I, DANIEL BLAKE Wins First European University Film Award (EUFA)

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I, DANIEL BLAKE Wins First European University Film Award (EUFA) 

The European Film Academy (EFA) and Filmfest Hamburg congratulate I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach, winner of the first European University Film Award. 

Ken Loach
picture: EFA/Erik Riikoja

The winner was announced in the framework of the European Film Awards Weekend in Wrocław, at the welcome reception hosted by the Creative Europe Desk Poland and the New Horizons Association. Presented by Albert Wiederspiel, director of Filmfest Hamburg, the award was received by the film’s producer Rebecca O’Brien and the main actor Dave Johns. 

The nominated films were viewed and discussed in 13 universities in 13 countries and each institution selected its favourite film. One student representative from each university then attended a two-day deliberation meeting to decide on the overall winner.

From the jury statement: "With a strong critique, Ken Loach has the courage to show what the media and the general ideology have been ignoring. It makes us question not only the tendency in society but also the connection between our existence and citizenship. Thanks to its straightforward narration, I, DANIEL BLAKE manages to show how bureaucracy and the State are involved in our lives. It puts it in a way that is accessible for all audiences to understand and is a necessary critique of the obsolete governmental apparatus that not only resonate in the United Kingdom, but in Europe as a whole."

The aim of this new initiative by the European Film Academy (EFA) and Filmfest Hamburg  is to involve a younger audience, to spread the “European idea” and to transport the spirit of European cinema to an audience of university students. It shall also support film dissemination, film education and the culture of debating.

The initiative is supported by the Körber Foundation (www.koerber-stiftung.de), The Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. (www.toepfer-stiftung.de) and Creative Europe Desk Hamburg (www.creative-europe-desk.de) and realised in co-operation with NECS–European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (www.necs.org) and Prix collégial du cinéma québécois (PCCQ) (www.prixcollegialducinema.ca)

The European Film Awards Ceremony with the presentation of the winners will take place tonight at 20.15, broadcast live on TVN in Poland and streamed at www.europeanfilmawards.eu

Wroclaw, 10 December 2016

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