The European Film Awards, recognising the best of European cinema, were handed out during a ceremony which took place on 9 December in Berlin. Among the films receiving honours, 7 were supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the EU.

Ruben Östlund’s The Square scooped out the Best European Film, Comedy, Actor (Claes Bang) Scriptwriter and Director Awards. MEDIA invested € 1.05 million  for the distribution of the film in 30 countries.

The Square (Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark) had its premiere at Cannes Festival this year, where it won the Palme d'Or for best film. The Swedish satire is also a front-runner  at Oscar for the foreign language category.

Loving Vincent (Poland, UK), the world first fully painted animated feature, was awarded the European Animated Featured Film Prize.  125 painters from all over the world hand painted the 65,000 frames of the animated feature in studios in Greece and Poland, bringing the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to live. MEDIA supported the film at the early stage of its development in 2011 and at the distribution stage with € 101.300.

The European Actress Award went to Alexandra Borbély for her role in On Body and Soul  directed by Ildikó Enyedi. The film won the Golden Bear for Best film at Berlinale this year. Thanks to MEDIA funding of € 700.000, the film was distributed in 30 countries.

Lady Macbeth (UK) directed by William Oldroyd was recognised with the European Discovery– Prix FIPRESCI, awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics.

In addition, two MEDIA-supported films were rewarded with technical awards announced earlier in November: Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) received the Editing award, while Katarzyna LewiĹ„ska received the European Costume Designer 2017 for Spoor, directed by Agnieszka Holland and Katarzyna Adamik. The European Production Designer 2017 was awarded to Josefin Åsberg for The Square.

The public casted their vote for the People’s Choice Award to Maria Shrader’s Stefan Zweig – Farewell to Europe, also supported by MEDIA programme.

Overall, the EU has invested  €6.5 million through the Creative Europe MEDIA programme to support the development and distribution of the 16 films nominated at EFA.

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

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 2,000 European projects in film, television, including series and other audio-visual works, which are distributed digitally in cinema, on television and through video on demand.

More information on the programme