One of the best-known German faces in international cinema, Moritz Bleibtreu first shot to international attention as Manni in Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN (1998). He was nominated in 2001 for the EFA People’s Choice Award for THE EXPERIMENT by Oliver Hirschbiegel and in 2009 for European Actor for his role as Andreas Baader in THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX by Uli Edel. He played Illias Kazantsakis in Fatih Akin's SOUL KITCHEN, nominated for the People's Choice Award and as European Film 2010.
Ever since the nomination of BILLY ELLIOT for the European Film Awards 2000, Stephen Daldry has been connected to the European Film Academy. His film THE READER was nominated for the 2009 European Film Awards in three categories (European Film, Actress, and Actor). He then directed EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE after the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Maria de Medeiros
actress / director, Portugal
The Portuguese actress (Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION, TRÊS IRMÃOS by Teresa Villaverde, Guy Maddin’s THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, IL RESTO DI NIENTE by Antonietta de Lillo, HUHN MIT PFLAUMEN by Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi, and JE NE SUIS PAS MORT by Mehdi Ben Attia) and director (CAPITÃES DE ABRIL, JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS) is a true, multilingual European artist. Together with her Catalan colleague Juanjó Puigcorbé, she hosted the European Film Awards 2004 in Barcelona.
Be it as a nominee (2006 for AFTER THE WEDDING by Susanne Bier, 2008 for FLAME AND CITRON by Ole Christian Madsen, 2012 for THE HUNT by Thomas Vinterberg) or as a presenter (2007 in Berlin, 2008 in Copenhagen, 2012 in Malta), the Danish star (known from Nicolas Winding Refn’s PUSHER films, THE GREEN BUTCHERS by Anders Thomas Jensen, and the James Bond film CASINO ROYALE) very much enjoys the company of his European fellows every time he attends the European Film Awards. In 2011 he received the honorary award European Achievement in World Cinema.
After several short films and the feature OCCIDENT, Cristian Mungiu was the great Romanian discovery for the international audience when his film 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS & 2 DAYS won the Palme d’Or in Cannes in 2007 and the award for European Film 2007 at the European Film Awards. He was again nominated in 2012 for the script of BEYOND THE HILLS.
Kim Rossi Stuart
Having started his acting career at the age of five, among Kim Rossi Stuart’s latest works have been Gianni Amelio’s THE KEYS TO THE HOUSE, Michele Placido’s CRIME NOVEL, and now Francesca Archibughi’s A MATTER OF HEART. In 2006 he wrote, directed and acted in the film ALONG THE RIDGE.
The Spanish actress received her first Goya for her role as Julia in THE SEA INSIDE by Alejandro Amenábar and has been a friend of the European Film Academy since her nomination for THE ORPHANAGE by Juan Antonio Bayona in 2008. With Spain, she represents a country where the Academy experiences great enthusiasm and interest in the European Film Awards.
Johanna ter Steege
actress, the Netherlands
After her dream debut in THE VANISHING, for which she was awarded in the very first European Film Awards in 1988, Johanna ter Steege prospered in films by internationally renowned directors such as Robert Altman and István Szabó. Among her many films are J’ENTEND PLUS LA GUITARE by Philippe Garell, SWEET EMMA, DEAR BÖBE by István Szabó, PARADISE ROAD by Bruce Beresford, and Dutch titles like GUERNSEY by Nanouk Leopold and AU REVOIR by Heddy Honigmann. The Dutch actress Johanna ter Steege has been a very faithful ally of the European Film Academy since its beginnings.
The popular Polish actor and comedian Maciej Stuhr has had roles in films by renowned directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Agnieszka Holland and Krzysztof Warlikowski to name but a few, and among his latest films are titles like THE WEDDING and 33 SCENES FROM LIFE. Together with French actress Sophie Marceau, he hosted the 2006 European Film Awards Ceremony in Warsaw and has been a much-appreciated guest at the European Film Awards ever since.
director/screenwriter, Bosnia & Herzegovina
His film NO MAN’S LAND won the European Film Awards 2001 (Screenwriter) and a total of 42 awards, and brought the absurd reality of war to the conscience of people across Europe and the world. He went on to make L’ENFER, based on the script by Krzysztof Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz. His most recent films include TRIAGE (2009), starring Colin Farrell, Paz Vega and Christopher Lee, CIRKUS COLUMBIA (2010), starring Miki Manojlović and Mira Furlan, and AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER which won the Grand Jury Prize in Berlin and was part of the EFA Selection 2013.