Almost twenty years after the collapse of the Communist regimes, the eventful and varied developments in Eastern European countries inside and outside the borders of the European union are matched by the colourful diversity displayed by the 2008 goEast Feature Film Competition. Recurrent themes in the competing films are the transgression of borders and the quest for individual happiness in radically altered societies.

The programme of the 2008 Documentary Competition is equally outstanding. Six current productions are competing for the new "Remembrance and Future" documentary award (value: 10,000 euros). The impressive documentaries competing for the prize describe small tales of the everyday and weighty historical events, in either case playing both in the heart of Europe but also on its fringes. Here again, boundaries and transgressions play a key role.

Exciting films may be expected once again from the Students' Competition. Presentations will be delivered by the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), Prague, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, Warsaw, the Film & Television Academy (HFF), Potsdam-Babelsberg, as well as five film schools from the Rhine-Main region. All of the film students will be competing for prizes for the best feature, documentary and animation film awarded by audience vote. A new project market in the goEast Young Professionals Programme brings young filmmakers from East and West together.

goEast looks forward to welcoming to Wiesbaden 300 invited guests from the world of film, and anticipates a lively cinematic week in which directors, producers and actors present their films in the Caligari FilmBühne, and subsequently participate in the daily film discussions in Bellevue-Saal. With panel discussions, public debates and any number of public receptions, an interesting forum for the exchange of ideas and film expertise is guaranteed. Please find the complete programme on our website

The goEast Film Festival is funded primarily by the Hessen State Ministry of Science and Art, the Hessen state capital of Wiesbaden, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future", and Škoda Auto Deutschland. The BHF-BANK Foundation donates the Students' Competition prizes, the Federal Foreign Office awards a prize for intercultural understanding and covers the international travel expenses. The festival also receives important funding from the Media Programme of the European Union.

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