Every year in April, goEast transforms State Capital Wiesbaden into one of the most important international centres for Central and Eastern European cinema. Around 100 feature films, documentaries and short films, covering the seven sections of the festival, will be screened to appeal to both professional visitors and local cinema audiences alike over the seven festival days. As a project of Deutsches Filminstitut, goEast has dedicated itself to the task of bringing the diversity and richness of Central and Eastern European cinema into “the heart of the West” and reinforcing these films’ place in public consciousness. In spite of critical success at international festivals, Central and Eastern European films are still under-represented in regular cinemas.
goEast sees itself as a builder of bridges on many levels. Hand-picked programmes connect the various topics: from current cinematic positions to historical rarities, from experimental to art-house and mainstream, all made in Central and Eastern Europe. The festival sees its work always within the context of refined debates on film aesthetics, socio-political and film-theoretical topics. goEast has the function of a dialogue forum between East and West, but also as a protagonist and disseminator for creative interaction, all of which can be seen in panels and workshops, lectures and film discussions and in the cooperation with other cultural and societal institutions. Particularly the up-and-coming generation within the industry shall profit from goEast. Numerous possibilities for networking, exchange and training are offered within the scope of the East-West Talent Lab and the projects Young Filmmakers for Peace and OPPOSE OTHERING!.
goEast receives around 400 professional visitors and more than 10,000 cinema visitors annually.

> Golden Lily 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

> Open Frame Award


1. goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film aims at increasing the international audience's awareness for film-cultural developments in Central and Eastern Europe, and it will facilitate international contacts between filmmakers, thus raising international dialogue, understanding and cultural integration. goEast is organized by Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF (Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt).
2. The 19th goEast Film Festival will take place in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 10.04. to 16.04.2019. The festival presents current film productions – feature films as well as documentaries – from countries in Central and Eastern Europe (* eligible countries see below) as well as co-productions with decisive contributions from those countries. The films will be shown in competition, out of competition and in special programmes.
3. Films must meet the following criteria for entering the competition:
* Feature films: 35mm, DCP, minimum length of 70 minutes. Exceptions require an authorization of the festival
* Documentaries: 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray, minimum length of 60 minutes.
* Production year: 2018 or 2019.
* No distribution or TV-broadcasting in Germany before the time of the festival.
4. A selection committee chooses films for competition. The selection process will not be public and there is no legal right to enter the competition.
5. The management of the festival appoints an independent international jury. The jury will decide about awards and prices. The jury's decision is final, and the jury does not need to justify their decisions.The awards: Golden Lily for Best Film (10,000 euro), Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 euro). Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euro). The award money for the Golden Lily Award, will be paid out to the film producer. In case more than one co-producer from Central or Eastern Europe (s. list of eligible countries) is attached to the film, the prize money will be split proportionally between the parties. Co-producers from other countries will not receive prize money. The Award of the City of Wiesbaden and the Award of the Federal Office for Cultural Diversity are paid out to the film directors.
6. After a film's entry into competition has been publicly announced, a withdrawal of the film is no longer possible.
7. Films will only be screened in original language with English subtitles. Selected feature films in competition may be translated into German. The production of German subtitles is the responsibility of the festival.
8. The Festival acknowledges that for each film the international regulations authorize a total of no more than three screening.
9. The deadline for entering feature films and documentaries is 31.12.2018. By then the selection committee must have received: an online link, a completed entry form with all attachments. Submission via Filmfreeway is also possible. The right holders of selected films are requested to send a DVD of the film to the festival office.
10. A print of the film is to be sent only after an official invitation has been received. The film print must arrive at least 10 days before the festival starts.
11. Unless negotiated otherwise, the participants have to cover the costs for transport, insurance and customs.
12. The festival covers the insurance of the film prints while they are on location in Wiesbaden, from their arrival until they are given back to the shipper.
13. Only the rights holder or his representative can enter a film. With your film's registration, you confirm to hold the rights and/or have permission to represent the rights holder in the competition of the 19th goEast Film Festival.
14. The festival requests that a DVD of the film is deposited in the festivals archive.
15. Entering a film means the acceptance of the festival's regulations.
16. The management of the festival is authorized to change the festival's regulations in special cases but only in accordance with the International Regulations.
17. The festival's legal domicile is Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

goEast countries:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan