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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!

Pitch of 5 Work in Progress Films


Most film festivals’ industry events present work in progress to film professionals and decision makers. ENFF wants to diversify these pitch sessions and provide the possibility for filmmakers to directly collaborate with their potential audience. After all, films are intended for viewers. During this unique event, filmmakers will be able to pitch their current projects, to the audience of ENFF and get direct feedback in a lively and constructive dialogue. We bring to the spotlight five new and exciting film projects in the production stage, directed by filmmakers of the Eastern and South-Eastern European origin living in the Netherlands, as well as one Dutch filmmaker dealing with a topic closely related to the SEE region.

Lidija Zelović, Bosnian/Dutch filmmaker, delves into a personal story in her new tragi comical film essay HOME ABROAD. The Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian and yet Dutch film director Zelović tries to reveal/investigate what makes a migrant life so unique while exploring this universal struggle of identity and community: is true integration possible or even something we should strive for?

Stefan Pavlović, a recent graduate from the Master of Film program in Amsterdam, born in the Netherlands to parents from Bosnia. He will present his personal documentary in development LOOKING FOR HORSES, which is about a friendship in which spoken language is not the main form of communication. Can the camera that moves between us, like verbal language, be a medium through which we practice intimacy?

THE CHANNEL, by Eliane Esther Bots, a filmmaker from the Hague, explores the experiences of three interpreters from the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and their position as a channel between speakers and listeners, witnesses and defendants, judges and attendees, and the confrontation of their own memories and emotions with the stories of opposing parties in the conflict.

During her four years living in Amsterdam, Kristina Daurova, a Russian filmmaker decides to approach her Moroccan neighbours to get to know the community. In her THE MOROCCAN TEA (working title) she tries to connect with the women in her neighbourhood over tea and conversation.

Andreea Dumitriu, Rotterdam based filmmaker from Romania, explores in BEYOND RITUALS how waiting becomes a religious experience on the streets of the Romanian city Iasi. Once a year, during the Saint Parascheva Pilgrimage, few hundred thousand pilgrims queue for up to 20 hours to pray at her shrine. It is believed the Saint makes miracles happen. A film reflecting on the desire for miracles in our lives and in Romanian society.

Pitch your project and brainstorm with the ENFF on Friday 8 November at 14:00 hours in Filmhuis Den Haag. This screening is offered free of charge. It is necessary to reserve a ticket in advance via info@enff.nl