updated regulations for 2017 will be available at the end of March

2016 Regulations:

A committee of EFA Members and documentary experts selects candidates for the category EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY. Films taken into consideration must have a minimum length of 70 minutes. They must have had either an official screening at a festival on the the list of festivals approved by EFA for this purpose or a theatrical release in at least one European country after 1 July 2015. 
The selected documentaries are made available as VOD to the EFA Members who vote for five nominations and, based on these, elect the winner. The award is presented at the awards ceremony.

Deadline to submit documentary films for consideration is 31 May 2016.

Contact for film submission and further information: submission

* The criteria whereby a film qualifies as European are based upon the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, Appendix II, issued by the Council of Europe. A short film qualifies as European when the director was born in Europe or is of a European nationality. European, in the sense of the European Film Academy, means geographical Europe, both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian.