Feature Films

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

2016 Regulations:

Eligibility

Feature films participating in the European Film Awards 2016 must be European* feature-length fiction films intended for normal theatrical release which must have had their first official screening (be it at a festival or at a regular cinema) after 1 July 2015. The EFA Board has the right in exceptional cases to refrain from this rule.

Submission deadline is 31 May 2016 

Contact for film submission and further information: submission

Selection procedure

The selection of approx. 40-50 films proposed to the EFA Members to be considered for a nomination is made as follows:

  • In the 20 (twenty) European countries with the highest number of EFA Members (as of 15 March 2016) these members vote directly for one film from among the national feature films released in their country or screened at festivals after 1 July 2015. With a minimal voter turnout of 25%, the film having received the highest number of votes in each of these countries will automatically be included in the selection of films, provided it corresponds to the regulations of the European Film Awards. Should the voter turnout be less than 25%, the EFA Board has the right to establish which film shall be added to the selection.
  • the selection of the approx. 20-30 remaining films is made by a committee composed of members of the EFA Board and a group of experts appointed by the Board. These remaining films are selected from proposals submitted before 31 May by European film institutions, festivals, trade magazines, media partners, members of the European Film Academy, EFA Patrons and producers of European films.

As a result, the committee recommends to the EFA members

  • around 40-50 films, 20 of them elected directly by EFA Members, the others selected from all proposals received as explained above.

To give all candidates an equal chance, the films selected are made available as VOD to the EFA Members for the nomination procedure.

Producers of European films whose films are not among the recommended films may – upon payment of a fee – make their films available to the EFA Members as VOD.

Nomination procedure

There are five nominations in each of the following categories:

EUROPEAN FILM
EUROPEAN DIRECTOR
EUROPEAN ACTRESS
EUROPEAN ACTOR
EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER

Based on the selection lists and the films made available by producers, four of the nominations in each of these categories are voted for by the EFA Members. The EFA Board adds one nomination in each category, irrespective of whether a film was included in the Selection or not. 

These nominations will be announced four weeks prior to the European Film Awards Ceremony.

There are additional nominations in each of the following categories:

EUROPEAN COMEDY (3 films)
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – Prix FIPRESCI (5 films)
EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM (3 films)

These nominations are decided by individual committees and announced after the conclusion of the respective nomination procedure.

Election of the winners

Based on the nominations, the members of the European Film Academy vote for the winners in the following categories:

EUROPEAN FILM
EUROPEAN COMEDY
EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY see details
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY – Prix FIPRESCI
EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
EUROPEAN SHORT FILM see details
EUROPEAN DIRECTOR
EUROPEAN ACTRESS
EUROPEAN ACTOR
EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER

Based on the selection list and the films made available by producers, a special excellence awards jury decides on the awards recipients in the following categories:

EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER – PRIX CARLO DI PALMA 
EUROPEAN EDITOR 
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 
EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER 
EUROPEAN HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST
EUROPEAN COMPOSER 
EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER 

There shall be no nominations in these categories. 

* 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