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Looking back at goEast 2001

The première of goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden from April 4th until April 11th, 2001.
During the course of seven days, 87 films from 12 countries were presented, including 41 feature-length films and 3 world and 16 Germany premières. 3,400 visitors attended the screenings, and the Festival was happy to welcome 300 professional visitors from Germany and abroad.
12 current productions of 10 countries competed for the awards with a prize money total of 40,000 marks. The international five-member Jury under the chairmanship of Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi came to the following decisions:
The Award for Best Film with a prize-money of 25,000 marks (sponsored by MediaServiceCenter) went ex aequo to THE BIG ANIMAL, a Polish production directed by Jerzy Stuhr, and to the Ukrainian film SECOND CLASS CITIZENS directed by Kira Muratova.
The Award for Best Director (15,000 marks sponsored by the City of Wiesbaden) went to Hungarian director Péter Gothar for his film PASSPORT.
The Audience Awards for the Best Students' Films in the categories "Documentary and Experimental Film", "Short Subject" and "Animation Film" (1,000 marks each) went to HOMO SAPIENS by Jakub Sommer, SWEETS by Jiri Vejdrelek and TEST by Vaclav Svankmajer. All three directors are students at FAMU, Prague.
Three films from the Festival's programme - THE BIG ANIMAL, BARACKS, and the documentary BLOWN IN WITH THE WIND - were bought by goEast's media partner 3sat and broadcasted as a part of their series "Anders Fernsehen".

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