Eastern Neighbours Film Festival (ENFF) has taken place in The Netherlands since 2008 and offers the Dutch and international audience in The Netherlands a unique glimpse inside the cinema of their neighbours from Eastern and Southeastern Europe. ENFF presents the most recent, exciting and thought‐provoking films from the countries with a small but often powerful film industry, that most of the time cannot be seen in The Netherlands.

Our 12th edition will be held from 4 – 15 November in The Hague. The film program includes feature films, documentaries, short films 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 with our audience and initiate new partnerships. The presence of prominent guests, actors, directors, producers and their direct communication with the audience makes ENFF a worthwhile event for every participant and cinema-goer. Through the screened films, organized classes and invited guests, the festival creates a cultural arena where people can come together, share positive messages and enjoy high quality cinema.

ENFF New Talents Competition

This year we introduce our first ever competitive section. We invite filmmakers with their first film after school that will 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 linked to the Eastern and Southeastern European countries.

The submitted films must have been finished no earlier than August 2018

Accepted screening formats: DCP, Quicktime

Submissions are open from 1st of May – 1st of August 2020.

Early Bird deadline: 1st of June (5 euros).
Regular deadline: 10th of July (10 euros).
Late deadline: 1st of August (15 euros).

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