Marcin Wrona's 'Demon' in Cottbus Competition Lineup

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Festival of Eastern European Film has 12 movies in main competition, including feature debut by the Polish director who died in tragic circumstances in September.

The world's leading showcase of Eastern European Film — the Cottbus Film Festival — has unveiled its 25th anniversary edition lineup.

A dozen films will be competing for a prize purse totaling $88,000, more than half of which is earmarked for main competition winners.

Horror film, Demon, by Polish director Marcin Wrona — who died in tragic circumstances last month — is among a lineup of a dozen films that also includes Croatian Oscar nomination Dalibor Matanic's The High Sun, which was pitched as a project at the festival's co-production platform Connecting Cottbus in 2011, and Kyrgyzstan's Oscar nominee,  Heavenly Nomadic by Mirlan Abdykalkyov.

The jury includes filmmakers from the region such as Bosnia's Aida Begicwhose film Snow won Critics Week Grand Prix at Cannes in 2008.

The full line up also includes: Ungiven, directed by Branko Schmidt, Croatia; Chemo, Barkosz Prokopiewicz, Poland; Liza the Fox Fairy, Karoly Ujj Meszaros, Hungary;  Siska Deluxe, Jan Cvitkovic, Slovenia; Land of Oz, Vasily Sigarev, Russia; Wednesday Child, Lili Horvath, Hungary; Family Film, Olmo Omerzu, Czech Republic; and Fair Play, Andrea Sedlackova, Czech Republic.

The festival, which attracts many producers, directors from across Eastern Europe, runs  November 3-8 in Cottbus, a former East German town near Dresden.