About Festival

We welcome you to the 3rd installment of Behind the Curtain Festival. Behind The Curtain (BTC) is an Eastern and Central European Film Festival that spreads across venues in Birmingham each autumn. We celebrate and bring to you the spirit of the best of Eastern European cinema and culture through Film, Music,  Discussions and Workshops. We are delighted to share with you our selection for this years festival. This year we will bring to you 17  feature and short films from 12 countries screening during the 10 festival days. Catch our screenings in venues in North, South and Central Birmingham. Again this year our Festival Hub is based at our eclectic space Centrala . Behind the Curtain is organized and initiated by the Polish Expats Association . Behind The Curtain is part of Birmingham Festivals.

An international showcase

In spite of critical success at international festivals, Central and Eastern European films are still under-represented in regular cinemas. BTC promotes this diverse output, through the screening of the latest feature length and short films, selected from 18 countries over 10 festival days. The festival gives space to both avant-garde and mainstream cinema.

A synergy of cultures

BTC creates exciting opportunities for cultural exchange between United Kingdom and Central and Eastern Europe.   BTC is dedicated to bringing the diversity and richness of Central and Eastern European cinema into the heart of England, allowing for an exchange of ideas on film aesthetics, socio-political and film-theoretical topics. There are many opportunities for lively debate in the many workshops, lectures and Q&A sessions contained within the programme.

Public involvement

The festival is open to all, presenting a rare occasion for public audiences in Birmingham to gain a better understanding of their European neighbours further East. This is particularly important in the post-Brexit environment.