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Call for the Immediate Release of Moataz Abdelwahab

The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR*) and its founding institutions, the European Film Academy, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and International Film Festival Rotterdam, together with Freemuse, the Human Rights Film Network, Movies that Matter Foundation and PEN America, as well as the Accademia del Cinema Italiano - Premi David di....


EFA Mourns Ennio Morricone

European cinema has lost a great composer and the European Film Academy has lost a dear friend: Ennio Morricone. The world-famous Italian composer, orchestrator and conductor created soundtracks for more than 500 films, among them unforgettable scores for films like A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966), ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968), ONCE....


Planting an EFA Forest

Teaming up with the Reykjavik Forest Association, and with the help of our friends from the Icelandic film community, EFA started planting a forest in Heiðmörk to make up for the various flights in connection with this year's European Film Awards in Reykjavik.   pictures by Lilja Jonsdottir


Drop Charges Against Russian Director Kirill Serebrennikov

On Friday, 26 June, Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court is expected to deliver the verdict in the criminal embezzlement case against Kirill Serebrennikov, a prominent theatre and film director in Russia, and his co-defendants: Sofia Apfelbaum, Alexei Malobrodsky, and Yuri Itin. The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) and its initiators, the European Film....


Spanish Tabernas Desert Added to Treasures of European Film Culture

The European Film Academy awards the Andalusian desert the title “Treasure of European Film Culture”.Between the 1950s and 2020, more than 300 films have been shot in the Tabernas Desert in the Spanish province of Almeria. Its great natural settings are most famous for the so-called “Spaghetti Western” films of the 60s and 70s. The central figure of this golden age of the....



The European Film Academy and the Krakow Film Festival congratulate: Candidate of Krakow Film FestivalTHE GOLDEN BUTTONSЗОЛОТЫЕ ПУГОВИЦЫRussia, documentary, 19 minWRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Alex EvstigneevPRODUCED BY Alex Kozmenko This Russian school for cadets has frozen in time. Although the boys can use mobile phones to talk to their family members and surf online and....



The European Film Academy and the VIS Vienna Shorts Festival congratulate: Candidate of VIS Vienna Shorts FestivalTHE BEST CITY IS NO CITY AT ALLDIE BESTE STADT IST KEINE STADTAustrial, documentary/essay, 15 minWRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Christoph Schwarz THE BEST CITY IS NO CITY AT ALL was selected by the festival's international online juries consisting of....


Matthijs Wouter Knol Confirmed as New EFA Director from 2021

The European Film Academy is happy to announce that Matthijs Wouter Knol will be the new EFA Director starting in January 2021. Picture: Berlinale/Angela RegenbrechtHaving studied Contemporary History at Leiden University (Netherlands) and at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (Italy), Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol worked as a freelance journalist and in film....


EFA Mourns Michel Piccoli

European cinema has lost a great actor and the European Film Academy has lost a dear friend: Michel Piccoli. One of France's most celebrated actors, Michel Piccoli's career spans over more than 70 years. He worked with Luis Buñuel, Jean-Luc Godard, Costa-Gavras, Alfred Hitchcock, Claude Sautet and Manoel de Oliveira, to name but a few, and won virtually every award there is.....


EFAs 2020: Submission Opens With Eligibility Change

A lot of film premieres at festivals or in cinemas had to be postponed or moved online due to the Coronavirus crisis. The European Film Academy (EFA) has therefore exceptionally extended the eligibility rules for films participating in the European Film Awards. The standard version of these rules includes the condition that a film’s first official screening (be it at a....

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