

El Shatt – A Blueprint for Utopia (2023) reveals a fascinating, rarely-known story from Croatia. This important documentary combines archival footage with testimony from a former Yugoslav refugee camp in the Egyptian desert, made by Ivan Ramljak, IFFR Rotterdam programmer.