Today, goEast will be honouring nine awardees at its award ceremony at 7 PM CET on Facebook and the festival's website. The prize money of the four main competitions has been split up equally between all filmmakers. Still, the awards will be presented as usually. Our juries decided about the winners online over the course of the festival week.
The following prizes will be awarded:
Join us for the end of a wonderful digital festival week. But instead of saying: "See you next year" during the goEast Award Ceremony, the programme will be continued. This year, there will be many more goEast festival highlights and cinema experiences waiting for you.
After the festival week is before the Symposium: The film and lecture series, which is dealing with film culture between Perestroika, the fall of the wall and the millennium under the title „Film heritage in transition. Central and Eastern Europe 1985-1999" will take place from July 24th to 27th at DFF in Frankfurt.
The film programme showcases films from the era characterized by new narratives and formal experiments, which will also be discussed in lectures. Experts from Central and Eastern Europe will gather to discuss the dissolution of state film infrastructure in the 1990-ies and the new production conditions which resulted out of that. The loss of state-organized systemic archival practices during the transformation period means, that these days cinematic art, which documented perhaps more than any other art form the societal changes of the region, is threatened to be lost permanently.
Each goEast is complemented by a side-bar program that lets filmmakers and our audience dive deeper into Central and Eastern European culture. Due to the current Covid-19 situation our role as "cultural mediators" in Wiesbaden became impossible and thus we have postponed some programme highlights to August/September.
This includes the short-film walk in Wiesbaden Klarenthal with the Hamburg based artist group "A Wall is a Screen". Short films will be projected onto walls of houses, turning them into cinema screens and putting them into a new context.
Also, our culinary language courses are back! There will be courses in Polish as well as Romanian at the Mix Markt eastrn European supermarket. The learned language skills can be put to good use right at the Mix Markt for buying special delicacies of the East.
This year's Competition section at goEast is composed of 16 diverse and high-quality films, which will be awarded by our juries tonight. We were very disappointed that we could not screen the films in Wiesbaden during our festival week, but our friends at exground filmfest came to our rescue.
We are happy to announce that the entire goEast Competition section, including our opening film SERVANTS by Ivan Ostrochovský will be screened in November in the Caligari FilmBühne with the filmmakers attending the screenings. On this occasion we will also determine, who will win the very last goEast trophy for 2020, our very new Audience Award, endowed with 1,500 euros, made possible by our "crowd" and awarded with KulturMut by the Aventis Foundation.