The European Film Academy (EFA) and the Tampere Film Festival congratulate:

Tampere Short Film Candidate
by Bogdan Muresanu
Romania, fiction, 20 min


On the 20th of December 1989, a few days after Ceausescu’s bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

The film also received the Best Fiction Category Prize and the Audience Award of the International Competition. According to the International Jury of the Festilval, Cadoul de Craciun “succeeds to describe the intense feeling of fear, when living in a dictatorship, that pushes us to do irrational things”.

The international jury consisted of Nicole Fernández Ferrer, co-ordinator of the Audiovisual Simone de Beauvoir Centre in Paris, cinematographer Adrian Silisteanu (Romania), director Miia Tervo (Finland), Birgitte Weinberger, director of the OFF – Odense International Film Festival (Denmark), and festival director and programmer Koyo Yamashita (Japan).

THE CHRISTMAS GIFT is now a candidate for a nomination in the category 'European Short Film' at the 32nd European Film Awards.

The EFA Short Film Programme is organised by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

The next candidate for 2019 will be presented in co-operation with the Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen.

When the annual cycle is completed, a committee appointed by the EFA Board will nominate five short films from this list. Afterwards, the more than 3,500 EFA Members – film professionals from all over Europe – will vote for the overall winner that will be presented at the 32nd European Film Awards Ceremony in Berlin.

Berlin, 11 March 2019