Every year, goEast transforms state capital Wiesbaden into one of the most important international centres for Central and Eastern European cinema. Around 110 feature fiction films, documentaries, shorts and VR-Works are screened to appeal to both professional visitors and local cinema audiences alike. As a project of DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, 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 bridge-builder 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 other programms for young talents. goEast welcomes around 400 professional visitors and around 12,000 cinema visitors annually.

MAIN COMPETITION
> 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
> Prize for Best Project

(Regulations for OPEN FRAME AWARD scroll down)
Regulations goEast 2021 – MAIN COMPETITION

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, at facilitating international contacts between filmmakers and supporting independent filmmaking in Central and Europe, raising international dialogue, understanding and cultural integration. goEast is organized by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt).

2. The 21st goEast Film Festival will take place in Wiesbaden, Germany, from April 20-26, 2021. The festival presents current film productions – feature films, documentaries as well as hybrid formats– 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:
* Formats: 35mm, DCP, minimum length of 60 minutes. Exceptions require an authorization of the festival.
* Production year: 2020 or 2021.
* No cinematic release or TV-broadcasting in Germany before the time of the festival.
* The filmmaker has to have citizenship of one of the eligible countries in Central or Eastern Europe (see list below) and/or must be a permanent resident of one of these countries.

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. The prize money will be handed out personally in cash during the festival or will be transferred via bank transfer to the account of the winner within six months after the festival.

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. The festival reserves the right to translate the selected features and documentaries in competition into German. The production of German subtitles is the responsibility of the festival.

8. The Festival assures that for each film there will be a total of no more than three screening.

9. The deadline for entering films is 31st December 2020. 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 provide a digital version (screener) of the film with English subtitles.

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 21st goEast Film Festival.

14. The festival is allowed to archive a digital version of the film and to upload the file to the media library, which usage is limited to accredited guests only, during the festival week.

15. For the purposes of festival communication (marketing and press) the submitters provide the festival with texts and images that can be used in the festival catalogue, the festival flyer, the festival website as well as in further advertising activities. Additionally, the festival is allowed to use trailers and excerpts of the films for marketing and press reasons. With the submission of these materials the submitters confirm that they hold the rights to use these materials.

16. Entering a film means the acceptance of the festival’s regulations.

17. The management of the festival is authorized to change the festival’s regulations in special cases.

18. The festival’s legal domicile is Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

19.Deadline for submissions is 31st December 2020.

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

Regulations goEast 2021 – OPEN FRAME AWARD (Virtual Reality & 360°)

1. Filmmakers and VR artists from Central and Eastern Europe as well as from German universities are asked to submit their works for the 21st goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which will take place in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 20–26 April 2021 and is organized by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt). Co-productions are eligible only, if the main artist and main production of the piece comes from one of the regions mentioned above (list of eligible countries see 9.).

2. Each work submitted must be registered with a separate and completed entry form via the online platform FilmFreeway. There will be a two stage submission process for 360° VR content. The first stage will be for movie reference and information about the piece. The submitted works should be current productions from the years 2019, 2020 or 2021. The duration of a work may not exceed 30 minutes. Content will be screened only in the original language with English subtitles. Applications will not be considered complete unless they include a short synopsis, a biography and a filmography of the director/artist.

3. If selected for screening you will need to provide full resolution media on a hard drive or the executable file and assets if a real-time piece. You can submit a preliminary submission via a YouTube or similar link. This can be unlisted or password protected as necessary. Sound must be included!

4. There is no entry fee and we cannot offer payment for screened works. All preview material submitted remains in the festival archive. The archived works will be accessible solely for academic and curatorial purposes. For the purposes of festival communication (marketing and press) the submitters provide the festival with texts and images that can be used in the festival catalogue, the festival flyer, the festival website as well as in further advertising activities. Additionally, the festival is allowed to use trailers and excerpts of the films for marketing and press reasons. With the submission of these materials the submitters confirm that they hold the rights to use these materials.

5. 2020 the Open Frame Award (due to Covid-19) was held online, for which we used the platforms VRrOOm und VRChat + Viveport. We are also working on a hybrid solution for goEast 2021, the works will be presented on site in Wiesbaden and online. Therefore, please note: the submitted projects can also be presented online during the festival week. By submitting the project, the submitter consents to an online presentation of the work.

6. The results of the selection will be announced by e-mail in February 2021. If a work has been selected, we will request full resolution media on a hard drive or the executable file and assets if a real-time piece. As far as possible, we will invite the filmmakers and artists to come to Wiesbaden and Frankfurt during the festival to present their work. The selection process is not conducted publicly, and decisions cannot be contested in a court of law. The selected works will be presented at the festival locations in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.

7. The festival management appoints an independent international jury that will choose the winner of the Open Frame Award (5,000 euros, donated by the BHF-BANK Foundation). The jury’s decision is final, and the jury is not required to justify its decisions. The award cannot be split. The prize money will be handed out personally in cash during the festival or will be transferred via bank transfer to the account of the winner within six months after the festival.

8. 360° VR pieces may be entered only by the rights holder or his or her representative. Entering a piece implies the acceptance of the festival’s regulations.

9. Entries from the following Central and Eastern European countries are eligible for competition at goEast: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, North Macedonia, Georgia, Germany (Universities), Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

10. The festival’s legal domicile is Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

11. The deadline for entries is 31st January 2021.

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  • Andrei Kutsila

    Very comfortable festival with good programme! Perfect team! Two times was there and hope to be more in the future!

    March 2020