The Annual EFA Programme
Throughout the year, the European Film Academy (EFA) initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects. The programme includes conferences, seminars and workshops, and a common goal is to build a bridge between creativity and the industry. Some of EFA’s events have already become an institution for encounters within the European film community:
- A Sunday in the Country is a special weekend encounter between appr. ten young European filmmakers and some established EFA members. The private atmosphere of these gatherings guarantees an exchange of ideas and experience which goes far beyond the results of usual workshops.
- Conferences and Seminars Every year, a series of conferences initiated and/or supported by the European Film Academy enhance a European debate on film, create platforms for a vivid exchange among film professionals, and ensure that the discussion of what European film is, how it is changing and where it is going never expires.
- Master Classes offer valuable training opportunities for young talent, combining theoretical and practical training. The high-profile list of former masters includes renowned film professionals such as Jean-Jacques Annaud, André Delvaux, Anthony Dod Mantle, Bernd Eichinger, Tsui Hark, Stefan Jarl, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Jiri Menzel, Mike Newell, Hervé Schneid, Allan Starski, Tilda Swinton, István Szabó, and Marc Weigert.
- The Short Film Initiative is an initiative the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, one European short film wins a nomination for the European Film Awards.
- 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, giving these films an additional platform.
- The EFA YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD will be presented for the fifth time in 2016. On 8 May – Young Audience Film Day - three nominated films will be screened in various countries to an audience of 12-14 year-old film-lovers who will then elect the award recipient.
- FAN of Europe is the network of national film academies and the European Film Academy. Founded in 2006, the members of FAN of Europe (FilmAcademiesNetwork of Europe) – all of whom are bodies presenting their respective national film awards and the European Film Awards – meet regularly in order to share information and experiences and to develop ideas for joint activities to promote European cinema, as well as educating and nurturing young talent.