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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!

Focus: Borders

Europe is going through a lot of changes, one of the most urgent issues being the arrangement of shelter for the many immigrants, especially in the Southern and Eastern European regions. Borders are being re-visited in Eastern Europe, they are purposely being built to distinguish a line between Here and There; between Us and Them.

Borders are boundaries, they are not an invitation to come and connect, they are a clear sign of limitations. They make a clear line between Those Who Belong and Those Who Don’t Belong. That is why our FOCUS this year is called BORDERS: we refer to the real borders outside and around us, borders that we confront crossing territories, but also those we encounter within ourselves, facing our inner demons, fears and disappointments. In several quite poetic and meditative films we observe how we deal with others, but also with ourselves.

Among 11 films in our FOCUS program, we present the impressive works of several newcomers but also several very exciting works by known film directors from South East Europe. Interestingly, half of the films in our program are directed or produced by female film practitioners that are more and more concurring the world of cinema in SEE part of Europe.

Confronting Borders

Borders Within Us