Selected German Film Festivals

Cottbus Festival of East European Cinema

FilmFestival Cottbus - Festival des Osteuropäischen Films
Karl-Marx-Str. 69
03044 Cottbus
phone +49-3 55-43 10 70
fax +49-3 55-4 31 07 20

Artistic Director
Bernd Buder

Year of Foundation 1991

Event Date from 05 November 2019 till 10 November 2019

in Cottbus, Germany

International Competition

Sections Competition for first to fifth Feature Films from Eastern Europe, Competition for Short Fiction Films, U18 German-Polish Youth Film Competition, Regional Focus, National Hits, Russian Day, Polish Horizon, Specials, Retrospective
Connecting Cottbus: 2-day East-West-co-production market (pitchings/panels)

Category Feature, Short, First Feature, Documentary

Terms of Entry Competitions: DCP only; feature films: over 50 min., short films: up to 30 min.; feature film competition: 1st to 5th film of the director; definition East European films: producer or one of the co-producers and/or the director based in one successor state of the formerly socialist European countries, German premiere, completed after 1 January 2018; original version: East European language, non-subtitled prints accepted, midlength films from 30 min possible for U18 Youth Film Competition

Genre Children & Youth, Comedy, Drama, Documentary Films, Short Films


Format DCP, Blu-ray, HDCAM

Registration Deadline 15 July 2019

Fees none

Attendance Figures 20,000

Participants of the Film Industry 400 accredited guests (directors, producers, actors, distributors, cinema programmers, representatives of cultural institutes and film clubs)

Main Prize for Best Film (Euro 25,000)
Special Prize for Best Director (Euro 7,500)
Award for an Outstanding Actress (Euro 5,000)
Award for an Outstanding Actor (Euro 5,000)

Main Prize (Euro 2,500)
Special Prize (Euro 1,000)

Prize for Best Youth Film (Euro 3,000)

"From Cottbus to Cinema"-Distribution Support Prize for a Festival Film (Euro 10,000)
Promotion Prize of Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten GWFF (Euro 4,500)
Cottbus Discovery Script Doctoring Award (Euro 5,000)
Audience Award (Euro 3,000)
DIALOGUE Prize for Intercultural Communication (Euro 3,000)
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Prize for Best Debut Film (Euro 3,000)
Special Mentions

Number of Films Shown ca. 150 full length and short films from around 40 countries

Media Coverage leading national and international daily newspapers, film magazines and broadcasting stations; around 130 from 20 countries

Evaluation 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. 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.

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