Photo: Sabine Engels

Kirsten Niehuus

CEO Film Funding · Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

With challenging times behind us and uncertain days in front of us, we truly need a united and resourceful European film community that supports one another against all odds. As an advocate and protector of European cinematic values and transnational variety, the European Film Academy has done a great job this past year in bringing minds together – physically, digitally, and emotionally – amid a pandemic that has posed huge challenges to our industry.

Staying strong, focused, and hopeful during a year that has constantly tested the limits of our profession wasn’t easy. This year’s European Film Awards nominees are proof of the craft, the power and creativity of moviemaking. The worlds into which these exceptional films take us resonate with people and they open doors that otherwise might have been kept closed. Let’s strive to stay optimistic and to not only open doors but also our hearts. After all, these extraordinary nominees show us that film can push boundaries no matter what. Despite all the difficulties of the past months we see that films are able to show new perspectives and hopefully lead the way into a more stable 2022.

We are looking forward to this year’s European Film Awards shining a light on everything that we love about movies and their creators – celebrating cultural diversity, innovative ideas, and the pleasures of European cinema. Matthijs Wouter Knol, the new European Film Academy director will also add new views and approaches to that portfolio of intercultural skills. We wish you an incredible start at the European Film Awards and thank all the members for their persistent support.