ENFF and the Eastern European Film Festival Network!
EEFFN – the Eastern European Film Festival Network – brings together five film festivals dedicated to promoting and showcasing Eastern European cinema, alongside one partner organisation. The primary objective is to enhance cooperation and collaboration between the member festivals in order to increase the visibility and impact of Eastern European Cinema across Europe.
Created on 21 October 2023, the network is comprised of the following festivals and organisations: GoEast Film Festival (Wiesbaden, Germany), BEAST International Film Festival (Porto, Portugal), Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (The Hague, Netherlands), A l’Est Film Festival (Rouen, France), CinEast Film Festival (Luxembourg) and the EU Youth Cinema: Green Deal (Vienna, Austria).
Through this initiative, the festivals will share best practices, programming strategies, and technical resources in order to enhance the quality of their respective events. They will jointly develop and implement initiatives such as film exchanges, talent development programs, and co-screenings to further promote Eastern European cinema and foster the growth of the industry in the region.
The network is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and creativity in the film industry, and to providing a forum for dialogue and exchange among filmmakers, industry professionals, and audiences from around the world. This collaboration will increase the recognition and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage and film talent of Eastern Europe. By leveraging their collective expertise, resources, and knowledge, the festivals aim to provide a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from the region to showcase their work to wider audiences.
The Eastern European Film Festival Network Award will be given out annually to feature-length films that demonstrate exceptional artistry, innovation, and impact within the Eastern European film industry. Each festival nominates a film to a shortlist, competing for the overall award. The final vote is open to a jury made up of members from each festival, reflecting the collaborative and collective spirit of the network.
Starting with the upcoming 2024 editions, the EEFFN Award will be presented through each festival within the network. The winning film will receive not only important recognition, but also a unique opportunity for screening and national distribution in the network’s member countries, which include Austria, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Portugal. The film will be granted promotional support through the partnering festivals – inclusion in their future programming, further enhancing the film’s reach and influence in the distribution and festival circuit.