European University Film Award 2019

The Culture of Debating

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Introduced in 2016, is now an official EFA category.

It is presented by university students from across Europe. Based on the EFA Feature Film Selection and the EFA Documentary Selection 2019 a committee consisting of producer Carlo Cresta-Dina (Italy), EFA Board Member Joanna Szymańska (producer/Poland) and university representative Dagmar Brunow (Linnaeus University, Sweden) has decided on the nominations.

NOMINATED WERE:

AND THEN WE DANCED

DA CHVEN VITSEKVET

Sweden, Georgia, France

Written & Directed by Levan Akin

Produced by Mathilde Dedye & Ketie Danelia

GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA

GOSPOD POSTOI, IMETO I’ E PETRUNYA

North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, France, Croatia

Directed by Teona Stugar Mitevska

Written by Elma Tataragic & Teona Strugar Mitevska

Produced by Labina Mitevska

PIRANHAS

LA PARANZA DEI BAMBINI

Italy

Directed by Claudio Giovannesi

Written by Roberto Saviano, Claudio Giovannesi & Maurizio Braucci

Produced by Carlo Degli Esposti & Nicola Serra

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

PORTRAIT DE LA JEUNE FILLE EN FEU

France

Written & Directed by Céline Sciamma

Produced by Bénédicte Couvreur

SYSTEM CRASHER

SYSTEMSPRENGER

Germany

Written & Directed by Nora Fingscheidt

Produced by Jonas Weydemann, Peter Hartwig, Jakob Weydemann & Frauke Kolbmüller

The nominated films were then viewed and discussed in 25 universities in 25 countries and each institution selected its favourite film. In early December, one student representative from each university attended a three-day deliberation meeting to decide on the overall winner. The winner was then announced on 5 December and the presentation takes place on 6 December, on the eve of the 32nd European Film Awards on 7 December in Berlin.

 The aim of this 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 European University Film Award 2019 is made possible with the support of the Joachim Herz Stiftung and the Hamburg Ministry for Science, Research and Equalities and in close collaboration with NECS–European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.