Council of Europe Film Award (FACE)

The Council of Europe presents the FACE award at the International Istanbul Film Festival to the director of a film that raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and creates better understanding of their importance.

The FACE award is intended to honour an artistic or documentary film that promotes human rights in accordance with the values of the Council of Europe and the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law.

The FACE award consists of a sculpture in bronze (created by Freddy Ruhlmann, entitled "Spirale de l'élévation") and a cash prize of 10000 € financed by the Council of Europe Directorate of Communication and by Eurimages, the Council of Europe European Cinema Support Fund, each contributing five thousand euros.

2013 : ''Syngue Sabour'' wins Film Award of the Council of Europe'

The 2013 Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) was awarded to Afghan director Atiq Rahimi for his film entitled "Syngue Sabour" ("The Patience Stone") which denounces violence against women by shedding light on a grim and complex reality which would otherwise remain hidden.

The Jury also decided to award two special mentions : the first one to Bosniac director, Danis Tanovic, for his film "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" which brings to the fore a simple and touching story of poverty and discrimination, and to South-Korean director Muel O. for his film " Ji Seul" on the Korean conflict of 1948.

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2012 : ''Just the Wind'' wins Film Award of the Council of Europe

The 2012 Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) was awarded to Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf for his film entitled Just the Wind / Sadece Rüzgâr. The award was presented by Jury President Juanita Wilson and was handed to Bence Fliegauf by Ambassador Rauf Engin Soysal, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe. Photo from l. to r. : Rauf Engin Soysal, Juanita Wilson and Bence Fliegauf. (more...)

2011: Council of Europe Film Award goes to Irish Director Juanita Wilson

Juanita Wilson received the 5th Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) for her film ''As if I'm Not There'', during the closing ceremony of the 30th international film festival in Istanbul on 16 April. The award is presented to the director of a film that raises public awareness of human rights issues and fosters a better understanding of their importance. Photo : James Flynn, Juanita Wilson, winner FACE 2011, Daryal Batıbay. (more...)

2010: ''Ajami'' wins Film Award of the Council of Europe

Deputy Secretary General, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, presented on 17 April the fourth Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) to Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, during the closing ceremony of the 29th international film festival in Istanbul (Turkey). The Human Rights Jury described the film as an ''original tale of a multilayered society where different religions, beliefs, traditions and interests have to co-exist''. (more...)