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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 That Open Debates

Whether they talk about moral dilemmas, reveal how intimate family ties affect the success and well-being of children, give us an insight into crucial political events from a new angle or present the worlds of some closed communities, the documentaries in this section encourage thinking and change the consciousness of the viewer.

We present to you eleven documentaries worthy of everyone’s attention.

Romanian The Chalice. Of Sons and Daughters by Catalina Tesar and Dana Bunescu digs with an almost never seen insider’s view into the complex rules of the Transylvanian Roma community.  Tomasz Wolski’s 1970 is a remarkable Polish animated documentary with actual tapes of phone conversations and stop-motion animation about historical events during the 70s in communist Poland. Alexander Koridze from Georgia brings Atonal Glow, a deeply touching documentary about a 10-year-old music prodigy who does something unimaginable – impresses the director of the Berlin State Opera and becomes his protégé on his way to making history. The Hungarian documentary Paying A Visit To Fortuna by Matyas Kalman depicts an elderly couple who faces the biggest problems in their life after winning 2,5 million euros. Peculiarity of Fisherman’s Soul by Ivana Pauerova Milosevicova depicts the adventure of six good-natured Czechs on a fishing trip to the Norwegian wilderness. Brotherhood is an intimate documentary by Francesco Montagner about young Bosnian shepherd brothers whose father was convicted as an Islamic radical. Bigger Than Trauma by Vedrana Pribacic and Mirta Puhlovski brings a triumphant story about brave women who, after 25 years of silence, face the traumas of being victims of war crimes. Indexi by Zoran Kubura and Bojan Hadziabdic and Lights of Sarajevo by Srdjan Perkic are movies about two different cult rock bands from Ex – YU. Diary of a Bride of Christ by Marta Smerechynska is an intimate journey looking at the director’s sister’s life-changing decision to dedicate her life to Christ. Tiha K. Gudac explores borders and ridiculous political decisions in The Wire.