Years running: 18 (since 2001)


Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden.


Founded in 2001, this festival of Central and Eastern European films forms a most promising supplement to the more traditional Cottbus Film Festival, which takes place approx. six months later. Thanks to close connections to the German Film Institute (Deutsches Filminstitut) in Frankfurt, the organizers have very profound background information at their disposal. In addition to the competition section and its three awards, the symposium and the retrospective, the student film sidebar also attracts extensive PR and media attention. Directors are invited directly by the festival, which covers travel and accomodation costs.


  • Award for Best Film
  • Award of the city of Wiesbaden for Best Director
  • Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity
  • International Film Critic's Awards (FIPRESCI-Prize) for fiction feature AND documentary films



  • Films from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe including the republics of the former Soviet Union as well as co-productions with substantial participation from these countries (goEast countries).
  • The date of completion must be after 1 January 2016.
  • No distribution or TV-broadcasting in Germany before the time of the festival.
  • Submission is to be made via Filmfreeway

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.




Official website



Schaumainkai 41
Frankfurt, Hesse 60596

Phone: +49.611.236 843.10


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    August 16, 2017
  • Deadline Main Competition
    December 31, 2017
  • Notifications
    March 16, 2018
  • Event dates
    18 — 24 April 2018
Categories & Fees

Feature films: minimum length of 70 minutes.

  • Deadline Main Competition — free

Documentaries: minimum length of 30 minutes.

  • Deadline Main Competition — free
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