23. Film Festival Cottbus, 05. - 10.11.2013

In 2012 almost 19,500 visitors gathered in Cottbus for the festival. This record-breaking number included 600 accredited guests and more than 100 journalists from over 30 countries. Particularly close contacts exist to the Russia and Poland. As a result of the longstanding and successful contacts with Russian filmmakers and journalists, the “Academy of Friends of German-Russian Film” was founded in 2009.

The FilmFestival Cottbus regularly dedicates sections to the two most cinematographically active countries of the East. On "Russkiy Den" (Russian day), notable Russian productions of the past year are shown. The "Polskie Horyzonty" (Polish horizons) on the other hand were created as a result of a cooperation with the largest Polish festival "Nowe Horyzonty” which takes place in Wroclaw. This part of the event also presents the latest productions from Zielona Gora, with its lively alternative film scene. In the youth film section, the everyday life in Germany and neighbouring Poland is a major subject. A bi-national panel of young people expertly nominates the best cinematic discovery.

All together, the FilmFestival Cottbus presents twenty awards, which are endowed with a total value of almost € 74, 000. In addition to the award for “Best feature film”, a special prize for “Best director” as well as prices for outstanding acting are awarded. All of them are after the same ‘big win’ - the coveted prize sculpture “Lubina” (Sorbian: the winsome). Among the most popular festival attendees are certainly the Oscar-winners Istvan Szabo, Jiri Menzel, Allan Starski and Jan Sverak, directors such as Krzysztof Zanussi, Christian Mungiu, Andreas Dresen and Nana Djordjadze, writers like Chingiz Aitmatov and the actors Katarzyna Figura, Oana Pellea, Jean-Marc Barr, Katja Flint, Rolf Hoppe, Arta Dobroshi and Anna Thalbach.


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