The Grenzland-Filmtage ("Crossing Boundaries Festival") was established in Selb in 1977. It was an attempt to bring films meeting high critical standards to a relatively remote provincial region. The organisers wanted to offer an up-to-date film programme to rival major urban centres, at least for a few days of the year. Owing to the location of Selb, near the border to Eastern Block countries (the former Czechoslovakia and the GDR), increasing numbers of films from socialist countries were invited to the festival in the subsequent years. In 1981 the programme was expanded to include a retrospective, dedicated to a different director each year.
In the meantime the festival has become firmly established as small and lively provincial event. It places special emphasis on feature films, documentaries, children's films and shorts from eastern Europe.
In the categories feature film and documentary film the audience selects the best film. A newcomer prize is endowed with €500.
Festival director: Dagmar Franke