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 57 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. Through its partnership with the European Film Awards, the CNC is re-affirming its cultural ambition, that of a fraternal Europe, driven by culture. This Europe is a wonderful idea because it is a message of hope and of dialogue between cultures that resounds world-wide.
Claus Ladegaard, CEO
The world has changed – in ways we never thought possible. But the global health crisis has also emphatically underscored the lasting importance of art and cinema in our lives. That they are not a luxury but a necessity. In a period of profound upheaval, we need films to render our concerns, hopes and joys into images, words and sound. A place where we can find meaning in the madness. EFA is a celebration of the vital art of film which, in its essence, provides us with the freedom to imagine that anything is possible – in a time when very little is.
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. Film Fund Luxembourg is a public funding body. It manages the programme and mechanisms through which the Luxembourg government provides financial support to audiovisual works.
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 the region of Västra Götaland. Film i Väst is active as co-producer and investor in international and Swedish film and scripted TV. Film i Väst is a proud patron to European Film Academy´s support and profiling of European film. And we are proud co-producers of this year’s nominated films: Thomas Vinterberg’s ANOTHER ROUND and Maria Sødahl’s HOPE.
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.
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.
Providing ongoing financial support for independent production, ICA seeks to contribute to the construction of a solid and integrated industry in Portugal.
ICA also supports the promotion of Portuguese cinema and audio-visual media in all international film festivals, as well as providing assistance to help to ensure the presence of producers at various events.
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.
Laimonas Ubavicius, 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
by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy
in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinema
Cinema magically connects people together in the same place, allowing them to share emotions, expectations, dreams and feelings. We profoundly believe in this connection. We also believe that sharing is the way forward.
This is why the European Parliament is so proud to launch the new LUX AUDIENCE AWARD, together with the European Film Academy, and in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas.
The common goal that brought us together was to enable the biggest European audience to show its love for films and cinema, for films made by European talents and storytellers for Europeans viewers.
Audiences across Europe will be able to vote for the winner of the new pan-European joint audience award. Up until now, only Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were entitled to vote for films in competition, but with the new format, in the frame of the LUX Audience Award, the winner will be selected based on votes from both MEPs and the public (each representing 50% of the total vote).
Each year, the nominated films will be unveiled at the EFA ceremony and after that, each of us should watch them and vote!
We invite you to go to the cinemas and, where possible, sign up for online LUX-screenings, spread the word, vote on these compelling films, and stay tuned for the award ceremony in the European Parliament, on 28 April 2021, in the presence of the film crews and the partners of the award.
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. The Ministry wants to give this sector a greater impetus so that Maltese film productions can compete in international festivals. It is further seeking a diversification of films exhibited with more European films featuring on local screens. As part of this commitment, this Ministry, through the Culture Directorate, wants to be part of the European film community, best represented by the European Film Academy.
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.
Bero Beyer, CEO
The Netherlands is home to a dynamic culture of cinematography across the entire spectrum, including outward looking fictional works by auteurs, artistic documentaries, engaging youth and children films, experimental works and animation. As the national Film Fund it is our mission to encourage and support.
Dutch filmmakers engaging in international co-productions with artistic ambition and the determination to create original productions. We believe this kind of close co-operation leads to vibrant cinematographic storytelling that can resonate with international audiences, from young to old.
Dutch filmmakers are known for being open-minded, outspoken, focused and eager to work with professionals from other countries. We actively participate in both majority and minority Dutch co-productions with the aim of enhancing overall creativity and dramatically raising the artistic level of film productions.
We feel fundamentally embedded in and committed to the European film tradition and culture and as such the Fund is strongly connected to the European Film Academy. It plays a vital role in presenting and awarding European talent globally and we are honoured to be a patron.
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!
Kjersti Mo, Director
The Norwegian Film Institute operates under the authority of the Ministry of Culture as their executive body in the film sector and advisor on film policy issues. The NFI supports the development, production and distribution of Norwegian films and games and promotes film culture in Norway as well as Norwegian films internationally. We work hard to encourage ties between Norwegian filmmakers and the international film community, and being a patron of the European Film Academy is a part of this work. But most importantly, artistic freedom and freedom of speech are important values for us, and we see that the European Film Academy is an integral part of the work to maintain this in the film community.
Radoslaw Smigulski, General Director
The Polish Film Institute (PISF) aims to support the national film industry in Poland. Its comprehensive system enables support for film projects at all stages of production and helps to 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 2019, the Polish parliament adopted an act introducing an automatic funding scheme in form of cash rebate up to EUR 50 million. The new incentive is administared by the Polish Film Institute. In 2020, PISF has supported 45 projects for a total amount of over EUR 24 million.
Among recent projects supported by PISF in a selective scheme are SWEAT by Magnus von Horn (Cannes 2020, Chicago- GOLD HUGO), KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN by Mariusz Wilczyński (Berlinale 2020, Annecy 2020, Vienale 2020-FIPRESCI), NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert (Venice 2020, Telluride 2020) DOLCE FINE GIORNATA by Jacek Borcuch (Sundance 2019), MR. JONES by Agnieszka Holland (Berlinale 2019, Competition), CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa (Venice Days 2019, TIFF 2019, Oscar® Nomination for the Best International Feature Film, EFA Nomination).
Désirée Finnegan, Chief Executive
Fís Éireann/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, developing highly-skilled creatives and crew, 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.
The agency delivers on its mission through generating inward investment by promoting Ireland as a film location as well as promoting Irish films to major international markets. Screen Ireland is also committed to supporting the distribution of feature films, bringing Irish film to wider audiences and engaging with European counterparts on mutually beneficial policy initiatives. Through Screen Skills Ireland, the agency designs, develops and delivers industry-focused skills development initiatives for the screen sector in Ireland, encompassing film, TV, animation, games and VFX, for all roles from new entrants to company leaders.
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 – a goal that we proudly share with the EFA which honours our city and festival by announcing in Seville the nominees for the European Film Awards.
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. SF Studios produces and distributes feature films and TV series for both local and international audiences, and provides the digital services SF Anytime and SF Kids Play. The company has its head office in Stockholm, Sweden and subsidiaries in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London.
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.