The goEast programme is divided into a total of seven sections, each with its own profile: Competition, Symposium, East-West Talent Lab, Portrait/Homage (alternately, annually), Beyond Belonging, Highlights, and Specials.

Each section is curated carefully. Festival correspondents and experts support the programme team. The entries to the competition are nominated by a selection committee. The sections serve to build bridges between Central and Eastern European auteur film and experimental film, from current genre cinema to rediscovered historical films. Documentaries have conquered their rightful place beside the feature films.


Visionary, political or just plain weird: The Competition section brings together the most remarkable ten fiction features and six documentaries of the last two production years and offers a deep look at the cinematic diversity of current Central and Eastern European auteur filmmaking. The 16 productions compete for three prizes, which are awarded by an international jury: the Award for Best Film (10,000 euros), the Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director (7,500 euros) and the Award of the Federal Foreign Office for Cultural Diversity (4,000 euros), while an additional separate three-member jury representing FIPRESCI presents the International Film Critics’ Award. Beyond that, goEast media partner 3sat also offers one select film the opportunity to partner on a broadcast deal.


Constructions of the Other – Roma and the Cinema of Central and Eastern Europe
This year's Symposium, which international film scholars, members of the cultural sector and filmmakers are invited to attend, deals with a controversial complex of topics: On one hand "Gypsy" stereotypes from the world of cinema will be subjected to a critical re-examination, spanning from the Third Reich to Emir Kusturica. On the other hand, films made by Roma filmmakers and the lived realities of Roma in Central and Eastern Europe will be placed in the focus. The film retrospective is framed by a series of lectures which aim to take a close critical look at the various (film-)historical, socio-political and cultural aspects of this thematic field.


The EAST-WEST TALENT LAB is dedicated to the transfer of knowledge and creativity and the exchange of project ideas. The program connects young filmmakers and artists from Central and Eastern Europe and Germany. A multitude of workshops and master classes instruct the 30 participants in core competences and provide insight into the film industry. Topics covered in the Lab include fundamental aspects of European co-productions and pitching workshops as well as the Open Frame Award, which this year features a selection of artistically ambitious virtual reality works by young artists and filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe and Hessen's film and art academies. Vying for the goEast Development Award, endowed with 3,500 euros in prize money, 14 selected projects will pitch their project ideas to a three-member expert jury at the conclusion of the workshop program.
The EAST-WEST TALENT LAB is made possible by the generous support of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and the BHF-BANK Foundation.


The annually alternating Homage and Portrait sections offer the festival audience the opportunity to experience the artistic life’s work of an extraordinary filmmaker in a convenient, compact form. A representative programme featuring short and/or long film works and a workshop talk enables festivalgoers to personally encounter filmmakers whose visionary work has had a deep impact on Central and Eastern European cinema. To date these twin sections have honoured Šarūnas Bartas, Benedek Fliegauf, Otar Iosseliani, Miklós Jancsó, Fatmir Koçi, Marlen Khutsiev, Sergej Loznitsa, Kira Muratova, Sergej Paradzhanov, Jan Švankmajer, Jan Svěrák, Małgorzata Szumowska, Juliusz Machulski and, most recently, Márta Mészáros.

Oppose othering!

Our OPPOSE OTHERING! Program for ethical filmmaking will go into its third round in 2018. This year we will focus on developing an environment where minorities have an equal place within filmmaking and diversity is respected, both in Eastern Europe and Germany.
During goEast 2018 participants and experts from different fields will engage in discussions, workshops, networking events and case studies. OO! Is looking for courageous and constructive social justice warriors to participate in the 2018 program and become part of an international network fighting to oppose othering and make inclusion a normality.
We invite young professionals with a background in filmmaking, production, distribution, festival or cultural management from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as from Germany, who want to shape the future of filmmaking in their own countries and develop ways to involve minorities in the process. In addition to a thematically focused film program, the OPPOSE OTHERING! tandem films, which are currently still in production, will celebrate their world premieres in April at goEast, before going on tour to festivals across Europe. Cinematic experiences that expand horizons are guaranteed here.


Arthouse cinema from Eastern Europe is increasingly on people’s radar these days, not least of all due to its more recent success with critics and audiences alike at the Berlinale or the Academy Awards. Still, mainstream films and audience favourites from the region very rarely make it into movie theatres in Germany. That’s not the case at goEast though: the Highlights section brings together cinematic treats that delighted audiences in theatres and at festivals: exquisite film fare beyond the realm of auteur cinema.


The extra special section without which no festival would be complete. In the Specials, the School Film Days bring together education and festival atmosphere, new jewels from the festival world share the screen with old treasures from the archives, the local community rubs shoulders with movie stars, events arranged spontaneously in light of current events meet traditional goEast formats. And when the lights finally go out in the theatre lobbies, the festival crowd comes together at night for concerts and parties.