The FilmFestival Cottbus was first held in 1991 in the immediate post-reunification era.

Every year, filmmakers, producers and actors from Eastern and Central Europe meet in Cottbus. The film industry platform “connecting cottbus” plays an important role in bringing together filmmakers, producers and potential financiers.

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.

All together, the FilmFestival Cottbus presents twenty awards, which are endowed with a total value of almost € 74, 000.