Cottbus is one of the festivals founded in East-Germany after the end of the GDR. Based on the GDR film movement, the Cottbus film festival has developed into one of the most important crossroads between the East European and the West European feature film industries in all of Europe, and is regarded in Germany the best place to meet up with representatives of Eastern European film. Guests from 30 countries and numerous premieres make Cottbus a major event for many distributors, cinema operators and buyers. In 2001 a board of trustees was founded to ensure further development; the festival's Honorary President is István Szabó. Within the framework of the festival «Connecting Cottbus» was established as a forum of the film industry to encourage contacts and the co-development of projects between East and West. In addition: workshops, roundtable talks, exhibitions, concerts.
Feature Film Competition:
Short Feature Competition:
U18 German-Polish Youth Film Competition:
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Selection Media Type: DVD or Link
Screening Media Type: 35 mm, DCP
Audio language: original
Subtitles language: English and/or German
National premiere required.
Jury and Organizers
Director — Roland Rust
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East European short length films (including documentary and experimental works of a feature film nature) with a running time of no more than 30 minutes.
East European feature length films (including documentary and experimental works of a feature film nature) with a running time of no less than 50 minutes.
German − Polish − Czech Youth Film Competition. Alongside feature-length films this programme section is also open to medium length works with a running time of between 30 and 50 minutes.