goEast – Festival in Wiesbaden has a new director
Claudia Dillmann, director of the Deutsches
Filminstitut – DIF, has delegated her position as director of goEast,
Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, to her colleague Christine
Kopf. Dillmann intends to concentrate all her energy on current
projects of DIF, as there are the construction of a central internet portal
on German Film and the preparation for the Deutsches Filmmuseum’s
integration into the Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF. Dillmann, who
founded goEast in 2001, has successfully established this young festival
on a regional as well as national and international level in short time.
The 4th goEast-Festival is taking place in Wiesbaden from April 21st to 27th 2004. In its Competition Section 15 current full-length feature and documentary films are competing for the prizes awarded by an international jury: the festival’s highest accolade “Die goldene Lilie” (The golden Lily), which includes a prize money of 10,000 €, the with 7,500 € endowed prize for best direction of the town of Wiesbaden as well as for the Hertie-Foundation Documentary Award (10,000 €). Additional a jury of FIPRESCI awards the prize of International Criticism for the second time during goEast.
Besides the competition the festival includes an academic symposium,
which represents one of its most important parts. Not only this year but
also the next the symposium will concentrate mainly on the current cinematographic
developments in the acceding countries from Central and Eastern Europe.
In 2004 films from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia
and in 2005 from Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia are going to be
presented under the symposium’s title “Identities in the Post-Communist
Era”. The aim of the symposium is to investigate how film directors
define “identity” in periods of transition and political change
and how they deal with this problem from an aesthetic point of view.
The state capital Wiesbaden and the state-sponsored initiative Hessen-media are the main sponsors of the film festival goEast, that is frequented by artists, cineastes and journalists form east and west.
The Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF invites you to the presentation
of goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film during
the Berlin International Film Festival on Monday, February 9th at 3:30
p.m. in the Hessische Landesvertretung (In den Ministergärten 9,