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.

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FACE Film Award was given to the film Mediterranea, directed by Jonas Carpignano

The film El Abrazo de la Serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra won the Special Mention

Mediterranea is a sensitive and realistic account of the dangers, suffering and injustices faced by sub-Saharan migrants who end up in Europe.  Harsh working conditions, precarious living conditions and modern slavery infused by ambient racism all gradually feed feelings of rebellion.  Violence and confrontation are brewing…

 The Embrace of the Serpent clearly and poetically conveys the message that colonialism does not just strip the conquered peoples of their wealth and possessions at the cost of the shameless destruction of their natural resources; it steals their culture from them and destroys their identity. “Unless we force the white man to understand us, we will be doomed; it will be the end of everything.”

The 2016 Audentia Award for best female director was presented to Anca Damian (The Magic Mountain) during the closing ceremony of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival Eurimages. The award, a cash prize of 30 000 euros, has been instigated by Eurimages alongside a raft of other measures to promote greater gender equality in the European film industry.