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EFA honours Bruno Ganz

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At the 23rd European Film Awards the European Film Academy will Honour Swiss ActorWhether it is as an angel in WINGS OF DESIRE (1987) by Wim Wenders, in the Italian comedy BREAD & TULIPS (2000) by Silvio Soldini, or impersonating Adolf Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel's THE DOWNFALL (2004), Bruno Ganz has lent his face to some of cinema's most unforgettable moments. In the 70s and 80s Bruno Ganz has worked with the greats of German auteur cinema like Werner Herzog (NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE, 1979), Vol...

The EFA Selection 2010

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THE 23rd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:The EFA Selection 2010It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFA Productions gGmbH announce the titles of the 46 films on this year’s selection list, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2010! With 32 countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema. In the 20 countries with the most EFA Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the sel...

European Film Academy Opens Vote for People’s Choice Award

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The People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film and win a trip to the European Film Awards Ceremony. Every year, when the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, producers, cinematographers, screenwriters, designers, nominees and winners, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for - the audience.Winners in the past have included films like...

European Film Academy protests against arrest of Iranian director Jafar Panahi

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The Board of the European Film Academy strongly protests against the arrest of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and demands his immediate release. Jafar Panahi is an internationally recognised artist and his work has been honoured at the festivals in Berlin, Cannes and Venice. Before his arrest, Panahi was denied permission to leave Iran in order to attend the 60th Berlinale as an honorary guest. The Board of the European Film Academy encourages the EFA Members to join this prote...

The European Film Awards Winners

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THE WHITE RIBBON wins European Film 2009. Picture: EFA/ActionPress/Guido Ohlenbostel Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 2,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Few surprises at the 22nd EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS: Das Weisse Band (The White Ribbon), Germany/Austria/France/Italy written and directed by Michael Haneke produced by Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz, Margaret Menegoz & Andrea ...

EFA Critics' Award for Wajda

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The 22nd European Film Awards: CRITICS' AWARD 2009, Prix FIPRESCI goes to Andrzej Wajda for TATARAK (Sweet Rush) As FIPRESCI's General Secretary Klaus Eder explained: "For us critics it is without doubt a big pleasure to honour Wajda, who wrote European film history already with his first films (GENERATION, KANAL, ASHES AND DIAMONDS) and who has influenced generations of filmmakers. We are therefore pleased and honoured to show him all our respect as critics. Our award also honours...

New Ambassadors of European Film from EFA

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The European Film Academy (EFA) is proud to have won a group of distinguished personalities from the world of European film to co-operate with for the promotion of European cinema and the European Film Awards. In close co-ordination with the European Film Academy, these renowned filmmakers will represent EFA and the European Film Awards at various prestigious events. The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in welcoming as EFA Ambassadors: Moritz Bleibtreu, actor, Germany On...

The Prophet to open EFA selection of Sevilla Film Fest

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“The Prophet”, one of the most notable and award-winning films of European cinema in the last year, will open the EFA selection on Friday 6th November at 22:15 in Seville’s Nervión Cinemas.This Section will be showing the latest European films pre-selected by the European Film Academy (EFA) for their annual awards. The ceremony of announcing the nominations for the European film awards will be held, as part of the Seville Festival, on Saturday 7th November.The French-Basque screenwriter T...

European Film Academy announces documentary nominees

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The European Film Academy proudly announces the nominations in the category EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2009 – PRIX ARTE. There is a total of ten documentary films nominated. Upon invitation by the city of Vilnius, this year’s documentary jury will now convene in the Lithuanian capital to screen the nominated films and decide on the winner. Appointed by the European Film Academy and ARTE, the members of the documentary jury are: Nino Kirtadzé, documentary filmmaker, France/Georg...

To all members of EFA academy : help us...we demand an immediate release for Roman Polanski

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The following solidarity note was issued yesterday and read out at the Zurich Film Festival's special event held in honour of Roman Polanski:As members of the European Film Academy and the European film community we protest at the arbitrary treatment of one of the world's most outstanding film directors. We declare our deep respect for our colleague and friend Roman Polanski and we demand his immediate release. Wim Wenders Volker Schloendorff Victoria Abril Peter Susc...

European Short Film nominees for the EFA

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THE SHORT FILM NOMINEES FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2009The final nominee has just been announced at the International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece):Drama Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards 2009BONNE NUIT (Good Night)by Valéry RosierBelgium/France, 18', fictionIn BONNE NUIT, 40-year-old Philippe, who works in a demolition company, visits his two children. He picks them up from his ex-wife's house. But Philippe is hiding something from his children, he is not reacting as us...

EFA Think Tank THE IMAGE OF EUROPE

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EFA Think Tank THE IMAGE OF EUROPE with EU President Barroso results in filmmakers’ call for film education in school Twenty leading creators from the fields of film directing, writing, acting, production, distribution and education met with José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, to exchange their views on the impact that images and cinema have on the identity of Europe and the way Europeans identify with their home continent. The President who had followed the Academy’s...

Nik Powell (EFA) will preside over B-EST Jury

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Nik Powell, Vice-President of the European Film Academy and Director of the National Film and Television School in London, has agreed to be the president of the feature film section of the festival. In 1972, Nik Powell set up Virgin Records with Richard Branson, nowadays a multi-million pound company. In the 80’s, Nik Powell went into partnership with Stephen Wooley and formed Palace Productions, later on producing three of Neil Jordan’s most succesfull films - COMPANY OF WOLVES, ...

Short Matters tours EFA Shorts in 15 fests in Europe

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SHORT MATTERS! is the European Film Academy’s short film tour which brings the short films nominated for the European Film Awards to a series of film festivals across Europe and beyond. As a new partner, world-wide short film distribution company Shorts International supports this year’s SHORT MATTERS! programme giving these films an additional platform at 15 festivals which have already confirmed their participation and will screen the programme.The programme brings the nominated short film...

Music and Movies Flourish in Flanders

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Although the Competition was finely tuned with new films by Atom Egoyan, from Hungary and around the globe,it is just one of several parallel programmes vieing for attention in Gent: Festival Previews (including a pre-festival curtain-raiser of Woody Allen's latest, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), culled from other festivals but with Belgian distibution imported some international glamour, such as Woody Harrelson (with Transiberia) and Walter Salles(introducing Linha de Passe); World Cinema (with sel...

EFA 2009 will take place in Essen in Germanys Ruhr Area

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The European Film Academy and EFA Productions are pleased to announce that the European Film Awards 2009 will take place in Essen in Germanys Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia. The unique move is a change from the regular system which brings the European Film Awards to Berlin, home of the European Film Academy, every two years. In the years inbetween the awards ceremony is held in different European film capitals such as London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Warsaw, and now Copenhagen. As a first hi...

EFA conference will focus on comedy

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On the occasion of the 21st EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS in Copenhagen:WHAT MAKES EUROPE LAUGH - Local Comedies for an International Market Cinematek, Cinema Carl, Saturday, 6 December 2008, 11.00 14.30As part of the weekend programme for the 21st European Film Awards in Copenhagen, this years EFA Conference is dedicated to film comedies. A series of panel dicussions with European filmmakers and critics will look at different cultural variations of humour and the way they are depicted and perceived in ...

EFA docu award goes to REN

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The European Film Academy proudly announces that the awardEUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2008 - Prix ARTE goes to the film REN by Helena Trestikova, Czech RepublicIn co-operation with the European cultural channel ARTE, the European Film Academy annually honours an outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking. The recipient of the award is chosen by an independent jury and this year's jury was made up of Danish producer Karoline Leth, Finnish programme director of the Moscow Film Festiva...

EFA Short Film Nominees

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The final nominee has just been announced at the International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece):Prix UIP DramaTRELEM (With A Little Patience)by Laszlo NemesHungary 2007, 14 min, fictionThe film follows an office clerk during her daily routine all the little vibrations of her face. And a man, impatiently waiting for her, beyond the windows.The film was selected by the festival's international jury consisting of director Bujar Alimani (Albania), Morad Kertobi of the CNC, directors Konstantin...

Prix UIP Shorts Shown At Festroia

Saturday, June 14------A very distinctive program here at Festroia is the presentation of Prix UIP, a European short film contest, sponsored by distributor United International Pictures and the European Film Academy.The short films are screeend at fourteen European film festivals, including events in Ghent, Valladolid, Ángers, Rotterdam, Berlin, Tampere, Krakow, Grimstad, Vila Do Conde, Sarajevo, Edinburgh, Venice, Drama and Cork. This year, Festroia was added to the European tour.The overall...

Next EFA Awards ceremony in Copenhagen will be royal

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When the members of the European Film Academy, film stars, winners and nominees gather in the Danish capital for this year’s European Film Awards on 6 December 2008, they will for the first time be joined by members of the European high nobility. Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will be among the 1,500 guests at the glamorous ceremony at the Forum in Copenhagen. They will be joined by the cream of the local as well as the whole European film c...

EFA will focus on promotion and training of young filmmakers

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Following the successful celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy’s Board has met at the Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden to work on the challenges of the next decade of the Awards and their 21st edition to be held in Copenhagen.The Academy is particularly proud that the Awards are hosted in the country that has produced creators of world stature, from Dreyer to Dogma, and that has traditionally sustained a confident and dynamic...

Juries award short films in International Film Festival Rotterdam

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During the IFFR 2008 Awards Ceremony for Short Films on Monday, January 28, 2008 in Theatre Lantaren / Venster in Rotterdam, the winning short films of the 37th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three Tiger Awards for Short Film were granted to AH, LIBERTY! by Ben Rivers (United Kingdom), AS I LAY DYING by Ho Yuhang (Malaysia) and OBSERVANDO EL CIELO by Jeanne Liotta (United States). The Prix UIP Rotterdam Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards was given to JOY b...

The 20th European Film Awards : Hosts and Presenters

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In a truly European combination, the hosts fort his year's European Film Awards on 1 December will be the French actress EMMANUELLE BEART and German actor JAN JOSEF LIEFERS. They will be leading the 1,400 guests at Berlin's Arena through a celebration of the European Film Awards' 20^th anniversary.EFA President WIM WENDERS will welcome to Berlin founding members of the European Film Academy and two of the greatest faces on European screen - French actress JEANNE MOREAU and Norwegian actress/dire...

Putnam lecture for the 20th European Film Awards

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EFA founding member LORD DAVID PUTTNAM will hold a special lecture titled WISHING AND HOPING which will take place right after this year's EFA General Assembly on Friday, 30 November.This year's EFA Conference EUROPE ON THE MOVE -MIGRATION IN MOVIES includes a small series of screenings featuring six exemplary works of European directors on the theme of migration. The conference itself will include a conversation between the Israeli filmmaker AMOS GITAI and author PETER COWIE and the discussions...
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