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.
  • Master Classes offer valuable training opportunities for young talent, combining theoretical and practical training.
  • EFA Shorts is the European Film Academy’s short film tour, which brings the latest EUROPEAN SHORT FILM candidates, nominees and winner to audiences across Europe – and beyond.
  • The EFA Young Audience Award which presents three nominated films to an audience across Europe of 12-14-year-old film-lovers who then elect the award recipient. 
  • The LUX Audience Award which is presented in co-operation with the European Parliament and in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas.

Other Activities

  • 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.
  • ICFR: Founded by the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, International Film Festival Rotterdam and the European Film Academy, the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk’s mission is to advocate for and to act in solidarity with filmmakers at risk.

  • Conferences and Seminars: initiated and/or supported by the European Film Academy, these 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.