The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, known for the annual Oscars, announced recently a shortlist of nine films that were selected for the last candidates for the category of Best Foreign Film.
Only five of them will make the list of finalists which is planned to be unveiled on January 15 2015, while 83 were originally submitted. Half of those foreign films have European origin. The old continent sustains a remarkable industry while American market monopolizes the majority of the cinema screens worldwide. While India and Nigeria overpass USA in the average number of films produced each year US and Canada scores first when it comes to box office earnings.
What unites 69 countries, 682 cities, 1,182 cinemas and 3,194 screens around the world is the International Organization for the circulation of European Films. Europa Cinemas, funded in 1992, is the first film theatre network focusing on European films. The network is funded from the MEDIA programme and from the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC). Cinema theatres that belong to this association serve the purpose to promote a significant number of non-national films created in Europe. They offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences. Thanks to the support of Eurimages and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the influence of Europa Cinemas extends to Eastern European countries, the Balkans and Turkey. Europa Cinemas also support exhibition and distribution of European films in Asia, Latin America and the southern Mediterranean countries within the scope of Europa Cinemas Mundus. On their site one can find a map of all the cinemas that belong to the organization. Once per year Europa Cinemas dominates 3 awards: the Best Programming Award, the Best Young Audience Activities and the Best Entrepreneur Award.
And while you are waiting for the Oscars, the polish masterpiece Ida has already been the big winner at the European Film Awards, gaining rightfully five awards including best film and best director for Pawel Pawlikowski. The European Film Academy (EFA) was the outcome of a first meeting of filmmakers in November 1988. The same year the first European Film Awards Ceremony was also held. The European Film Academy (EFA) now unites 3,000 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting European film culture. The 27th European Film Award winners presented at Riga’s National Opera house in December. In 2015 the 28th European Film Awards will take place in Berlin.
EUROPEAN FILM 2014 : IDA
by: Paweł Pawlikowski
EUROPEAN COMEDY 2014 : THE MAFIA ONLY KILLS IN SUMMER (LA MAFIA UCCIDE SOLO D’ESTATE)
by Pierfrancesco Diliberto
EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI
THE TRIBE (PLEMYA)
by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2014 : MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
by Marc Bauder
EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2014 : THE ART OF HAPPINESS (L’ARTE DELLA FELICITÁ)
by Alessandro Rak
EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2014 : THE CHICKEN
by Una Gunjak
EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2014 : Paweł Pawlikowski
EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2014 : Marion Cotillard
in TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT)
EUROPEAN ACTOR 2014 : Timothy Spall
in MR. TURNER
EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2014 : Paweł Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER 2014 – Prix CARLO DI PALMA : Łukasz Żal & Ryszard Lenczewski
EUROPEAN EDITOR 2014 : Justine Wright
EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER 2014 : Claus-Rudolf Amler
for THE DARK VALLEY (DAS FINSTERE TAL)
EUROPEAN COSTUME DESIGNER 2014 : Natascha Curtius-Noss
for THE DARK VALLEY (DAS FINSTERE TAL)
EUROPEAN COMPOSER 2014 : Mica Levi
for UNDER THE SKIN
EUROPEAN SOUND DESIGNER 2014 : Joakim Sundström
for STARRED UP
EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD : Agnès Varda
EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA : Steve McQueen
EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD 2014 – Prix EURIMAGES : Ed Guiney
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2014 for Best European Film : IDA
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