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First 2024 Program Highlights Revealed // Symposium: "The Other Queers – Cinematic Images from the Periphery of Europe" // Fostering Emerging Filmmakers and Up-and-Coming Producers in the East-West Talent Lab
Wiesbaden/Frankfurt, 31 January 2024 Every year since 2001, goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, hosted by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, transforms the Hessian state capital of Wiesbaden into one of the most internationally significant platforms for cinema from Central and Eastern Europe.


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The 24th edition of the festival will take place in Wiesbaden from April 24 to 31.

The accreditation proccess will start on April 28. You will find further information here once the accreditation proccess started.

The ACCREDITATION BADGE grants you entrance to the screenings of festival films in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Mainz and Giessen (subject to availability) as well as to additional events in Wiesbaden (with the exception of specials such as lectures). Furthermore, it also allows you access the goEast Online Media Library containing a selection of the festival films.


An ACCREDITATION can be requested exclusively via Eventival 

All necessary information for the accreditation process can be found in the FAQ section.

East-West Talent Lab

This year, goEast once again is supporting 15 non-fiction filmmakers and emerging talents with a project from Central and Eastern Europe as well as up to 8 producers without a project from Central and Eastern Europe and Germany in their professional development and helping to connect them with their peers.

In 2024, the East-West Talent Lab is particularly tailored to the needs of non-fiction and documentary filmmakers.

Two awards will be given within the East-West Talent Lab 2024:

  1. Renovabis Research Grant, endowed with 3.500 Euros for an early-stage documentary project focusing on human rights and/or minority rights.
  2. Pitch the Doc Prize, a training to support the development of the project (value of 500 Euros).

Deadline for application is February 27th, 2024.

More details, as well as the entry regulations can be found on the submission form on Eventival. Here you will also find an example of the application documents to be submitted for submissions with a project.

*Eligible countries for applications with and without a project are: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

** A further eligible country for applications without a project (producers) is Germany.

Applicants should either have the nationality of one of the eligible countries, or be a permanent resident there.

Virtual Reality

goEast has featured a bespoke competition for virtual reality works since 2018, which has, however, up until now solely shown completed VR projects in Wiesbaden and Frankfurt. Now the festival is set to take on a new challenge – with a programme and accompanying competition exclusively intended for work-in-progress and collaborative projects in the fields of virtual and extended reality.

The declared goal here is to promote new talents from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as students from Germany, who are united by a common passion for VR and XR. Within the programme, the selected participants will receive assistance in their search for further opportunities to fund their projects.

In 2023 this programme is made possible for goEast thanks to the support of the Kulturfonds Frankfurt Rhein Main within the framework of the side programme Cinema Archipelago.

You can find the program here.