Revolving this year around the slogan “Un:Recognized”, Cinema Archipelago, made possible once again with the generous support of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, offers an extensive accompanying program that shines with a wide range of supporting events.

Under the title “The ‘Other’ Queers – Cinematic Images from the Periphery of Europe”, the Symposium tackles the various specific aspects of queerness in the context of goEast’s focus regions. Curators Yulia Serdyukova and Jasmina Šepetavc have teamed up with other guest curators to assemble a multi-faceted program featuring feature-length and short films, music videos, lectures, an exhibition, a performance and panel discussions.



The Focus section on Kosovo and Albania invites attendees to become better acquainted with two film countries whose productions have repeatedly enjoyed success on the international stage. In co-operation with the national film centres in Kosovo and Albania, goEast is showing historical and contemporary works, framed by a discussion covering both cinema heritage and current film production.

The Yugorettes are back again too at Cinema Archipelago! The initiative, which came together for the first time in Wiesbaden as part of goEast for the 2022 festival edition, will highlight diverse themes in the scope of a curated film program and events focussing on discourse. Cinematic images of women and queer culture are both centre-stage here.

The RheinMain Short Film Award, endowed with 2,500 euros, will be presented for the fifth time this year by a local jury from the Rhine-Main region. Under the heading “Decolonizing the Post-Soviet Screen”, the program features screenings of six short films.

Finally, last year’s popular Rhine riverboat outing returns this year with a new theme: “Rhine, Wine & Rhymez” promises poetic encounters outside the cinema space. On board the ship, artists will be reading their favourite poems in their native tongues, opening a space for conversation amid an idyllic, inspiring atmosphere.