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With an idea growing during the year of the last EU elections in 2019, the initial roots of the E&U European Short Film Festival are two befriended filmmakers — one of them being a local from the recently built Europaviertel ("Europe District") in Frankfurt-Gallus, who wanted to do something good for his new neighborhood.
Under the roof of the city's social program Active Neighborhood we teamed up with the community managers Maria Schmedt and Rudolf Fleckenstein to offer an open and low threshold film event without any entrance fees.
The Europaviertel is developing ever since, so is today's EU. Let's all come together at the E&U festival and give these surroundings an extra positive boost.
Organizing a film festival is a lot of fun — and a complex enterprise. That's why we are lucky to have a great team of voluntarily working experts.
We are also super nice people and know that we do not know everything about film events yet. But there's a certain charm and passion to our way and we love how our project already evolves.
And we think our European theme is important, because we need a better social cohesion within the European Union. Each member of our festival staff, joining from several participating partner organizations like the Intergenerational House Project for example, works for an open and balanced society on a daily basis — in Germany, Europe and everywhere in the world.
We mean to provide a platform for exchanging Europe's film culture.
We are glad to have had once more films from 17 different EU members. With a manifold range from "smaller" to rather well known cinematic countries.
Among the entries in our main competition Best Short Film from the European Union were many great short films from an amateur level to works of popular and acclaimed industry professionals. They show a colorful, wide-ranging mix and a diversity that we endorse strongly.
From Friday evening until Sunday night we had a great time with our live audience. Even if the crowd was limited by number (in concerns of coronavirus) everybody could enjoy the local community of short film fans at the Teves area, yummy international food and cocktails and enlightening Q&A's with filmmakers. Plus the magnificent films of course.
You are invited to get a taste of what fun we have had or restore your memories with some brandnew photos of our live event.