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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!

New Talents Competition

The New Talents Competition is back with our third edition! We invited young filmmakers from Eastern and Southern Europe to send us their debut film to compete for an Audience Award (€1000). Yet again we are thrilled by the emerging directors’ curiosity towards the world. The world is changing and the young makers feel that as no one else. They reflect on the past events and dream about a better future, they switch perspectives and search for new protagonists, they discover intimate stories and try unexpected ways of storytelling.

This year we selected 8 films from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Poland, Lithuania and Hungary. You can see them at Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Filmhuis Den Haag between 23 – 27 November.

The drama Branka reveals a shocking story that happened at a maternity ward of a state hospital in 1991 Yugoslavia. Going Diaspora tells about ​​a young man who leaves Bosnia in search for a better life; and the film gives a reminder about the power of farewell. The documentary Prisoner by two Polish filmmakers is inspired by cinéma-vérité and it’s about one extraordinary night with an ex-convict on the streets of Vancouver. Songs From the Backyard takes a new gaze on a penitentiary center and leads an intimate conversation with one of the workers there. An honest story we all can relate to – Burnout from Serbia deals with a question – is it possible to escape from oneself? Two mothers learn to let go of each other in order to grow, in the Lithuanian fiction short Mothers. The Devil, a dark and satirical real life parable from Poland elaborates on the strength of faith. A touching story of mother and daughter, Somali descendants, who finally became Hungarians yet have not found an answer to the question: what is home, in Hooyo, Why Here?

See you at Filmhuis Den Haag, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite film!

Kristina Daurova & Stefan Pavlovic