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European Film Awards – 1st Phase

Another awards event that ought to have much more impact, or at least attention, on the great big awards season is the European Film Awards. Before the “main event” announcements coming from Poland on December 10th, where Pierce Brosnan will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award, seven preliminary feature film awards were handed out last week – Martin Zandvliet’s war film Land Of Mine nabbing three of them. This time around in Berlin, the seven-headed jury (Benoît Barouh, Paco Delgado, Martin Gschlacht, Dean Humphreys, Era Lapid, Waldemar Pokromski, and Giuliano Taviani) came to a decision on the following early winners:


European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo di Palma

Camilla Hjelm Knudsen (Land of Mine)

European Editor

Anne Østerud & Janus Billeskov Jansen (The Commune)

European Production Designer

Alice Normington (Suffragette)

European Costume Designer

Stefanie Bieker (Land of Mine)

European Hair & Make-up Artist

Barbara Kreuzer (Land of Mine)

European Composer

Ilya Demutsky (The Student)

European Sound Designer

Radosław Ochnio (11 Minutes)

Congratulations on the winners this time around. The European Film Awards honor excellence of film-making in this ever flourishing and innovative continent, but also internationally. Here are the nominations for the EFA in case you missed them. See you in Wroclaw on December 10th.


European Film

Elle (France, Germany)
I, Daniel Blake (UK, France)
Julieta (Spain)
Room (Ireland, Canada)
Toni Erdmann (Germany, Austria)

European Comedy

A Man Called Ove (Sweden, Norway)
Look Who´s Back (Germany)
One Man and His Cow (France)

European Discovery – Prix Fipresci

Dogs (France, Romania, Bulgaria, Qatar)
Liebmann (Germany)
Sand Storm (Israel)
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Finland, Germany, Sweden)
Thirst (Bulgaria)


European Director

Paul Verhoeven (Elle)
Cristian Mungiu (Graduation)
Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)
Pedro Almodóvar (Julieta)
Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann)

European Documentary

21 x New York (Poland)
A Family Affair (Netherlands, Belgium)
Fire at Sea (Italy, France)
Mr. Gaga (Israel, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands)
S is for Stanley (Italy)
The Land of the Enlightened (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland)

European Animated Feature Film

My Life as a Zucchini (Switzerland, France)
Psiconautas, The Forgotten Children (Spain)
The Red Turtle (France, Belgium)

European Short Film

9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo (Netherlands, Syria)
90 Degrees North (Germany)
A Man Returned (UK, Lebanon, Denmark, Netherlands)
Amalimbo (Sweden, Estonia)
Edmond (UK)
Home (Kosovo, UK)
I’m Not From Here (Chile, Denmark, Lithuania)
In the Distance (Germany)
Limbo (France, Greece)
Shooting Star (Bulgaria, Italy)
Small Talk (Norway)
The Fullness of Time (Romance) (Belgium, France)
The Goodbye (Spain)
The Wall (Belgium)
We All Love the Sea Shore (Spain)


European Actress

Isabelle Huppoert (Elle)
Emma Suárez & Adriana Ugarte (Julieta)
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Like Crazy)
Trine Dyrholm (The Commune)
Sandra Hüller (Toni Erdmann)

European Actor

Rolf Lassgård (A Man Called Ove)
Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)
Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake)
Burghart Klaussner (The People vs. Fritz Bauer)
Peter Simonischek (Toni Erdmann)
Javier Cámara (Truman)

European Screenwriter

Cristian Mungiu (Graduation)
Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake)
Emma Donoghue (Room)
Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann)
Tomasz Wasilewski (United States of Love)

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Curzon Home Cinema will live-stream the event in the UK and Ireland.


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