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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 – Slovakia

Slovak cinema has a rich history, but it began to develop much later than other national cinemas in Europe. So, we can still say that Slovak cinema is quite young. During the years, Slovak cinema has been heavily influenced by the political situation. The closure of Koliba Film Studios in the early 90s profoundly impacted the Slovak cinema industry. And it took years to start the film industry again. One of the main points was the formation of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund in 2010. Thanks to that Slovak film has experienced an “intense boom” in recent years – there are a lot of young, interesting authors, and genre experiments. It has also opened up to foreign countries, and several films are created as co-productions – not only as majority but also as minority co-productions. At the same time, many Slovak films premiered at major festivals such as Venice (107 Mothers, Victim, Photophobia) or Berlinale (Notes from Eremocene, Servants, Mimi). 

The selection of Slovak films that will be a part of the Eastern Neighbours festival programme is proof of the diversity of Slovak cinema nowadays. From Teodor Kuhn’s debut feature-length film By a Sharp Knife inspired by true events; experimental animation combined Slovak tradition and PC games Criss Cross; a well-made documentary work of one of the main figures of Slovak documentary film – Robert Kirchhoff about an important person of our history Alexander Dubcek; or fresh new talents with short films such as Dominika Kovacova, Alica Bednarikova, and many others. I believe that this small “taste of Slovak cinema” will revive your interest, because Slovak film is alive and something worth watching.

Monika Lostakova