Wednesday, September 16, 2015

28th European Film Awards - Documentary Selection

 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 following EFA Documentary Selection.

A Syrian Love Story, Sean McAllister, UK
Above and Below, Nicolas Steiner, Switzerland and Germany
Все палає All things Ablaze, Oleksandr Techynskyi, Aleksey Solodunov and Dmitry Stoykov, Ukraine
Amy, Asif Kapadia, UK
Boxing for Freedom, Juan Antonio Moreno and Silvia Venegas, Spain
Dancing with Maria, Ivan Gergolet, Italy, Argentina and Slovenia
Democrats, Camilla Nielsson, Denmark
Drifter, Gábor Hörcher, Hungary and Germany
Electroboy, Marcel Gisler, Switzerland
Gronzy Blues, Nicola Bellucci, Switzerland
La Buena Vida (The Good Life), Jens Schnaze, Germany and Switzerland
No Land's Song, Ayat Njafi, Germany and France
Så meget godt i vente (Good Things Await), Phie Ambo, Denmark
The Look of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, Norway and Indonesia
Toto si surorile lui (Toto and His Sisters), Alexander Nicolae, Romania and Hungary

If you wish to read about each of the nominees go to award official site here.

EFA Members will now vote for five documentary nominations that will be announced on November 7 along with nominees in all categories. 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.

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