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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!

Warming Up, On Tour in Rotterdam: So What’s Freedom

Sunday 26 September | 17:15 hours | KINO | Gouvernestraat 129 – 133, 3014 PM Rotterdam

While we are preparing the 2021 edition for November, we are staring with our On Tour program. Don’t miss the award winning Romanian film SO, WHAT’S FREEDOM? at KINO Rotterdam! This is a story of love and survival against the background of the gruesome Romanian ’50s. When one gives up fear, one finds freedom, even when in confinement. Romanian director Andrei Zinca has sent us a special video introduction – check it out here!


During a wedding in Herculane, a history teacher is violently arrested by the communists. Alongside his wife and seven other people, they are forced to take a freight train, destination unknown, together with thousands of other scared people. The film follows the group into their solitary confinement in the middle of a wasteland for several years. Featuring a remarkable on-screen group performance by some of the most extraordinary actors in current Romanian cinema.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

South East European FF Los Angeles, 2021 – Honorable Mention, Audience Award | Sedona IFF, 2021 – Audience Award | Santa Monica IFF, 2020 – Jury’s Honorable Mention | Transilvania IFF, Cluj-Napoca, 2020 – Audience Choice Award for Best Romanian Film

Original title: Si atunci, ce e libertatea? Country: Romania Year: 2020 Length: 133 min Director: Andrei Zinca Editing: Edith Weil Cinematography: Tudorel Vladimir Panduru Cast: Radu Iacoban, Iulia Lumanare, Cuzin Toma, Olimpia Melinte, Tunde Skovran Production: Calin Papura – Tica Trade SRL; Andrei Zinca – Double 4 Studios Subtitles: English