European University Film Award 2019
The Culture of Debating
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.
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
LA PARANZA DEI BAMBINI
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
Written & Directed by Céline Sciamma
Produced by Bénédicte Couvreur
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.