Avant-premiere of Fritzi; Credit: Godefroy Gordet

The 12th edition of CinEast, the Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg, which came to an end on Sunday 20 October 2019, had a record attendance with over 9,100 cinemagoers and more than 11,200 participants.

Over the eighteen days (3-20 October 2019) CinEast screened 65 feature films and about 50 short films from 20 former Communist states of Eastern and Central Europe. 

As a reminder, the International Jury awarded the Grand Prix to Juris Kursietis' film "Oleg" (Latvia / Belgium / Lithuania / France) and the Jury's Special Prize to the film "Corpus Christi" by Jan Komasa (Poland / France). The Critics' Prize, awarded by the Press Jury, was also awarded to "Corpus Christi". The Public Prize was won by the film "Honeyland" by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska (North Macedonia). Lastly, the Public Awards for Best Short Films were won by: "The Christmas Gift" by Bogdan Muresan (fiction, Romania / France), "Toomas Beneath The Valley Of The Wild Wolves" by Chintis Lundgren (animation, Croatia / Estonia / France) and "Dancing For You" by Katarzyna Lesisz (documentary, Poland). 

Regarding the festival's charity project (support for a music school in Cahul, Moldova), the direct contributions of festival-goers and the sale of photos from the exhibition "Down With Walls!" have already raised €1,600, with many photos still available.

CinEast 2019 was organised by CinEast asbl in collaboration with the Cinémathèque, Neimënster and the Kinepolis group, among others.