Honours for East and West
goEast celebrates halftime with the winners of the Student’s Competition from East and West
Even before May 1 – the date when the new member states will join the EU – our Eastern neighbours have become a hot topic in Wiesbaden. Since Wednesday, the goEast festival – with its films from 16 countries, forums for discussion, exhibitions, parties and the popular workshops at the festival-center Villa Clementine – has facilitated many meetings and impressions of the life and the culture of the Eastern and Central European countries. In its fourth year the festival has generated even more interest amongst professionals, guests, the press and the audience: with approximately 3000 admissions in the first three days, we can again predict a noticeable increase compared to last year. Especially reassuring is the positive resonance of the young audience. More than 500 guests attended Friday’s goEast Party with DJ Shantel at the packed Schlachthof Cultural Center.
The panel “Meet the Filmschools”, presented as part of the Students’ Competition, again turned out to be highly interesting and facilitated the exchange of experiences and pan-European Information about the state of education for the film-business. The participating universities introduced their programs and then discussed European standards of Education, co-operations between universities and the growing acceptance of digital media in education. At the subsequent reception of the Export Union, new contacts could be made.
The Students’ Competition, pitting students from East and West against each other in three short-film categories, its awards-ceremony and subsequent party have become highlights of the festival. While the audience’s votes were being counted, Absolut Pictures presented the Bollywood comedy MULIT, the newest of five short films that international filmmakers shot for Absolut. Then, the new festival director Christine Kopf and Margareta Müller of the HypoVereinsbank presented the winners with the audience award and € 750 for the best short-film in each of the three categories:
1. BALL OF FAME
and with equal votes:
2. THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
2. MECHTA / A DREAM
1. KRAJ IGRE / THE END OF THE GAME
2. DIE LETZTE SPUR / THE LAST TRACE
3. PISMO, VAMPIR, CAI / A LETTER, A VAMPIRE AND
1. XAEAHEPA / BADINERIE
2. 180° - DIE LIEBE KENNT VIELE REZEPTE /
180 ° - A RECIPE FOR LOVE
3. WATER ON MARS
Sunday delivered two additional highlights: the Tarkowsky-matinee with the famous director’s sister and the start of the academic forum “Identity in the times after the change”.
We’d especially like to direct your interest towards our press-discussion
“Young Eastern European Cinema” on May 27 2004 at the Villa
Clementine. Young international directors will sit down at the “round
table” to reflect on the themes and tendencies of the young cinema
and focus on the new horizons for the young generation in Central and
Eastern Europe. The panel will be moderated by Russian film-journalist
Andrej Plachov. On May 27 at 7:00 pm goEast 2004 will conclude with the
glamorous award-ceremony – three days before the new Eastern European
member states join the EU.