[03.12.2012]– European Film Awards: 3 films, 6 awards! - The European Film Awards 2012, which took place on Saturday evening in Malta once again paid tribute to the co-production Amour by Michael Haneke, supported by Eurimages, by awarding this film the prizes of Best European Actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant), Best European Actress (Emmanuelle Riva), Best European Director and finally Best European Film 2012!
The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg, a co-production between Denmark and Sweden and also supported by Eurimages, was awarded Best European Screenwriter 2012 (Tobias Lindholm et Thomas Vinterberg) and the prize for Best Animated Feature Film 2012 went to Alois Nebel by Tomáš Luňák, a co-production between the Czech Republic, Germany and the Slovak Republic, supported by Eurimages.
The ceremony began with the EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD – Prix EURIMAGES which went to the Swedish producer Helena Danielsson , who thanked the Eurimages Board of Management for the recognition of her contribution to the success and development of European Co-productions. More information on the European Film Academy website.
[01.12.2012]– Co-Production Award - Prix EURIMAGES - for Helena Danielsson - This year's European Co-Production Award - Prix EURIMAGES, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, goes to Swedish producer Helena Danielsson. This award to be presented during the European Awards Ceremony in Malta on Saturday 1 December 2012 pays tribute to an outstanding and dedicated producer who also produced Eurimages supported films Neon Flesh by Paco Cabezas (2008), White White World by Oleg Novkovic (2009) and Snabba Cash by Daniel Espinosa. More information in the press release.
[22.11.2012]– Shun Li and the Poet wins the LUX Prize - The winner of the 2012 LUX Prize has been announced! The news came at the end of a ceremony during a European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, November 21. The respective directors of all three finalist films attended, but in the end it was Italian director Andrea Segre who won the competition with Shun Li and the Poet (supported by Eurimages) or the moving story of an impossible friendship between two poetic souls that cultures oppose.
This Italy-France co-production was chosen by the members of European Parliament over Bence Fliegauf's Just the Wind (also supported by Eurimages) and Miguel Gomes' Tabu.
All three films selected as finalists for the LUX Prize have been awarded subtitles in the 23 official languages of the European Union, as well as a 35 mm film copy for each member state from the European Parliament. As LUX Prize finalists, they were screened in several important film festivals and at the LUX Film Days across Europe.
[19.11.2012]– Eurimages Co-Production Development Award in Rome- In recognizing New Cinema Network, the International Project Workshop of the Rome Film Festival, as one of the three most important co-production markets in Europe, Eurimages has given for the third consecutive year the 2012 NCN Jury the task to assign the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of an amount of 30,000 Euro to the best project presented during NCN, that also fulfils the inspiring criteria and principles of co-production and cooperation among European countries of Eurimages.
The Jury recognised the high quality of the projects overall, balancing new talents with well-known international auteurs. The Jury decided to give a special mention to the Spotlight: China! selection for its diversity and creativity. The NCN Jury has assigned the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award to the project Mordogan by Jessica Krummacher to be produced by the German company Lieblingsfilm GmbH in Munich. The Executive Director Roberto Olla delivered the award during the closing ceremony of the New Cinema Network on 17 November 2012.
[15.11.2012]– A new tribute to the President of Eurimages - On 14 November 2012, Jobst Plog, the President of the Eurimages Fund, upon decision of the President of the Republic of Germany, was decorated at the Town Hall of Hambourg with the equivalent of the Legion of Honour (Grossen Bundesverdienstkreuzes) as a ranking Officer. In 1999, the German President had already awarded him with the "Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse" which is the French equivalent of the Knight of the Legion of Honour. On this occasion, Mr Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hambourg and former Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in Germany, paid tribute to Jobst Plog’s brilliant career within the heart of the German and European Cinematographic and Audiovisual industry and in particular to his role as President of Eurimages. Raised to the rank of Commander of Arts and Letters in 2002 (the highest distinction of this order) then decorated as Officer of the Legion of Honour in 2007 in France (after having been decorated as Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1998), Jobst Plog also received the Franco-German prize for journalism in 2005 for his commitment to the Franco-German cultural channel.
Jobst Plog took advantage of this new award to promote the essential role of the Eurimages Fund within the European Cinematographic industry. The Eurimages Secretariat joins the Board of Management in presenting their sincere congratulations and share their great pride in their President.
[13.11.2012]– Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen: and the winners are... - The 13th edition of the Etoiles et Toiles du Cinéma Européen ended yesterday evening with a closing ceremony during which the Jury awarded three prizes:
The Odyssée – Council of Europe Prize for Artistic Creation went to Andrea Segre for his co-production La Petite Venise (IT, FR) ;
The Odyssée – Council of Europe Prize for Human Rights went to Marc-Henri Wajnberg for his co-production Kinshasa Kids (BE, FR) and
A Special Jury Prize Odyssée - Council of Europe was awarded to Tolga Örnek for his co-production Labyrinthe (TR, DE).
[12.11.2012]- Eurimages Prize in Seville: Paradise: Faith by Ulrich Seidl ex-aequo with Sister by Ursula Meier - The Jury of the IXe edition of the Seville European Film Festival which ended last Saturday decided to award the Eurimages Prize for Best European Co-Production to two films ex-aequo: Paradise : Faith by Ulrich Seidl (AT, FR, DE) and Sister by Ursula Meier (CH, FR). This latter also obtained the Best Cinematography Award (Agnès Godard) while Paradise : Faith received the Best Script Award. The Grand Audience Award of the EFA section went to Love (AT, FR, DE) by Michael Haneke and the co-production between Denmark and Sweden called The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg obtained the ASECAN Prize (Asociación de Escritores Cinematográficos de Andalucía).
[05.11.2012] - At the Seville European Film Festival, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 25th European Film Awards. Leading the field is Love (FR, AT, DE) by Michael Haneke with six nominations, including film, directing and screenplay for Haneke, cinematography for Darius Khondji and two acting nominations for Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. It is followed by Thomas Vinterberg's Danish drama The Hunt (DK, SE) with five nominations (film, directing and screenplay for Vinterberg, the latter shared with Tobias Lindholm, as well as Mads Mikkelsen as actor). Nuri Bilge Ceylan is nominated in the category of the Best European Director 2012 award for his co-production Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (TR, BA) which is also selected for the Carlo di Palma European Cinematographer Award 2012 (Gökhan Tiryaki). Both Emilie Dequenne for her role in Our Children (BE, LU, CH, FR) by Joachim Lafosse and Margarethe Tiesel for her role in Paradise: Love (AT, FR, DE) by Ulrich Seidl are nominated for the Best European Actress 2012 award; Cristian Mungiu is selected in the category of the Best European Screenwriter 2012 for his co-production Beyond the Hills (RO, FR, BE). A Royal Affair (DK, SE, CZ, IE, LV) by Nikolaj Arcel is nominated in two categories: European Production Designer 2012 and European Composer 2012. François Couturier is also selected for his score for Shun Li and the Poet (IT, FR) by Andrea Segre. Alois Nebel (CZ, DE, SK) by Tomas Lunak is nominated among the European Film Academy Animated Feature Films 2012. All these European co-productions have been supported by Eurimages.
The 2,700 EFA members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the awards ceremony on 1st December in Malta.
[23.10.2012]– Araf among winners at Abu Dhabi Film Festival - Araf/Somewhere in Between [pictured], directed by Yesim Ustaglu and supported by Eurimages, won the Black Pearl Award for best narrative film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival which closed on 20 October 2012. This co-production between Turkey, France and Germany, which was selected in the Orizzonti competition of the 69th Venice International Film Festival, was also screened last week in the framework of the 50Th New York Film Festival.
[23.10.2012]– Fonteyne's Tango Libre wins Warsaw Grand Prix - Belgian filmmaker Frédéric Fonteyne’s Tango Libre was named the winner of this year’s Warsaw Grand Prix at an awards ceremony in the Polish capital on Saturday evening. This Eurimages supported co-production between Belgium, France and Luxembourg was premiered this year in Venice’s Orizzonti competition where it won the Special Jury Award. More information on the 28th Warsaw Fim Festival.
Vanishing Waves picks up Méliès d'Or at Sitges - After premiering at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival where it had a Special Jury Mention, the Eurimages supported co-production Vanishing Waves by Kristina Buozyte which brings together Lithuania, France and Belgium has just obtained the Méliès d'Or (Best European Fantastic Film Festival) awarded by the FEFFF (Fédération Européenne de Films Fantastiques) during a ceremony organised by the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. This sci-fi/romance film rewarded at the Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, also at the 9th Jameson CineFest in Hungary and the Austin Fantastic Fest where it obtained a sweep of awards continues its brilliant career, seducing audiences from Finland (at the ‘Love and Anarchy Festival’) to Busan.
[01.10.2012]– Blancanieves awarded Jury Special Prize in San Sebastian - Following on from its selection to represent Spain at the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category and its highly positive reception at the Toronto Film Festival last month, Pablo Berger's film Blancanieves, a Spanish-French co-production supported by Eurimages, was awarded the Special Jury Prize and the Silver Shell for Best Actress (Macarena García, pictured) in the official selection at the San Sebastian International Film Festival on 29 September. Michael Haneke's film Amour was also awarded the Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) at the festival's opening gala.
[10.09.2012] – 2 films supported by Eurimages awarded at the Venice Film Festival - Two Eurimages-supported films feature in the official awards of the 69th Venice International Film Festival which ended last week-end at the Lido:
- Paradise: Faith, Ulrich Seidl’s second feature in the Paradise trilogy (AT, FR, DE) selected in the official competition obtained the Special Jury Prize. This film was also awarded the CinemAvvenire Award for Best Film of Venezia 69.
- Tango Libre, a co-production between Belgium, France and Luxembourg directed by Frédéric Fonteyne and selected in the competition Horizons (Orizzonti) obtained the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize.
As part of the collateral awards, the film The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, a Belgian-Dutch co-production also supported by Eurimages and selected in the official competition, was awarded the Arca CinemaGiovani Award for Best Film of Venezia 69 as well as the Green Drop Award.
[03.09.2012]– The Last Sentence by Jan Troell rewarded in Montreal - Co-written by the Swedish director Jan Troell (pictured) and the Danish author Klaus Rifberg, this Eurimages-supported co-production between Sweden, Norway and Denmark which had its world premiere in the competition at the Grand Prix of the Americas during the 36th World Film Festival in Montreal (23 August-3 September 2012) received the Best Director Award.
Three other Eurimages-supported films were competing in the section “Focus on World Cinema”: Aurora (Vanishing Waves) by Kristina Buozyte (LT, FR, BE), Everybody in our Family by Radu Jude (RO, NL) and Parada (The Parade) by Srđjan Dragojević (RS, MK, HR, SI).
[23.07.2012]– Europe comes to Toronto... - The final line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 6-16 September) has been announced and will include a diverse range of European films, including three which received Eurimages support in the Masters programme: Amour (Love) by Michael Haneke (FR, AT, DE), Beyond the Hills by Cristian Mungiu (RO, BE, FR) and When Day Breaks by Goran Paskaljevic (FR, MK, RS).
15 other Eurimages-supported co-productions will be screened in the different sections of the Festival, including Margarethe Von Trotta’s latest feature Hannah Arendt (DE, FR, LU, IL) as well as Kon-Tiki by Espan Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (NO, SE, DK) and Patrice Leconte’s animation The Suicide Shop (FR, CA, BE) – these will all be shown at special screenings.
Furthermore, the Eurimages Fund will be sponsoring the 2012 edition of the Producers Lab Toronto, which is being organised by EFP (European Film Promotion) in collaboration with Canadian partners to facilitate and increase international co-productions between Europe and Canada.
[16.07.2012]– The Heart of Sarajevo melts for Everybody in our Family - The Jury of the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival has awarded the Prize for Best Film to the Eurimages-supported “Everybody in our Family” a co-production between Romania and the Netherlands directed by Radu Jude. The Award for Best Actress was given to Marija Pikic for her performance in the film “Djeca” (Children of Sarajevo) by Aida Begic, a co-production between Bosnia-Herzegovina, Turkey, France and Germany, also supported by Eurimages.
The Eurimages Co-production Development Award worth 30,000 euros, given in the framework of the CineLink co-production market, went to the project “A Blast” by Syllas Tzoumerkas (GR) produced by Maria Drandaki.
[02.07.2012]– Nastri d'Argento: Sorrention and Giordana rewarded - With This Must Be The Place (a co-production between Italy, Ireland and France supported by Eurimages), Paolo Sorrentino is the director of the Best Picture 2012, according to the SNGCI (Italian National Union of Film Journalists) who awarded their Nastri d'Argento on 30 June. The film by the Neapolitan director also won Best Cinematography (Luca Bigazzi) and Best Set Design (Stefania Cella). The Nastro for Best Screenplay went to the Italian-French co-production also supported by Eurimages Story of a Massacre written by its director Marco Tullio Giordana in collaboration with Stefano Rulli and Sandro Petraglia.
[29.05.2012]– Another Palme d'Or for Michael Haneke... and Eurimages! - Eurimages-supported films were showered with awards on Sunday evening at the closing ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival, with prizes going to four films selected in the official competition:
Palme d’Or for Amour (“Love”) by Michael Haneke (FR, AT, DE);
Best Actress award (Cristina Flutur & Cosmina Stratan) and Best Screenplay award for Beyond the hills by Cristian Mungiu (RO, FR, BE);
Best Actor award (Mads Mikkelsen) and the Ecumenical Jury Prize for Jagten (“The Hunt”) by Thomas Vinterberg (DK, SE); and
FIPRESCI Prize for In the Fog by Sergei Loznitsa (DE, NL, LV).
The two Eurimages-supported films in the Un Certain Regard competition were also successful, winning the Best Actress award (Emilie Dequenne) for the co-production A perdre la raison (“Our children”) by Joachim Lafosse (BE, LU, CH, FR), and a Special Distinction of the Jury for Djeca (“Children of Sarajevo”) by Aida Begic (BA, DE, FR, TR).
The President of the Eurimages Board of Management, the Executive Director and the entire Secretariat are delighted with this success, which strengthens the Eurimages Fund’s efforts in promoting European cinema through cultural diversity in the field of co-productions.
[15.05.2012]– 4 Eurimages films at the International Animation Film Festival of Annecy - The co-production Le Tableau by Jean-François Laguionie (FR-BE) has been selected in competition. The film The Moon Man by Stephan Schesch (DE-FR-IE) has been selected out of competition.
The animations The Suicide Shop by Patrice Leconte (FR-CA-BE) and Ernest et Célestine by Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier and Benjamin Renner (FR-LU-BE) will have their preview screenings at the Festival.
[11.05.2012] - 9 Eurimages supported films have been selected at the Cannes Film Festival, 5 of which in the Official Competition:
Amour by Michael Haneke (FR, AT, DE);
In the Fog by Sergei Loznitsa (DE, NL, LV);
Beyond the Hills by Cristian Mungiu (FR, BE, RO);
Paradies by Ulrich Seidl (AT, FR, DE) and
The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg (DK, SE).
The films Aimer à perdre la raison (Our Children) by Joachim Lafosse (BE, LU, CH, FR) and Djeca by Aida Begic (BA, DE, FR, TR) are selected in Un Certain Regard competition.
The co-production Ernest et Célestine by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner (FR, BE, LU) has been selected for the Directors' Fortnight section of the Festival.
Moreover, The Suicide Shop by Patrice Leconte (FR, CA, BE) is in official selection out of competition in the Cannes Junior section.
[19.04.2012]- International Istanbul Film Festival: "Just the Wind" wins the FACE Award of the Council of Europe - During the closing ceremony of the 31st International Istanbul Film Festival which took place on 14 April, the president of the FACE Jury , and the recipient of last year’s FACE Award with her film “As If I’m Not There”, Mrs Juanita Wilson, presented the 6th Council of Europe Film Award (FACE) to Bence Fliegauf, director of the film “Just the Wind”
FACE is an award presented each year, during the Istanbul Festival, to a film director who has particularly raised public awareness of human rights issues, thereby promoting greater understanding of their importance. The winner receives a bronze sculpture and a cash prize of 10 000 euros, jointly awarded with Eurimages.
[13.04.2012]- Study on the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production - Upon request from the Council of Europe, a study has been carried out on the performance of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. Whilst this analysis has demonstrated the success of this Convention which has facilitated co-productions and promoted international co-operation in the field of cinema, it also suggests modifications aimed at adapting this instrument to new technologies which affect cinematographic production. Consult the results of the study (document only available in English).
[14.03.2012]– Eurimages Board of Management reaffirms its confidence in the Executive Director - At its 126th plenary meeting in Luxembourg on 9 March 2012, the Eurimages Board of Management decided unanimously, by acclamation, to recommend that the Council of Europe renew the mandate of its Executive Director Mr Roberto Olla for a third two-year term running from 1 July 2012.
[28.02.2012]– 2 Eurimages Films awarded at the Césars - During the 37th Ceremony of the Césars which took place on 24 February, two Eurimages supported films received the following awards:
Best original screenplay
Pierre Schoeller – L’Exercice de l’Etat (FR, BE)
Best supporting actor
Michel Blanc – L’Exercice de l’Etat
Olivier Hespel, Julie Brenta and Jean-Pierre Laforce - L'exercice de l'Etat
Best first film
Le cochon de Gaza (FR, BE, DE) (trailer) - Sylvain Estibal
[21.02.2012]- European cinema triumphs in Berlin - The Jury of the 62nd Berlinale has rewarded the three Eurimages-supported co-productions selected in official competition with the Jury Grand Prix for Just the Wind by Benedek Fliegauf (Hungary, Germany, France), the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay for Rasmus Heisterberg and Nikolaj Arcel, the scriptwriters of A Royal Affair based on a novel by Bodil Steensen-Leth. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actor for his role in the same co-production between Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Ireland and Latvia. Specially acknowledged by the president of the international jury Mike Leigh, Ursula Meier received a special mention in the form of a Silver Bear for L’enfant d’en haut (Switzerland/France). The director said she was very honored by the marginal position that the jury had granted her, a position, she said, that suited her very well.
Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury and the Panorama Audience Award was given to Parada (The Parade), by Srdjan Dragojevic, a Eurimages supported co-production between Serbia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Slovenia.
[02.02.2012]- Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at Rotterdam's Cinemart - At the close of the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market CineMart which finished last night, the Jury decided to award the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award worth €30 000 to the project Humidity by Nikola Ljuca (Serbia), a co-production of Dart Film (Serbia) and Zischlermann Filmproduktion GbR (Germany). (read the article... )
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