The European Film Awards, recognising the best of European cinema, were handed out during a ceremony which took place on 15 December in Seville. Among the films receiving honours, eleven titles were supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU.

MEDIA supported films awarded in EFA

The big winner of the night was Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski. The Polish-UK-French co-production got five awards: best European Film, best European Director, best European Scriptwriter, best European Actress and best European Editor. The film was supported by Creative Europe MEDIA with €60,000 under the Development State Scheme and with €860,419 for its distribution in 26 territories.

The other winners of the night were:

  • Marcello Fonte received the award to best European Actor for his role in Dogman by Matteo Garrone. The film also won the awards to the best European Costume Designer and to the best European Hair & Make-up artist. Dogman was supported by MEDIA with €360,000 for its distribution in more than 25 countries.
  • The Death of Stalin by Armando Iannucci was rewarded as the best European Comedy. This French-UK-Belgian co-production was funded by MEDIA with €93,000 under the Distribution Automatic Scheme and with €197,650 under the Sales Agent Scheme.
  • Girl by Lukas Dhont got the renowned Prix Fipresci to the best European Discovery. The film is a Belgian-Dutch co-production that was supported by MEDIA with €692,866 for its distribution in more than 25 countries.
  • The award to the best European Documentary was given to Bergman – A Year in A Life by Jane Magnusson. The Swedish-Norwegian co-production received €63,632 of MEDIA support for both its development and distribution.
  • Poland-Spain-Belgium-Germany-Hungary co-production Another Day of Live by Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow won the award to the best European Animated Feature Film. It was supported by MEDIA with €80,000 under the Development Single Scheme of and with €13,500 for automatic disctribution support.
  • U – July 22 by Erik Poppe was awarded with Prix Carlo Di Palma to the best European Cinematographer. The Norwegian production received €544,181 from MEDIA to support its development and distribution in ten countries.
  • The award to the best European Composer went to Christoph M. Kaiser and Julian Mass for their role in 3 Days in Quiberon, a film co-produced by Germany, France and Austria that was supported by MEDIA with €50,000 under Development Single Scheme and €60,000 under Distribution Automatic.
  • The Captain by Robert Schwentke is a German-French-Polish co-production awarded for having the best European Sound Designer. It was supported by MEDIA with €60,000 under Development Slate and €7,500 under Distribution Automatic.
  • The award to the best European Visual Effects Supervisor went to Peter Hjorth for his role in Border. The film co-produced by Sweden and Denmark was supported by MEDIA with €658,907 for its distribution.
  • Call me by your name, co-produced by France and Italy, directed by Luca Guadagnino and supported by MEDIA for its distribution won the People’s choice award.

In total, MEDIA allocated more than €4 million in supporting the 2018 EFA winners.

In addition, out of the 49 films on this year’s EFA Feature Film Selection, the list of feature-length fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2018, 28 were films supported by the MEDIA programme. In the end, a total of 15 EU-funded films were retained in the official nomination. Overall, the EU had invested  €6 million through the Creative Europe MEDIA programme to support the development and distribution of the 17 films nominated at EFA.

Find out more about the winners on EFA’s website.

#EFA2018 Quiz: MEDIA sent 10 lucky winners to the EFA Ceremony!

After two very successful editions of the EU Film Contest, Creative Europe MEDIA decided to run a similar quiz for European film lovers to win a trip to the European Film Awards 2018.

Launched in mid-September, the #efa2018 quiz was running online for several weeks, until 5 November. Participants had to answer 10 questions about European films for a chance to win one of the ten trips to experience the European Film Awards and discover European cinema from a different perspective. Almost 2000 people took part in the competition and among those 164 who replied correctly, we used a filtering question to select the 10 lucky winners. The winners travelled to Seville from 14 to 16 December and attended the 31st edition of the European Film Awards. They also went to the screenings of EFA nominated films, met some industry professionals during a welcome reception, and even had the chance to explore a bit the city.

About the European Film Awards

Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy now unites more than 3,500 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture.

The European Film Awards, presented jointly by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions, honour the greatest achievements (split in a total of 23 categories) in European cinema. The awards ceremony takes place in Berlin every second year. In the other years, the Awards travel around Europe, being Seville this year’s host on 15 December.

The European Film Academy is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA via the market access scheme, and in 2018 it got €200.000 of EU funds for the European Film Awards. 

About Creative Europe MEDIA

The MEDIA Sub-programme of Creative Europe is designed to support European film and other audiovisual industries. It provides funding for the development, promotion and distribution of European works within Europe and beyond. It invests in the training of producers, film distributors, directors, and screenwriters to help them adapt to new technologies. Each year, MEDIA supports around 2000 European projects including films, TV series, video games, training programmes, cinemas and much more.

More information about the Commission proposals for Creative Europe's budget in 2021-2027 can be found in this press release and factsheet.