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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: Romania 10 Years Later

In past ten years Romania changed significantly. Since the country became a member of the European Union in 2007, its post-communist process of change speed up and became harsher. It was difficult for the people to adjust to this new reality. But Romanian citizens still stand by the necessity of the EU partnership and European values. In some sectors of the economy the structural changes imposed from Brussels were intense. For some groups – such as farmers – they were even the end of life as they knew it. But however painful, unfair, or even absurd some of the concrete measures have been, it is an ongoing process of bringing Romania into a present that is larger than its own borders.

Looking back, this was a time when the country changed at a slow pace, while its cinema became the respected New Romanian Cinema. This type of filmmaking is generally assimilated to narratives and aesthetics defined as social realism with a pinch of dark humour. Established authors like Mungiu, Puiu, Muntean or Porumboiu, have set the standards high with films that generally tackled heavy themes of the Ceausescu and post-Ceausescu era. And they did it in an exceptionally profound, original and touching manner, ringing upon Romanian a level of overwhelming international recognition and praise. Their work opened a path now taken by new voices, a so-called second wave of filmmakers. They produced films that often reflect the new realities of current Romania. And it’s precisely a selection of such films that we are excited to have the opportunity to show at ENFF: a glimpse at what today’s Romania is like through it’s fresh, new cinema.

Curated by Corina Burlacu