The EFA Patrons

The EFA Patrons are national institutions of film and/or culture as well as companies involved in the production, distribution and exhibition of European cinema which support the European Film Awards, some of them for the 22nd time already.


Miquel Curanta i Girona, Director

The Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies, the agency within the Ministry of Culture of Catalonia, which helps and promotes cultural companies and has been supporting the European Film Academy with the firm belief that it is essential to be part of an organisation, which not only promotes and gives visibility to European cinematography but also provides tools for its development


Jeanne Brunfaut, Director General

At Centre du Cinéma, we believe that cinema is a major factor for deepening the European identity. We are proud and happy to support the European Film Academy which remains a great window for the image of European films world-wide. We also believe that EFA will be an effective tool and help European decision makers understand the role of European cinema in the preservation of cultural diversity.


Dominique Boutonnat, President

France has successfully created an ambitious public policy based on cultural diversity. With 56 co-production agreements and programs for supporting film directors wherever they come from, France is a friend of all cinema world-wide. Seventy years after it was founded, the CNC continues to consolidate its role as an original ecosystem, envied and even imitated in many countries. Its aim is to fund the most singular French and international artists, to regulate the film and audiovisual markets, and also to maintain and promote the memory of the cinema of the past.


Claus Ladegaard, CEO

We are living in times of great change. The film industry, too, is characterised by fundamental game changers. European cultural politicians and institutions must relate to the new reality for content production within a globalised and digitised media world, where mega companies like Facebook, Netflix and Google are setting the agenda. This makes it even more important to maintain the strength and quality of cinematic narratives which take a local starting point to tell universal stories that are touching, challenging and entertaining. 


Roberto Olla, Executive Director

For 30 years, Eurimages has been supported a wealth of international co-productions and has made a major contribution to promoting cultural diversity through cinema. The fund encourages producers to strive for excellence in independent cinema. We are proud to be associated with the European Film Awards and to be able to honour highly talented producers who are passionate about independent cinema with the Eurimages Co-production Award.


Sehad Čekić, Director

Film Centre of Montenegro is the youngest film institution in Europe which is fully dedicated to the development of Montenegrin film industry, by supporting film production and promotion of Montenegrin films abroad. It is also dedicated to the development of film festivals and film education, and to creation of quality viewing habits among young audience, with the focus on European films. With the sense of sharing and spreading European cultural and social values and promotion of European cinema, Film Centre of Montenegro is truly proud to be one of the European Film Academy’s patrons.


Guy Daleiden, Managing Director

Luxembourg is a small country at the heart of Europe for whom being part of a European film family is essential. Our filmmakers benefit enormously from working and networking with their European peers, and our stories live and travel thanks to European co-production partners and our films are first and foremost European films. The Luxembourg Film Fund is therefore a proud patron to the European Film Academy. Every year, the European Film Awards champion and celebrate the best in European talent and in European co-productions. They are a window to the strength, the diversity and the vibrancy of European cinema, and year after year, they serve as a reminder of how great films can enrich our lives – as cinephiles, as individuals and as Europeans.


Mikael Fellenius, CEO

Film i Väst – Your Scandinavian Partner in Co-Productions

Film i Väst is one of Europe’s leading regional film funds, located on the Swedish west coast in Västra Götaland. Film i Väst is active as co-producer and investor in international and Swedish film and TV-drama. Film i Väst is a proud patron to European Film Academy´s support and profiling of European film. A task and mission which will be even more important in the future.


Lasse Saarinen, Managing Director

Finland proudly supports diverse European cinema and the European Film Academy!. The Finnish Film Foundation supports and promotes the Finnish film industry by allocating public funding for professional film production, exhibition and distribution. The Foundation is also responsible for the festival distribution and international promotion of Finnish films and it provides statistics and information about the film industry in Finland. The Foundation was set up in 1969 and it operates under the supervision of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.


Erwin Provoost

European films tell us something about who we are and where we come from. They also contribute to the cultural, social and democratic values of the society in which we live today. European cinema can increase the visibility of Europe in the world, and be a perfect ambassador for promoting these values. We are therefore excited to be among the European Film Academy’s patrons.


Laufey Guðjónsdóttir, Director

The Icelandic Film Centre supports the development, production and distribution of Icelandic films and promotes film culture in Iceland. One of our most important tasks is to encourage strong ties between Icelandic filmmakers and the international film community. In recent years we have welcomed many European productions to our shores, and our own films and filmmakers have benefited enormously from collaborations with our European partners. We are proud to be a patron of the European Film Academy and we look forward to a strong and fruitful relationship well into the future.


Luís Chaby Vaz, President

ICA – Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual– was created in 2007, succeeding ICAM (Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimedia). Responsible to the Ministry of Culture, ICA’s main tasks are to support production, distribution, exhibition and promotion of Portuguese cinema and audiovisual products, within the country and abroad. ICA is glad to support the European Film Academy and we strongly believe this is an important opportunity to promote European film among ourselves as well as outside European borders.


Anne Lajla Utsi, Managing Director

The International Sami Film Institute (ISFI) is located in the heart of Sápmi, in the North of Norway and was established in 2009. The aim is to support and strengthen Sami film production in all Nordic countries and Russia, as well as to enhance collaboration with other indigenous film environments. The International Sami Film Institute represents a watershed in Sami film production and a new generation of Sami filmmakers has emerged with the support of ISFI. ISFI has initiated several international collaborations between indigenous filmmakers such as the the Arctic Film Circle, Arctic Chills and the establishment of the Arctic Indigenous Film Fund. Recently, ISFI has collaborated with the Walt Disney Animation Studios on FROZEN 2.


Arben Zharku, Director

The Kosovo Cinematography Center is a public film fund of the youngest country in Europe aiming to rebuild the historically interrupted film tradition and giving space to accumulate filmmaking talents. Being part of EFA is an honour for us, and a great opportunity to network with other European fellow bodies in developing the film industry.


Rolandas Kvietkauskas, Director

The Lithuanian Film Centre is proud to be among the European Film Awards’ patrons. Representing our small film community, which has a strong artistic tradition and passion for co-production, we feel that it is essential to contribute to the celebration of European film culture. The European Film Awards are a powerful embodiment of creativity and diversity in cinema, which our talented artists and skilled producers will share with the audience through their own stories. We look forward to the new discoveries ahead of us.


Doris Pack, Co-ordinator

Culture and film are unique means to unlock dialogue between communities: they represent the many voices that enable us to understand each other, to overcome borders, and above all, to share and exchange opinions, ideas, values. After 13 years from its creation, the Lux Film Prize of the European Parliament is honoured and proud to share with the European Film Academy a common effort to address stereotypes, prejudices, to pave the way for an intercultural dialogue through the power of films. We need to stand side by side to search solution for a better world and for a better Europe. 


Mario Azzopardi, Director, Culture Directorate

The Culture Directorate oversees the implementation of the national cultural policy, strengthens bilateral cultural relations with countries and international organizations and brings world-wide recognition to the intangible and tangible cultural heritage of Malta. Malta has significantly increased public funding to support the cultural and creative industries. The Ministry further seeks to develop the local film industry. For more than 90 years, Malta has been renowned for its services to international film productions. Now, more local artists are investing in film and television productions. 


Kostas Champiaouris, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth of the Republic of Cyprus

Cyprus’ Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth is pleased to be associated with an organisation, having as its central aim to promote Europe’s film culture. I strongly believe that, by supporting the European Film Academy, we support European excellence in cinematographic works, communicate European values, as well as strengthening dialogue between different countries.


Dutch arthouse films, documentaries, animation and especially children and family films enjoy increasing international success at major international film festivals world-wide. For a small country with a limited language area it is extremely important to belong to a strong and vibrant European film culture with its own values and distinct character. Dutch filmmakers are extending their focus to other European countries and beyond. They are actively participating in both majority and minority Dutch co-productions in order to exchange knowledge and creativity to raise the artistic level of productions and to stimulate the circulation of films across borders. We feel strongly connected to the European Film Academy which plays a vital role in presenting and warding European talent globally and we are honoured to be a patron.


Gorjan Tozija

The North Macedonia Film Agency as a legal successor of the Macedonian Film Fund will continue to be a patron of the European Film Academy. Being associated with the European Film Academy gives us a wonderful opportunity to affirm our orientation for the equal treatment and support of national and international co-productions as a way of providing international distribution, recognition and promotion of European films. In that way, the European Film Awards are a celebration of the annual film creativity and a great tool for the promotion of European films and filmmakers!


Radoslaw Smigulski, General Director

The Polish Film Institute (PISF) has the aim to support the national film industry in Poland. Its comprehensive system enables support for film projects at all stages of film production and helps promote Polish films in Poland and abroad. With a budget of EUR 34 million, it subsidies around 45 feature films per year, including minority co-productions. In February this year, the Polish parliament adopted a new law introducing an automatic funding scheme in the form of a cash rebate of up to EUR 50 million. The new incentive is administrated by the Polish Film Institute. So far, PISF has supported 20 projects for a total amount of over EUR 9,1 million.


Désirée Finnegan, Chief Executive

Screen Ireland is the national development agency for Irish screen content and the Irish film, television and animation industries, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. Screen Ireland’s mission is to support and promote Irish film, television and animation through fostering Irish artistic vision and our diverse creative and production talent, growing audiences, and attracting filmmakers and investment into the country. Screen Ireland is committed to providing leadership, direction and advocacy for the Irish screen industries, as well as supporting writers, directors and production companies through investing in Irish filmmaking talent. 


Antonio Muñoz, Delegate for Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism for Seville City Council

Seville’s City Council through its Institute of Culture and Arts organises each November the Seville European Film Festival. Nowadays, European filmmaking is showing an extraordinary creative strength, full of new, different proposals to be explored and discovered. It is no exaggeration to say that new blood is running underground and above the surface in the old continent. Our festival is committed, through the fresh impetus of its director, José Luis Cienfuegos, to promote and encourage both the long creative tradition of renowned veteran filmmakers and the eagerness of the new talents.


Michael Porseryd, CEO

Since 1919 – and celebrating 100 years in 2019 – SF Studios has been a leading Nordic film studio that has produced and distributed some of cinema’s most iconic films, like The Phantom Carriage, The Seventh Seal, The Emigrants, My Life as a Dog and A Man Called Ove, and worked with some of the greatest talents in the business such as Mauritz Stiller, Ingmar Bergman, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Arne Sucksdorff, Jan Troell, Bo Widerberg, Lasse Hallström and Bille August. We are a proud patron to the European Film Academy as we believe that celebrating the artistic and entertainment qualities of European films, promotes and sustains a vital European Film industry and its global reach. 


Anna Serner, CEO

Film is essential for a democracy. Without it, many voices would never be heard, and all kinds of stories never be told. Thanks to the EFA, we are given a chance to see the fantastic diversity in Europe and share our realities, creating an understanding across the borders. My colleagues and I at the Swedish Film Institute are very proud to be one of the patrons of the EFA and present our Swedish films, just as much as we are looking forward to discovering other important stories from all over Europe.


Catherine Ann Berger, Managing Director

The promotion agency SWISS FILMS with offices in Zurich and Geneva is dedicated to promoting Swiss cinema abroad and supports Swiss films and talents at festivals and markets around the world. SWISS FILMS is partner to Swiss producers and filmmakers to develop international strategies and to establish contacts with festival delegates, sales agents and distributors. We advise buyers and festival delegates on Swiss release support schemes. With a database of more than 6,000 films, the agency also provides an essential source of information for international film professionals and trade publications. SWISS FILMS is funded by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture. We are proud to be one of the European Film Academy’s patrons and honored to contribute to Europe’s divers cinematic voices.

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