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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!

Film & Class

The ENFF strives to get the audience in the Netherlands acquainted with the cinema and culture of the Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Every year we screen engaging and relevant feature fiction and documentary films, offer masterclasses and encounters with film directors, actors and producers. The Festival offers opportunities for schools and universities to participate in the Festival’s program and all the events for reduced rates.

Our carefully curated educational program is called Film & Class. The goal of this program is to spread film culture and knowledge among young audience about history, culture and lifestyle of the South East and East European countries by showing them contemporary thought-provoking films and engaging them in lively discussions with filmmakers. We also provide a film reader with additional information for teachers as a guide to help initiate a vibrant film discussion in the classroom.

In the past three years, the ENFF has collaborated successfully with several schools and universities in The Netherlands, namely HKU (Utrecht), UvA (Amsterdam), Webster University (Leiden), European School of The Hague, Haarlem College and Arnhem Business School with many different educational activities taking place at several locations. Their positive feedback and enthusiasm for more was proof that the education segment of the Festival will continue to grow and develop. Encouraged by previous years’ successes and recognising the importance of educating younger audience, we move on into 2018 edition with three engaging documentaries.

Interested in bringing students at the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival’s educational programme? Contact us via education@enff.nl


This year’s Film & Class film is incredibly touching and personal documentary My Own Private War by Lidija Zelovic, award-winning Amsterdam-based filmmaker. A must-see for anyone who wants to learn more about their own place in the world. Dwelling into her own past and conflicting accounts of the war within her family, Zelovic’s film tells us a much wider story than just one about how war in Bosnia changed her life for good. Searching for the truth, coming to terms with the past and finding a way to move forward is what Zelovic is trying to achieve during her difficult but liberating personal journey. The detailed film reader for this Dutch TV film will be provided free of charge.

Screening Time: Thursday 8 November & Friday 9 November | Filmhuis Den Haag


Part of this year’s Film & Class programme is an engaging documentary Titita by renowned Hungarian director Tamas Almasi. A deeply humane story about the chance for a better life of a young Roma-boy with great musical talent. Anti is selected for at prestigious guitar summer school, and hereby given an unexpected opportunity to break out from his seemingly predestined life. A moving coming-of-age documentary awarded with Special Jury Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival in 2015. The detailed film reader is available.

Screening Time:
Thursday 8 November | 09:00 hours | ‘T Hoogt, Utrecht
Friday 9 November | 12:00 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag


Celebrating the European Day of Languages, annually on September 26th, ENFF organises an exciting film and language program for high school students. We learn about languages through the medium of cinema, telling stories of different cultures, exciting backgrounds, trying to notice the distinctive sounds of a certain language, melody and linguistic belonging. Through carefully selected four short films from Eastern Europe and a lecture from a distinguished linguist and professor Radovan Lucic from the University of Amsterdam, youngsters will be introduced to Eastern European languages and learn more about them. Free admission for students.

Screening Time: Friday 9 November | 15.00 – 16.30 hours | Het Nutshuis, The Hague

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