European Film Academy: The Invisible Boy Wins Young Audience Award 2015

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In a truly European vote, 12-14-year-olds in:

  • Aalborg/Denmark
  • Amsterdam/the Netherlands
  • Athens/Greece
  • Barcelona/Spain
  • Belgrade/Serbia
  • Bratislava/Slovakia
  • Budapest/Hungary
  • Cluj/Romania
  • Erfurt/Germany
  • Istanbul/Turkey
  • Izola/Slovenia
  • Kiev/Ukraine
  • London/UK
  • Malmö/Sweden
  • Prizren/Kosovo
  • Riga/Latvia
  • Skopje/FYR Macedonia
  • Sofia/Bulgaria
  • Tallinn/Estonia
  • Tbilisi/Georgia
  • Tel Aviv/Israel
  • Turin/Italy
  • Valletta/Malta
  • Wroclaw/Poland
  • Zagreb/Croatia

have elected The Invisible Boy by Gabriele Salvatores (Italy) as the winner of the European Film Academy (EFA) Young Audience Award 2015.

Having watched the three nominated films on today’s Young Audience Film Day, the young cinema-lovers across Europe had the opportunity to discuss the films before electing their favourite. The results were then reported live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where German TV host, author and director Thomas Hermanns moderated the awards ceremony transmitted online as a live stream.

EFA Director Marion Döring presented the award to screenwriter Stefano Sardo who said: “Thank you so much, this was unexpected! We made a film for kids and we’re *so* happy that they like it!”

This year’s fourth edition of the EFA Young Audience Award with a record 25 participating countries was realized with the following partners: Art Fest (Bulgaria), BFI British Film Institute, BUFF (Sweden), Children KinoFest (Ukraine), Cinematheque Tel Aviv (Israel), Creative Europe Desk Malta&  Culture Directorate Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government (Malta), DokuFest (Kosovo), EducaTIFF (Romania), Estonian Film Institute, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Film Center Serbia, Filmoteca de Catalunya (Spain), German Children’s Media Foundation GOLDEN SPARROW, Hellenic Film Academy (Greece), Hungarian National Film Fund, Macedonian Film Agency, Museo Nazionale del Cinema & Film Commission Torino Piemonte (Italy), National Film Centre of Latvia, New Horizons Association (Poland), NNLE Noosfera Foundation (Georgia), Otok – Institute for the Development of Film Culture (Slovenia), University College Northern Jutland, The Centre for Educational Resources (Denmark), Visegrad Film Forum (Slovakia), Yapimlab & Edge (Turkey) and Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia).

The European Film Academy Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). The DCP production is supported by dcinex, Ymagis Group. Media partner was FRED FM Film Radio.

Record 25 Countries Participate in EFA’s Young Audience Award 2015

2-Aidan-Gillen-and-Lauren-Kinsella_Will-and-StaceThe European Film Academy proudly announces and congratulates the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2015.

MY SKINNY SISTER
MIN LILLA SYSTER
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Sanna Lenken
PRODUCED BY: Annika Rogell
Sweden/Germany
THE INVISIBLE BOY
IL RAGAZZO INVISIBILE

DIRECTED BY: Gabriele Salvatores
WRITTEN BY: Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi & Stefano Sardo
PRODUCED BY: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima & Carlotta Calori
Italy
YOU’RE UGLY TOO 
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Mark Noonan
PRODUCED BY: John Keville & Conor Barry
Ireland 

The nominations were chosen by an international committee consisting of Per Eriksson, Swedish Film Institute, Beata Marciniak, New Horizons Association (Poland) and Paola Traversi, Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Italy).

On Young Audience Film Day on 3 May, the three nominated films will be screened to audiences of 12-14-year-olds in the following 25 cities across Europe:

•Aalborg/Denmark
•Amsterdam/the Netherlands
•Athens/Greece
•Barcelona/Spain
•Belgrade/Serbia
•Bratislava/Slovakia
•Budapest/Hungary
•Cluj/Romania
•Erfurt/Germany
•Istanbul/Turkey
•Izola/Slovenia
•Kiev/Ukraine
•London/UK
•Malmö/Sweden
•Prizren/Kosovo
•Riga/Latvia
•Skopje/FYR Macedonia
•Sofia/Bulgaria
•Tallinn/Estonia
•Tbilisi/Georgia
•Tel Aviv/Israel
•Turin/Italy
•Valletta/Malta
•Wroclaw/Poland
•Zagreb/Croatia

And it is the young audience that will act as a jury and vote for the winner right after the screenings. In a truly European vote, jury speakers will then transmit the national results live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where the winner will be announced in an award ceremony streamed live here, a special website that offers further information about the nominated films and the participating cities.

This year’s fourth edition of the EFA Young Audience Award with a record 25 participating countries is realised with the following partners: Art Fest (Bulgaria), BFI British Film Institute, BUFF (Sweden), Children KinoFest (Ukraine), Cinematheque Tel Aviv (Israel), Creative Europe Desk Malta&  Culture Directorate Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government (Malta), DokuFest (Kosovo), EducaTIFF (Romania), Estonian Film Institute, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Film Center Serbia, Filmoteca de Catalunya (Spain), German Children’s Media Foundation GOLDEN SPARROW, Hellenic Film Academy (Greece), Hungarian National Film Fund, Macedonian Film Agency, Museo Nazionale del Cinema & Film Commission Torino Piemonte (Italy), National Film Centre of Latvia, New Horizons Association (Poland), NNLE Noosfera Foundation (Georgia), Otok – Institute for the Development of Film Culture (Slovenia), University College Northern Jutland, The Centre for Educational Resources (Denmark), Visegrad Film Forum (Slovakia), Yapimlab & Edge (Turkey) and Zagreb Film Festival (Croatia).

The European Film Academy Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). The national Young Audience Film Day events will be organised with the support of the respective national partners.

The DCP production is supported by dcinex, Ymagis Group.

A Trio of Lions for Dance Music and Theatre Sectors of Biennale di Venezia

a36408ffa48de31b1109505e78da83b62b6f589cThe Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement have been awarded to Belgian dancer and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Dance), to French-Greek composer Georges Aperghis (Music) and to Swiss director Christoph Marthaler (Theatre). The acknowledgments for the three artists were recommended respectively by director Virgilio Sieni for Dance, Ivan Fedele for Music and Alex Rigola for Theatre, and approved by the Board of Directors of the Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta.

A leading figure in Belgian and European dance since the Eighties, to which she brought an original synthesis between formal rigour and pathos embodied in her stunning debut and manifesto piece Rosas danst Rosas, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, in director Virgilio Sieni’s words, represents “the interface between creation and the processes of transmission”. “Her poetic gesture expressed through the body,” writes Sieni in his motivation, “led to a significant transferral between western cultures towards an understanding of the body in theatre as a medium for experimentation with language. Electing space as the platform of the world, on it she positions the bodies in experimentations that allow us to perceive man as he opens up to new places.

“She has been mindful of the measure and duration of the sonorous body in the individual and the dancer to carry him to the threshold of the world.”

At the Dance Biennale, De Keermaeker had earlier presented Rain (2001), in which her dancers danced under a shower of silver strings immersed in the circular pulsating structure of Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich.

A milestone in musical theatre, a genre that he helped to revolutionize through his influence on many young artists, composer Georges Aperghis, according to director Ivan Fedele, “radically reshaped musical practice by bringing into it all the vocal, instrumental, gestural and stage ingredients, treated in an identical manner and transferred from one context into another. Emblematic in this sense are the theatre pieces Récitations and Machinations, based on an imaginary language consisting of virtuoso combinations of phonemes in a rapid-fire composition that is developed through processes of repetition and accumulation. This writing reveals Aperghis’ deep awareness of the social function of art, of how it is destined for an audience that can recognize effective elements within it to reconstruct its form and perceive its poetics through the mechanisms of memory. His works engage the creative participation of the performers who must invent an ambiguous and often amusing imaginary language, which evokes the very origins of language in a fury of enunciation that precedes ‘meaning’.” The Music Biennale has consistently borne witness to the progress of this atypical composer whom it has invited since 1972, the year in which he presented Ascoltare stanca, a piece that is emblematic of his poetics.

An eccentric figure on the European scene for his particular amalgamation of music and theatre, Swiss director Christoph Marthaler has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, in the words of director Àlex Rigola, “for his search for a personal language. For his musical accomplishments in productions in which music apparently does not appear. For his sense of humour. An unfailingly intelligent sense of humour that makes it possible to unite tragedy, drama and comedy in a single world. Because he leads us to daydream. For the fantastic creation of unique stage spaces created in collaboration with the ever-present Anna Viebrock, one of the finest set designers in the history of theatre. For his ability to place European society in front of a mirror and let it observe the misery and pettiness of the humanity that distinguishes us and which he narrates so well”.

In the past the acknowledgment for Lifetime Achievement for Dance has been awarded to Merce Cunningham (1995), Carolyn Carlson (2006), Pina Bausch (2007), Jirí Kylián (2008), William Forsythe (2010), Sylvie Guillem (2012), Steve Paxton (2014); the acknowledgment for Lifetime Achievement for Theatre has been awarded to Ferruccio Soleri (2006), Ariane Mnouschkine (2007), Roger Assaf (2008), Irene Papas (2009), Thomas Ostermeier (2011), Luca Ronconi (2012), Romeo Castellucci (2013), Jan Lauwers (2014); the acknowledgment for Lifetime Achievement for Music has been awarded to Goffredo Petrassi (1994), Luciano Berio (1995), Friedrich Cerha (2006), Giacomo Manzoni (2007), Helmut Lachenmann (2008), György Kurtág (2009), Wolfgang Rihm (2010), Peter Eötvös (2011), Pierre Boulez (2012), Sofia Gubaidulina (2013), Steve Reich (2014).

27th European Film Awards: Winners

efa-european-film-awards-2014The more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy – filmmakers from across Europe – have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Riga on 14 December, the following awards were presented:

EUROPEAN FILM 2014
IDA
DIRECTED BY: Paweł Pawlikowski
WRITTEN BY: Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
PRODUCED BY: Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł & Ewa Puszczyńska

EUROPEAN COMEDY 2014
THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER (LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE) by Pierfrancesco Diliberto

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI
THE TRIBE (PLEMYA) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2014
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE by Marc Bauder

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2014
THE ART OF HAPPINESS (L’ARTE DELLA FELICITÁ) by Alessandro Rak

EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2014
THE CHICKEN by Una Gunjak

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2014
Paweł Pawlikowski for IDA

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2014
Marion Cotillard in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT)

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2014
Timothy Spall in MR. TURNER

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2014
Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz for IDA

EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER 2014 – Prix CARLO DI PALMA
Łukasz Żal & Ryszard Lenczewski for IDA

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2014
Justine Wright for LOCKE

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2014
Claus-Rudolf Amler for THE DARK VALLEY (DAS FINSTERE TAL)

EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER 2014
Natascha Curtius-Noss for THE DARK VALLEY (DAS FINSTERE TAL)

EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2014
Mica Levi for UNDER THE SKIN

EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER 2014
Joakim Sundström for STARRED UP

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2014
Agnès Varda

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2014 
Steve McQueen

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2014 – Prix EURIMAGES
Ed Guiney

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2014 for Best European Film
IDA by Paweł Pawlikowski

Riga, 13 December 2014

The European Film Awards 2014 are presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of Foundation Riga 2014, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Riga City Council, Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-Programme of the EU, FFA German Federal Film Board, German State Lottery Berlin, German State Minister for Culture and the Media, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in co-operation with Aveda, Cinema Splendid Palace, Confectionery manufacturer Laima, GLS, insurance company ERGO, Jägermeister, Lattelecom TV, M∙A∙C, Meyer Sound, Moller Baltic Import, Sixt Limousine Service, Latvian Television and ZDF/ARTE.

European Co-production Award: Prix EURIMAGES for Ed Guiney

EdGuiney_300This year’s EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – Prix EURIMAGES, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, goes to Irish producer Ed Guiney (pictured).

Ed Guiney co-founded Element Pictures with Andrew Lowe in 2001. Today, Element has offices in Dublin and London, working across production, distribution, and exhibition.

Element has been involved in the production and distribution of over 30 feature films. Current and upcoming Element productions include ROOM, an adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s award-winning best-selling novel, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H. Macy, Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, THE LOBSTER starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux and Ben Whishaw, Gerard Barrett’s GLASSLAND, starring Jack Reynor, Toni Colette and Will Poulter and Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 MINUTES.

Recently completed Element productions include Abrahamson’s latest film FRANK, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; and Ken Loach’s JIMMY’S HALL, a co-production with Sixteen Films which screened in competition at Cannes in 2014.

Other recent films include WHAT RICHARD DID (Lenny Abrahamson), starring Jack Reynor, which opened to great acclaim at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, SHADOW DANCER (James Marsh) starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE (Paolo Sorrentino) starring Sean Penn and Frances McDormand, THE GUARD (John Michael McDonagh), starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle (currently the most successful independent Irish film of all time), GARAGE, the follow up film to the award-winning ADAM & PAUL (EFA-nominated for the script), from the same team of writer Mark O’Halloran and director Lenny Abrahamson, which was selected for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2007 and won the CICAE Art and Essai award, THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (Ken Loach), starring Cillian Murphy, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and the EFA’s cinematography award, and THE MAGDALENE SISTERS (Peter Mullan) which won the Golden Lion at Venice in 2001 and was nominated for the European Film Awards.

Element Pictures has received financial support from Eurimages for ALL GOOD CHILDREN by Alicia Duffy (2009) which screened at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2010, ESSENTIAL KILLING by Jerzy Skolimowski (2009, EFA-nominated for cinematography), THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and starring Sean Penn, which screened at Cannes 2011, DARK TOUCH by Marina de Van, LE TEMPS DE L’AVENTURE by Jérôme Bonnell (2012) and, more recently, THE LOBSTER by Yorgos Lanthimos (2013) and 11 MINUTES by Jerzy Skolimowski (2013).

The EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – Prix EURIMAGES will be presented during the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December 2014.

Berlin and Strasbourg, 17 November 2014

The European Film Awards 2014 are presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Riga City Council, Foundation Riga 2014, Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-Programme of the EU, FFA German Federal Film Board, German State Lottery Berlin, German State Minister for Culture and the Media, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in co-operation with Aveda, GLS, Latvian Television, M∙A∙C, and ZDF/ARTE.

Five Debut Films Nominated for European Film Awards

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The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film. This year’s nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Members Ilann Girard (France) and Dagmar Jacobsen (Germany), EFA Members Paul Negoescu (Romania) and José Luis Cienfuegos (Spain), as well as Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Poland), Marco Spagnoli (Italy) and Neil Young (UK) as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

Nominated are:

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY

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Spain
DIRECTED BY: Carlos Marques-Marcet WRITTEN BY: Carlos Marques-Marcet & Clara Roquet
PRODUCED BY: Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Jana Díaz Juhl, Danielle Schleif & Pau Brunet

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UK
DIRECTED BY: Yann Demange
WRITTEN BY: Gregory Burke
PRODUCED BY: Angus Lamont

PARTY GIRL
France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis
PRODUCED BY: Marie Masmonteil & Denis Carot

THE TRIBE
PLEMYA
Ukraine
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
PRODUCED BY: Valentyn Vasyanovych & Iya Myslytska

WOUNDED
LA HERIDA 
Spain
DIRECTED BY: Fernando Franco
WRITTEN BY: Fernando Franco & Enric Rufas
PRODUCED BY: Koldo Zuazua

The nominated films will soon be submitted to the more than 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Discovery 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December – streamed live here. 

15 Short Film Nominations for European Film Awards 2014

transformThe European Film Academy and EFA Productions are proud to present this year’s short film nominations. At each of the 15 participating film festivals, an independent jury presented one European short film in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

Nominated are:

Vila do Conde Short Film Nominee
A TOWN CALLED PANIC: THE CHRISTMAS LOG
PANIQUE AU VILLAGE: LA BÛCHE DE NOËL
by Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier
Belgium/France 2014, 26’30 min, animation

Venice Short Film Nominee
DAILY BREAD
PAT-LEHEM
by Idan Hubel
Israel 2014, 18 min, fiction

Grimstad Short Film Nominee
DINOLA
დინოლა
by Mariam Khatchvani
Georgia 2013, 14’38 min, fiction

Sarajevo Short Film Nominee
EMERGENCY CALLS
HÄTÄKUTSU
by Hannes Vartiainen & Pekka Veikkolainen
Finland 2013, 15 min, documentary

Cork Short Film Nominee
LITTLE BLOCK OF CEMENT WITH DISHEVELLED HAIR CONTAINING THE SEA
PEQUEÑO BLOQUE DE CEMENTO CON PELO ALBOROTADO CONTENIENDO EL MAR
by Jorge López Navarrete
Spain 2013, 16 min, fiction

Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Nominee
PRIDE
directed by Pavel Vesnakov
Bulgaria/Germany 2013, 30 min , fiction

Locarno Short Film Nominee
SHIPWRECK
by Morgan Knibbe
The Netherlands 2014, 15 min, documentary

Drama Short Film Nominee
STILL GOT LIVES_
ICH HAB NOCH AUFERSTEHUNG_
by Jan-Gerrit Seyler
Germany 2013, 23 min, fiction

Krakow Short Film Nominee
SUMMER 2014
LATO 2014
by Wojciech Sobczyk
Poland 2014, 12 min, animation

Berlin Short Film Nominee
TAPROBANA
directed by Gabriel Abrantes
Portugal/Denmark/Sao Tomé and Principe/Sri Lanka 2014, 24 min, fiction

Bristol Short Film Nominee
THE CHICKEN
by Una Gunjak
Germany/Croatia 2014, 15 min, fiction

Rotterdam Short Film Nominee
THE CHIMERA OF M.
by Sebastian Buerkner
UK 2013, 25 min, animation

Valladolid Short Film Nominee
THE MISSING SCARF
by Eoin Duffy
Ireland 2013, 6’35 min, animation

Tampere Short Film Nominee
WALL
FAL
by Simon Szabó
Hungary 2013, 11 min, fiction

Ghent Short Film Nominee
WHALE VALLEY
HVALFJORD
by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson
Denmark/Iceland 2013, 15 min, fiction

The nominated films will soon be submitted to the over 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Short Film 2014 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December – streamed live here.

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EFA: Honorary Award for Steve McQueen

SteveMcQueen_by_Thierry_Bal_730In recognition of a unique contribution to the world of film the European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Steve McQueen with the honorary award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA.

British video artist Steve McQueen began making short-subject works, almost exclusively silent and black-and-white. They included the short Bear (1993), which depicts a brief and unusual encounter between two naked men; the 1997 Deadpan, in which a gentleman stands in the middle of a building as it repeatedly collapses around him; and Drumroll (1998), for which McQueen affixed cameras to a barrel and rolled the barrel through the streets of Manhattan.

In 2008, Steve McQueen got immediate international recognition with Hunger, his debut feature. Starring Michael Fassbender, it dramatizes the last painful months of IRA activist Bobby Sands in Belfast’s Maze Prison. The film won the Golden Camera and FIPRESCI Award in Cannes and continued winning over 40 awards world-wide, among them a BAFTA, six Irish IFTAs and the EFA’s European Discovery of the Year.

His second feature, Shame, again with Michael Fassbender in the lead, offers a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us. The film won the Young Cinema Award, FIPRESCI Prize and Volpi Cup for Michael Fassbender in Venice 2011 and again continued winning more than 40 international awards, among them two European Film Awards (cinematography & editing).

Steve McQueen’s third feature 12 Years A Slave went on an impressive international festival tour, was released in 48 countries and won more than 200 awards, among them an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year, a BAFTA and two IFTAs.

Steve McQueen will be an honorary guest at the 27th European Film Awards Ceremony on 13 December 2014 in Riga, streamed live here.

European Film Academy Nominates Three Animation Films

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The European Film Academy proudly announces the three nominations in the category EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2014

A committee consisting of EFA Board Members Marek Rozenbaum, producer (Israel) and Roberto Cicutto, producer (Italy), as well as Doris Cleven (Director Anima, Belgium), Wolfgang Spindler (journalist, Euronews, France) and Caroline Cor (production analyst, feature films department, CNC, France), all three of them representatives of CARTOON, the European Association of Animation Film, decided on the following nominations:

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART
JACK ET LA MECANIQUE DU CŒUR
France/Belgium, 93 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Mathias Malzieu & Stéphane Berla
ANIMATION: Nicolette Ceccoli, Stéphane Martinez & Robert Cepo

MINUSCULE – VALLEY OF THE LOST ANTS
MINUSCULE – LA VALLÉE DES FOURMIES PERDUES
France/Belgium, 88 min
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Thomas Szabo & Hélène Giraud

THE ART OF HAPPINESS
L’ARTE DELLA FELICITÁ 
Italy, 84 min
DIRECTED BY: Alessandro Rak
WRITTEN BY: Alessandro Rak & Luciano Stella
ANIMATION: Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Dario Sansone, Marino Guarnieri, Annarita Calligaris, Ivana Verze, Laura Sammati, Antonia Emanuela Angrisani, Corrado Piscitelli, Flavio Di Biase, Giorgio Siravo, Sergio  Chimenti, Ilaria Jones, Antonio Funaro, Danilo Florio, Mirko Prota, Alberto Panico, Paolo Acampora & Marco Iannaccone

The nominated films will soon be submitted to the over 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Animated Feature Film 2014 will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December – streamed live on www.europeanfilmawards.eu 

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The European Film Awards 2014 are presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Riga City Council, Foundation Riga 2014, Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-Programme, FFA German Federal Film Board, German State Lottery Berlin, German State Minister for Culture and the Media, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in co-operation with LTV and ZDF/ARTE.

Vote Opens for EFA People’s Choice Award 2014

transformEvery year, the EFA People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for: the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees for the awards ceremony in Riga!  Film fans can cast their vote on the official website and win a trip to the 27th European Film Awards on Saturday, 13 December 2014, in Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014!

New Online Era of Submission & Selection Procedures for the European Film Awards

reelport-onlineFilmSubmissionReelport and the European Film Academy (EFA) are pleased to announce that PicturePipe will provide an online platform that will allow producers to submit films to the European Film Awards. Once the films are submitted, they can be watched and evaluated online by the EFA Committees and members. The new service will also include the option of downloading the films, when authorized by the rights-holder.

“It is great to have PicturePipe on board as a partner for the European Film Awards,” said Marion Döring, director of the EFA. “With our new platform we will make life easier for both the producers and our members who will nominate the films for the European Film Awards.”

During the submission process, hundreds of films will be evaluated by different EFA Committees before being nominated, in a second step, by the EFA Members. The new platform offered by PicturePipe will manage this process from beginning to end.

“Delivering the films in the most efficient and most secure way to the EFA Members is a new challenge for us after providing VoD solutions primarily for film markets and festivals,” says Tilman Scheel, CEO of Reelport. “We are happy to customize our solution to the specific requirements of the EFA and, of course, we are happy to promote European films.”