2018 Regulations:

The award is presented to the director of a documentary film. Eligible candidates must be born in Europe or hold a European* passport.

Documentary films taken into consideration must have a minimum length of 70 minutes. Between 1 June 2017 and 31 May 2018, they must have either had a theatrical release in at least one European country or been screened at one of the following documentary festivals:

  • Cinéma du Réel (France)
  • CPH:DOX (Denmark)
  • Docslisboa (Portugal)
  • DokLeipzig (Germany)
  • IDFA (The Netherlands)
  • Jihlava (Czech Republic)
    Krakow Film Festival (Poland)
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece)
  • Visions du Réel (Switzerland)

or at a European competitive feature film festival accredited by FIAPF.

Films have to be submitted by their rights holders. The version submitted has to be the original language version with English subtitles.

Submission deadline for documentary films is 31 May 2018.

A committee of EFA Members and documentary experts selects 15 documentaries from all films submitted or suggested by the above festivals.

Contact for film submission and further information: submission

*  European, in the sense of the European Film Academy, means geographical Europe, both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian.