Jury Unveils First Seven EFA Winners

Awards for Cinematography, Editing, Design, Costumes, Hair & Make-Up, Music and Sound

The European Film Academy announces the first winners who will be honoured at this year’s European Film Awards. A special seven-member jury convened in Berlin and, based on the EFA Selection list and the additional film entries, decided on the winners in the categories cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, hair & make-up, composer and sound design.  The members of the jury were: 

Benoît Barouh, production designer, France 
Paco Delgado, costume designer, Spain 
Martin Gschlacht, cinematographer, Austria 
Dean Humphreys, sound designer, UK 
Era Lapid, editor, Israel 
Waldemar Pokromski, make-up artist, Poland 
Giuliano Taviani, composer, Italy 

The European Film Academy congratulates the following awards recipients:

European Cinematographer 2016 – Prix Carlo di Palma:

Camilla Hjelm Knudsen
for LAND OF MINE

Camilla Hjelm Knudsen’s cinematography creates a tension that supports the uniquely suggestive atmosphere of the film with great perfection. From the first moment, the visual language captures and impresses the spectator, demonstrating in great subtlety how much composition and lighting can contribute to the dramaturgy of a film and support story and characters in an unobtrusive way.

European Editor 2016:

Anne Østerud & Janus Billeskov Jansen
for THE COMMUNE

The editing creates a light and humoristic atmosphere and then changes this into a feeling of losing control, when all that was planned by the heroine is turning against her. While doing all this, the editing also underlines what is so essential to this film in particular: the movement between the single person and the commune at every given moment of the film.

European Production Designer 2016:

Alice Normington
for SUFFRAGETTE

Avoiding the dangers of a visual representation of the period, with great sensitivity the beautiful production design by Alice Normington offers a natural view of the beginning of the century in London, allowing us to watch the movie without feeling the weight of its reconstruction.

European Costume Designer 2016:

Stefanie Bieker
for LAND OF MINE

With extraordinary attention to detail, Stefanie Bieker achieves a high level of realism and at the same time an intense lyricism that the clothes breathe throughout the story. She takes extreme care to express the different characters, making each of them look like an individual, and, in doing so she surpasses the difficulty of working with the restrained palette of uniforms and the negation of individuality that they represent. The evident harmony with the other visual departments makes every frame of this movie come alive.

European Hair & Make-up Artist 2016:

Barbara Kreuzer
for LAND OF MINE

The make-up in the LAND OF MINE stands out in a discreet and unobtrusive way, at the same time contributing to the dramaturgy of the film. Hair and faces perfectly match the costumes creating magnificent, full characters.

European Composer 2016:

Ilya Demutsky
for THE STUDENT

The music, with its contemporary sacred structure, expresses intensely the dark fascination of the spiral of intolerance that religious fanaticism can generate.

European Sound Designer 2016:

Radosław Ochnio
for 11 MINUTES

The sound design is hugely important for the understanding of the main characters and their anxieties. It successfully, in combination with the music, supports the story with its clever use of changing between 'real life' sound and a focus on the gradually increasing emotional and physical conflict that unfolds throughout the movie. The sound design never imposes itself too much but is a vital and very well crafted part of it.