This year we introduce our first ever competitive program! Eastern Neighbours Film Festival invited young filmmakers with their first or second film after school to compete for an Audience Award (€1000).

We were delighted to receive a total of 83 submissions from all over Eastern and South Eastern Europe. We were truly impressed by the great quality and variety of films.

The final selection consists of 8 films: the black-and-white poetic essay BOUNDARIES from Belarus; the experimental video work NUIT (Austria/Poland); a dark comedy from Russia – CREW 3,14; two family stories from Poland – CAMOUFLAGE and BORDER CROSSING; the observational documentary THEN COMES THE EVENING from Serbia; a neighbourhood story COMMUNITY GARDENS from Lithuania and a musical poem situated in the Chernobyl area – PRIPYAT PIANO from Czech Republic.

Watch these beautiful films from 1 – 8 November and vote for your favourite one on our social media! The films will be accessible for the viewers in The Netherlands only – don’t miss this chance!

And last but not least, we will hold two moderated zoom discussions with the filmmakers on November 6 & November 7, which will be free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more information. We hope to see you soon!

Kristina Daurova & Stefan Pavlovic