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Cineuropa Award

Cineuropa Award Rules

  • The Cineuropa Award is given to a film that besides having indisputable artistic qualities also brings out the idea of European dialogue and integration
  • The Prize is given by one or more qualified editors or collaborators chosen by Cineuropa and present at the Festival
  • The Prize is given to a film produced or co-produced by a country participating in the MEDIA Programme or member of Eurimages
  • The Prize consists of promotion on the Cineuropa site, including a special newsletter dedicated to the film (including a review, an interview with the director, and trailers and excerpts), which will be sent to our mailing list of over 50,000 subscribers.

The Prize is awarded at the following partner festivals:

Trieste Film Festival
Mons International Love Film Festival
Vilnius Film Festival - Kino Pavasaris
Lecce European Film Festival
Cinema City International Film Festival
Sarajevo International Film Festival
Istanbul Film Festival
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival
Les Arcs European Film Festival

A Better Life

A Better Life by Cédric Kahn, Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival 2011

Guillaume Canet and Leïla Bekhti in the spiral of excessive debt. Love, dreams and economic survival brilliantly dramatised. Best Actor Award at the Rome Film Festival and Cineuropa Award at Estoril.


Ave by Konstantin Bojanov, Sarajevo Film Festival 2011

A chance love-at-first-sight encounter and luminous road movie in a bleak Bulgaria. A debut feature unveiled at Cannes and winner of the Cineuropa Award at Sarajevo.

A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life by Claudio Cupellini, Brussels Film Festival 2011

Claudio Cupellini’s second film is also his most accomplished. After earning Best Actor at the Rome fest for Toni Servillo, the film won the Cineuropa Award at the Brussels Film Festival.


Amnesty by Bujar Alimani, Lecce European Film Festival 2011

An intense feature debut by Albania’s Bujar Alimani, winner of the Jury Special Prize, the Fipresci Prize and the Cineuropa Award at the 2011 Lecce Festival of European Film.

Chico & Rita

Chico & Rita by Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba and Tono Errando, Festival de Cinéma Européen des Arcs 2010

Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal and Tono Errando tell a passionate love story in their musical animated film for adults combining digital and hand-drawn images.

Tilva Ros

Tilva Ros by Nikola Lezaic, Estoril Film Festival 2010

The lives of two small town friends in Serbia who share a love for skateboard culture. Their friendship will be shaken following the visit of a friend, who has immigrated to France. The film is partially inspired by the lives of the two lead actors, whom Lezaic discovered in their videos on YouTube.

Bibliothèque Pascal

Bibliothèque Pascal by Szabolcs Hajdu, Sarajevo Film Festival 2010

Bibliothèque Pascal by Szabolcs Hajdu, Sarajevo Film Festival 2010

Prostitution is filtered through the fantastical mind of an Eastern European woman in Szabolcs Hajdu’s fourth feature.


Corridor by Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm, Brussels Film Festival 2010

A frightening, claustrophobic thriller by a Swedish duo with a brilliant command of genre cinema. Winner of the Cineuropa Award at the Brussels Film Festival 2010.

Desperados on the Block

Desperados on the Block by Tomasz Emil Rudzik, Lecce European Film Festival 2010

A 19-story building in Munich housing 2,500 students from the world over serves as a microcosm for thousands of lonely lives whose paths cross every day in Europe's cities.

Ordinary People

Ordinary People by Vladimir Perisic, Miami International Film Festival 2010

A masterful and merciless debut feature on the trivialization of murder in times of war. A film unveiled at Cannes and selected at around 15 international festivals

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