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15 European Documentaries Selected for 28th European Film Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce the first ever EFA Documentary Selection, a list of 15 European documentaries recommended for a nomination for this year’s European Film Awards.

The change follows a decision by the EFA Board to “acknowledge the growing importance of European documentary cinema,” says Israeli producer Marek Rozenbaum, EFA Board Member on the documentary committee, “there is a growing number of excellent documentaries which have to be seen by the members.”

Another change is the involvement of ten documentary festivals that recommended to the committee up to three films each which have had their world premiere at the respective festival’s latest edition. Chosen in co-operation with the European Documentary Network EDN, these festivals are:

• IDFA (the Netherlands)
• CPH:DOX (Denmark)
• Visions du Réel (Switzerland)
• DokLeipzig (Germany)
• Docslisboa (Portugal)
• Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Greece)
• Jihlava (Czech Republic)
• Cinéma du Réel (France)
• Krakow Film Festival (Poland)
• Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK)

Based on their recommendations and the films individually submitted, the documentary committee, consisting of EFA Board Members Roberto Cicutto (Italy), Nadine Luque (Spain), Marek Rozenbaum (Israel) and Ada Solomons (Romania) and documentary expert Paul Pauwels (European Documentary Network, Belgium) decided on the EFA Documentary Selection.

EFA Members will now vote for five documentary nominations. Based on these nominations, the EFA Members will, as in the past, elect the ‘European Documentary 2015’ which will be announced during the awards ceremony on 12 December in Berlin.

For more information on the films and a complete list of the award categories: www.europeanfilmawards.eu

EFA DOCUMENTARY SELECTION 2015

A SYRIAN LOVE STORY
UK, 76 min.
DIRECTED BY: Sean McAllister
PRODUCED BY: Elhum Shakerifar

ABOVE AND BELOW
Switzerland/Germany, 118 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Nicolas Steiner
PRODUCED BY: Brigitte Hofer, Cornelia Seitler & Helge Albers

ALL THINGS ABLAZE (ВСЕ ПАЛАЄ)
Ukraine, 81 min.
DIRECTED BY: Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov & Dmitry Stoykov
PRODUCED BY: Yulia Serdyukova

AMY
UK, 127 min.
DIRECTED BY: Asif Kapadia
PRODUCED BY: James Gay-Rees

BOXING FOR FREEDOM
Spain, 74 min
WRITTEN, DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY: Juan Antonio Moreno & Silvia Venegas

DANCING WITH MARIA
Italy/Argentina/Slovenia , 75 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Ivan Gergolet
PRODUCED BY: Igor Princic, David Rubio & Miha Cernec

DEMOCRATS
Denmark, 99 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Camilla Nielsson
PRODUCED BY: Henrik Veileborg

DRIFTER
Hungary/Germany, 72 min.
DIRECTED BY: Gábor Hörcher
PRODUCED BY: Marcell Iványi,  Gábor Hörcher, Marieke Bittner, Jonas Weydemann & Jakob Weydemann

ELECTROBOY
Switzerland, 113 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Marcel Gisler
PRODUCED BY: Anne-Catherine Lang

GOOD THINGS AWAIT (SÅ MEGET GODT I VENTE)
Denmark, 96 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Phie Ambo
PRODUCED BY: Malene Flindt Pedersen

GROZNY BLUES
Switzerland, 104 min.
DIRECTED BY: Nicola Bellucci
WRITTEN BY: Nicola Bellucci & Lucia Sgueglia
PRODUCED BY: Frank Matter

NO LAND´S SONG
Germany/France, 63 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Ayat Najafi
PRODUCED BY: Gunter Hanfgarn, Rouven Rech & Anne Grange

THE GOOD LIFE (LA BUENA VIDA)
Germany/Switzerland, 97 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jens Schanze
PRODUCED BY: Jens Schanze & Frank Matter

THE LOOK OF SILENCE
Denmark/Norway/Indonesia, 99 min.
DIRECTED BY: Joshua Oppenheimer
PRODUCED BY: Signe Byrge Sørensen

TOTO AND HIS SISTERS (TOTO SI SURORILE LUI)
Romania/Hungary, 93 min.
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Alexander Nanau
PRODUCED BY: Valeriu Nicolae, Hanka Kastelicova, Alexander Nanau, Catalin Mitulescu & Marcian Lazar

Berlin, 16 September 2015
The European Film Awards 2015 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH. Public supporters: Capital Cultural Fund, Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-Programme, FFA German Federal Film Board, German State Lottery Berlin, German State Minister for Culture and the Media, and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Private partners: Aveda, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, GLS, Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm.

EFA PATRONS: CATALAN INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL COMPANIES FROM THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF CATALONIA * CENTRE DU CINEMA OF THE FEDERATION WALLONIA BRUSSELS * CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINEMA ET DE L’IMAGE ANIMEE (CNC) * CHIMNEY * DANISH FILM INSTITUTE * ESTONIAN FILM INSTITUTE * EURIMAGES * FILM FINANCE SCANDINAVIA AB * FILM FUND LUXEMBOURG * FILM VÄST * FLANDERS AUDIOVISUAL FUND (VAF) * ICELANDIC FILM CENTRE * INSTITUTO DO CINEMA E DO AUDIOVISUAL (ICA) * IRISH FILM BOARD * ISTITUTO LUCE-CINECITTA S.R.L. * KOSOVO CINEMATOGRAPHY CENTER * MACEDONIAN FILM AGENCY * MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE OF CYPRUS (CULTURAL SERVICES) * NETHERLANDS FILM FUND * POLISH FILM INSTITUTE * SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL, A PROJECT OF ICAS, ORGANISED BY SEVILLE CITY COUNCIL * SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE * SWISS FILMS * TELEWIZJA POLSKA S.A. (TVP) *

Pascal Edelmann
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY e.V.
Head of Press & PR
Kurfürstendamm 225
10719 Berlin
GERMANY
Tel. +49 30 887 16 70
Fax +49 30 887 16 777
www.europeanfilmawards.eu
www.europeanfilmacademy.org

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