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The European Film Awards (EFA) unites 3 000 film professionals. The members are now voting for the winners who will be presented during the award ceremony on 13 December in Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014. The European Film Academy recently announced the selected list of nominated films during the Seville European Film festival. Ida - still available for audiences in many European cinemas has four nominations: European film, European Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), European Screenwriter (Pawel Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz) and both leading ladies are nominated as European Actress (Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza). Ida - a post-war drama, co-produced with Denmark - has been granted both development- and distribution support by Creative Europe. Ida is also finalist for the European Parliament's annual film prize: LUX.
The best films
In the category of European Film all the films eligible for Creative Europe have been supported by the programme. In addition to Ida, we find the Swedish-Norwegian-French-Danish co-production Force Majeur (Turist), directed by Ruben Östlund who is also nominated as European Director. In the same category is Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac - Directors Cut, including two nominations for European Actress (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and European Actor (Stellan Skarsgård). The two remaining films in the category is the Russian film Leviathan by director Andrey Zvyagintsev with four nominations and the Turkish film, the winner of Palme d'Or, Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan with three nominations - both films from countries not currently participating in the Creative Europe programme.
European Film Academy has introduced a category for discovering new and emerging talents in European film. Four of the five candidates for European Discoveries have been supported by Creative Europe. These are the French film Party Girl, The Tribe (Ukraine), '71 from UK and the Spanish discovery 10,000 KM. Also three of the six films nominated as European Documentary are co-financed by the audiovisual programme of the EU: Sacro Gra, We come as Friends and Master of the Universe.
Two of the three films in the category of European Animated Feature have been supported by EU: Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Jack et la mécanique du ceur) and Miniscule - Valley of the Lost Ants (Miniscule - la vallée des fourmies perdues) - both films are co-productions between France and Belgium.
Included in the list of nominees and supported by EU are: Two Days, one Night (Deux jours, une nuit) in the categories of European Screenwriter and European Actress, Locke nominated for European Editor, The Mafia only Kills in the Summer (La mafia uccide solo d'estate) competing for the award of European Comedy, Human Capital (Il capital umano) and Wounded (La Herida) for European Actress, Calvary and Mr. Turner both nominated as European Actor.