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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!

In Focus – Croatia

Croatian cinema is passing through an intensive, exciting period of change and generational transition. The old guard of accomplished directors continues bravely depicting predominantly politically relevant topics. In contrast, a new generation of mainly female directors deals with inner drama within family or gender specificities, bringing new voices and fresh cinematic approaches.

This new generation of Croatian directors has already left their mark on the European film scene. Awards, like the Palm d’Or in Cannes, prizes from Berlinale, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Sarajevo, EFA, Pula and Motovun FF are all underlining the quality of the upcoming future masters.

Especially female authors a.o. Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, Sonja Tarokic, Tiha Gudac, Vedrana Pribacic, Lana Baric, Dubravka Turic, just to name a few upcoming stars, as well as several enormously potent and successful producers such as Ankica Juric Tilic and Zdenka Gold, marked the European film scene. One of the latest successes is the thriller The Uncle created by a male duo of debut directors David Kapac and Andrija Mardesic. It lucidly explores, in Croatia, a rarely taken-up genre of dark psycho-thriller with a marvelous set of actors (Goran Bogdan, Ivana Roscic) led by veteran Miki Manojlovic.

Croatian local topics in skillfully made documentaries are successfully crossing borders, getting admiration and awards abroad, screened at IDFA, Hot Docs Toronto, Sheffield, Sarajevo etc. The latest accomplishment is the nomination of the film Bigger Than Trauma by the female duo Pribacic/Puhlovski for the prestigious Spanish Goya Awards 2022. One of the latest successes is also a short surreal poetic horror by Ante Zlatko Stolica.

We are bringing in this Focus program thirteen fiction features, documentaries and shorts. Many of which are debut works of talents whose names will soon be writing the history of world cinema.

Only at the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Filmhuis Den Haag between 23 – 27 November.

The program is supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC).