goEast fosters and connects young filmmakers and artists from Central and Eastern Europe and the Rhine-Main region. A multi-faceted educational program has been developed specifically for the 30 participants in the East-West Talent Lab. Numerous events provide Lab participants with the opportunity to share ideas and experiences and network. Here they can meet industry representatives, present their project ideas and/or find co-production partners. Besides the Lab's extensive educational program encompasses panel discussions, lectures, workshops and master classes.
The participants of the East-West Talent Lab will present 14 selected project ideas from the areas of short fiction film, documentary film, experimental film, video art and interactive projects/VR to an expert jury and an attending audience. Each presenter will be allotted five minutes for their pitch, which will be followed by immediate feedback from the expert jury. The best pitch will be honoured with the goEast Development Award, which has been presented since 2014 and is endowed with prize money in the amount of 3,500 euros, sponsored by Russian Standard. The jury will announce the winning project in the scope of the goEast awards ceremony.
For the first time this year, seven EWTL participants will have the chance to apply for the Renovabis research grant worth 3,500 euros. Renovabis is the solidarity initiative of the German Catholics with the people in Central and Eastern Europe.The initiative supports its partners in the pastoral, social and societal renewal of the formerly communist countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe since 1993 and is donating a research grant for documentary projects tackling the topics of human rights and/or minority rights..