Submission Competition

The call for submissions for the 20th edition of goEast Film Festival kicked off on September 15th. Filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe are welcome to submit their fiction and documentary films.

Submission will be possible via Eventival and the online platform FilmFreeway. The submission deadline is January 15th 2020.

Submit your film via Eventival.

Submit your film via FilmFreeway.


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 DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Schaumainkai 41, 60596 Frankfurt).

2. The 20th goEast Film Festival will take place in Wiesbaden, Germany, from 05.05. to 11.05.2020. 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 60 minutes. Exceptions require an authorization of the festival
* Documentaries: 35mm, DCP, Blu-ray, minimum length of 60 minutes.
* Production year: 2019 or 2020.
* 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 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 15.01.2020. By then the selection committee must have received: an online link, a completed entry (via Eventival) 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 20th 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 15th January 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