Maren Ade and team accept their prizes at the European Film Awards

MEDIA-funded Toni Erdmann wins big at the 29th European Film Awards

Maren Ade’s tragicomedy took home the prize for Best European Film 2016, making it the  first time a female has won the award in the event’s history.

At the official ceremony, which took place in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture, on Saturday 10 December, Toni Erdmann was also awarded four more prizes: Maren Ade won both Best Director and Best Screenwriter, and the film’s two leads, Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek, won Best Actress and Best Actor.

Other MEDIA-funded films to win awards, including the UK’s Suffragette, were:

  • Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) for European Documentary
  • My Life As a Courgette for European Animated Feature Film
  • Anne Østerud & Janus Billeskov Jansen won European Editor for The Commune
  • Alice Nommington won European Production Designer for Suffragette
  • European Composer went to Ilya Demutsky for The Student

The European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement award went to French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, Irish actor Pierce Brosnan won the European Achievement in World Cinema, and the Honorary Award went posthumously to Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who passed away earlier this year.
The European University Film Award, announced the previous evening, was given to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake.

Read the full list and watch the awards ceremony on the EFA website.

Photo: Maren Ade and crew accept the award for European Film 2016. Image courtesy of EFA/API/Jessica Kassner