Still from Youth

European Film Awards nominations and first winners announced

At the Seville European Film Festival, the European Film Academy (EFA) announced the nominations for the 28th European Film Awards. The list includes14 titles supported by Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme:

Top of the list is Youth (La Giovinezza) by Paolo Sorrentino, with five nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, as well as acting nominations for Rachel Weisz and Michael Caine.

Two further MEDIA-funded films have four nominations each: Yorgos Lanthimos’ absurdist comedy-drama The Lobster is nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, alongside Colin Farrell for Best Actor. Roy Andersson's darkly surreal comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron) received nominations for Best Film and Best Comedy, Best Director and Best Screenplay. 

With three nominations each, Sebastian Schipper’s one shot tour de force through a Berlin night, Victoria, and British filmmaker Andrew Haigh's moving drama 45 Years join the line-up. In the category for European Comedy, Eric Lartigeau’s warm-hearted The Belier Family (La famillie Bélier) and Jaco Van Dormael’s satire The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) compete. The releases of these four titles across Europe were supported by Creative Europe's distribution funding schemes.

The poignant Icelandic dramedy Rams (Hrútar) by Grímur Hákonarson is nominated for Best Film. Italian semibiographical drama My Mother (Mia madre) received two nominations, for director Nanni Moretti and actress Margherita Buy, and Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu are nominated for their screenplay for Jude’s Romanian period drama Aferim!.

Two further actors are also nominated for their work in Creative Europe-supported films: Christian Friedel in the German Nazi-era drama Elser (13 Minutes) and Vincent Lindon in the French social drama Measure of a Man (La loi du marché)

The documentary category includes MEDIA-funded Amy by Asif Kapadia from the UK.

More than 3,000 EFA Members place their votes for the winners, which are unveiled at the awards ceremony on 12 December 2015 in Berlin and streamed live on the EFA website.

First six winners revealed 

In addition, the first 2015 EFA winners have been announced in the categories for cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, composer and sound design. Congratulations to the four MEDIA-backed awardees:

  • European Costume Designer 2015: Sarah Blenkinsop for The Lobster
  • European Production Designer 2015: Sylvie Olivé for The Brand New Testament (Le Tout nouveau testament)
  • European Composer 2015: Cat's Eyes for The Duke of Burgundy
  • European Sound Designer 2015: Vasco Pimentel & Miguel Martins for Arabian Nights – Vol. I-III (As Mil e uma noites – Vol. I-III)