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 mostly cannot be seen in The Netherlands. The film program includes feature films, documentaries, shorts, and animations; most of the selected films are Dutch premieres. Each year the film program is accompanied by numerous side events, designed to educate, engage and initiate new partnerships. The presence of prominent guests, directors, actors, producers, and their direct communication with the audience makes ENFF an inspiring event for every participant and cinema-goer. Through the screened films, thematic debates, masterclasses, and exciting encounters with our guests, the festival creates a cultural arena where people can come together, engage, discuss and enjoy high-quality cinema.

Our 15th edition will be held in November 2023 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

ENFF New Talents Competition 

We invite filmmakers or artists with their debut film to compete for an Audience Award (€1000). This can be your first film after graduating or the film you developed while still at school – something you consider your first film!  

The films can be of any genre up to the length of 30 minutes, including credits. Films should be produced or co-produced in Eastern and Southeastern European countries. We also invite makers from The Netherlands, with roots in the above mentioned region. The films produced in The Netherlands should be narratively or conceptually linked to the Eastern and Southeastern European countries.  


The submitted films must have been finished no earlier than January 2022. 

Accepted screening formats: DCP, Quicktime

Submissions are open from 20th of April – 15th of August 2023



Early Bird deadline: 1st of June (5 euros).

Regular deadline: 15th of July (10 euros).

Late deadline: 15th of August (15 euros).

For more questions feel free to contact us via shortfilm@enff.nl