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.

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