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European Film Academy Announces Documentary Shortlist 2016

16.08.2016

The European Film Academy (EFA) and EFA Productions have announced the EFA documentary selection 2016 featuring 15 European documentaries recommended for a nomination for this year's European Film Awards.

Still from The Longest Run by Marianna Economou
Selected for EFA & part of the Moving Docs initiative

Also known as the European Oscars, this year's edition of the European Film Awards will see five nominations for the prestigious European Documentary 2016 award out of the 15 titles that have now been announced as the official shortlist by the EFA. Ten documentary festivals have recommended to the documentary committee one film each which has had its world premiere at the respective festival’s latest edition. EDN - European Documentary Network was involved in the selection of festivals that recommend potential contenders for the documentary competition. The selected festivals are:

• IDFA (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 the festival recommendations and individually submitted films, the documentary committee, consisting of EFA Board Members Vanessa Henneman (Netherlands), Roberto Cicutto (Italy), and Marek Rozenbaum (Israel), documentary filmmaker Alexander Nanau (Romania) and documentary expert Paul Pauwels (European Documentary Network, Belgium) decided on the EFA Documentary Selection. The films cover a broad range of relevant socio-political topics and include two titles from the EDN-led Moving Docs initiative (The Longest Run, directed by Marianna Economou, Greece and Becoming Zlatan by Fredrik & Magnus Gertten, Sweden).

Members of EFA will vote for five documentary nominations. Based on these nominations, the EFA Members will then elect the European Documentary 2016 which will be announced during the awards ceremony on 10 December in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016.

 

The films of the EFA documentary selection 2016 are:

21 X NEW YORK

Director: Piotr Stasik | Producer: Agnieszka Wasiak | Poland

A FAMILY AFFAIR
Director: Tom Fassaert | Producer: Wout Conijn | The Netherlands

A GERMAN LIFE
Dir.: C. Krönes, O.S. Müller, R. Schrotthofer & F. Weigensamer | Prod.: R. Schrotthofer & C. Krönes | Austria

BECOMING ZLATAN
Director: Fredrik & Magnus Gertten | Written by: Jesper Osmund, Fredrik Gertten & Magnus Gertten | Prod.: Margarete Jangård & Lennart Ström | Sweden

DÉJÀ VU
Director: Jon Bang Carlsen | Producer: Marianne Christensen & Jon Bang Carlsen | Denmark

EUROPE, SHE LOVES
Director: Jan Gassmann | Producer: Lisa Blatter, Jan Gassmann, Andreas Hörl, Florian Schneider & Maren Lüthje | Switzerland / Germany

FIRE AT SEA
Director: Gianfranco Rosi | Producer: Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemle, Roberto Cicutto, Paolo Del Brocco, Martine Saada & Olivier Pere | Italy / France

HERR VON BOHLEN
Director: André Schäfer | Producer: Jonas Niewianda | Germany

LOST AND BEAUTIFUL
Director: Pietro Marcello | Written by: Maurizio Braucci & Pietro Marcello | Producer: Sara Fgaier & Pietro Marcello | Italy

MALLORY
Director: Helena Třeštíková | Producer: Kateřina Černá & Pavel Strnad | Czech Republic

MR. GAGA
Director: Tomer Heymann | Producer: Barak Heymann | Israel / Sweden / Germany / Netherlands

THE EVENT
Director: Sergei Loznitsa | Producer: Sergei Loznitsa, Maria Choustova & Nicola Mazzanti | Netherlands / Belgium

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED
Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Producer: Pieter-Jan De Pue & David Dusa | Belgium / Ireland / Netherlands / Germany

THE LONGEST RUN
Director: Marianna Economou | Producer: Marianna Economou & Spiros Mavrogenis | Greece

WE'LL BE ALRIGHT
Director: Alexander Kuznetsov | Producer: Rebecca Houzel | France
   


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


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