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EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2021

EFA announces the first part of the 2021 European Film Awards selection

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- With more films set to be announced for the feature film selection in September, 40 fiction films and 15 documentary films indicates a rich and varied harvest

EFA announces the first part of the 2021 European Film Awards selection
Petite Maman by Céline Sciamma

Due to the pandemic, the related restrictions and the fact that several key festivals in Europe take place later than usual, the European Film Academy announces the Feature Film Selection for the 2021 European Film Awards in two steps: starting with today’s 40 titles, a second part will be published in September. Together with 15 documentary films that are also announced today, the films form this year’s Feature Film and Documentary Film Selection, all recommended for a nomination.

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The feature films have been selected by a committee consisting of the Academy Board and a diverse range of European invited experts, the names of which will be published after the announcement of all feature films. The documentary films have been selected by EFA Board Members Graziella Bildesheim (Italy) and Ada Solomon (Romania), director Katja Gauriloff (Finland), festival programmer Kathrin Kohlstedde (Germany), DokuFest artistic director Veton Nurkollari (Kosovo), IDFA artistic director Orwa Nyrabia (The Netherlands), festival programmer Rada Šešić (Bosnia & Herzegovina), director Rajesh Thind (UK) and sales agent Ana Vicente (UK).

At the same time, the European Film Academy presents a new VOD platform for all its members, which has been developed as part of a 18-month digital transformation programme in 2021-2022, making sure the viewing process will become more user-friendly for all members. After the announcement of all films, the over 4,000 members will be able to view the selected films and vote for the nominations in the feature film categories European Film, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenwriter as well as for the nominations in the category European Documentary. Based on the votes of all members, the nominations will be made public on 9 November during the Seville European Film Festival. An 8-member jury will decide on the award recipients in the categories European Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-up & Hair, Original Score, Sound and Visual Effects.

The films selected:

Feature Film

200 Meters [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ameen Nayfeh
film profile
]
- Ameen Nayfeh (Israel/Italy/Sweden)
Ammonite [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Francis Lee (UK)
And Tomorrow the Entire World [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Julia von Heinz
film profile
]
- Julia von Heinz (Germany)
Apples [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christos Nikou
film profile
]
- Christos Nikou (Greece/Poland/Slovenia)
Assandira [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Salvatore Mereu
film profile
]
- Salvatore Mereu (Italy)
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Radu Jude
film profile
]
- Radu Jude (Romania/Luxembourg/Czech Republic/Croatia)
Beginning [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dea Kulumbegashvili
film profile
]
- Dea Kulumbegashvili (Georgia/France)
Brother's Keeper [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ferit Karahan
film profile
]
- Ferit Karahan (Turkey/Romania)
Conference [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
film profile
]
- Ivan Tverdovskiy (Russia/Estonia/UK/Italy)
Dear Comrades! [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia)
Fabian - Going to the Dogs [+see also:
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interview: Albrecht Schuch
film profile
]
- Dominik Graf (Germany)
Forest – I See You Everywhere [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Bence Fliegauf (Hungary)
Gaza Mon Amour [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser (Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal)
Hammamet [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Gianni Amelio (Italy)
Here We Are - Nir Bergman (Israel/Italy)
Hive [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Blerta Basholli
film profile
]
- Blerta Basholli (Kosovo/Switzerland/North Macedonia/Albania)
I'm Your Man [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Maria Schrader
film profile
]
- Maria Schrader (Germany)
Luzzu [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Alex Camilleri
film profile
]
- Alex Camilleri (Malta)
Natural Light [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Dénes Nagy
film profile
]
- Dénes Nagy (Hungary/Germany/Latvia/France)
Never Gonna Snow Again [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Małgorzata Szumowska and Mi…
film profile
]
- Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert (Poland/Germany)
Night of the Kings [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Philippe Lacôte
film profile
]
- Philippe Lacôte (Côte d'Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal)
Nowhere Special [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Uberto Pasolini
film profile
]
- Uberto Pasolini (Italy/Romania/UK)
Oasis [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ivan Ikic
film profile
]
- Ivan Ikic (Serbia/Slovenia/The Netherlands/Bosnia-Herzegovina/France)
Petite Maman [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Céline Sciamma (France)
Pleasure [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ninja Thyberg
film profile
]
- Ninja Thyberg (Sweden/France/The Netherlands)
Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Lili Horvat
interview: Natasa Stork
film profile
]
- Lili Horvát (Hungary)
Promising Young Woman - Emerald Fennell (USA/UK)
Quo Vadis, Aida? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jasmila Žbanić
film profile
]
- Jasmilla Žbanic (Bosnia-Herzegovina/Austria/The Netherlands/France/Poland/Norway/Germany/Romania/Turkey)
Riders of Justice [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Anders Thomas Jensen
film profile
]
- Anders Thomas Jensen (Denmark/Sweden)
Supernova [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Harry Macqueen
film profile
]
- Harry Macqueen (UK)
The Belly of the Sea [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Agustí Villaronga (Spain)
The Dig - Simon Stone (UK)
The Fam [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Fred Baillif
film profile
]
- Fred Baillif (Switzerland)
The Father [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Florian Zeller
film profile
]
- Florian Zeller (UK/France)
The Girl and the Spider [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zü…
film profile
]
- Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher (Switzerland)
The Macaluso Sisters [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Emma Dante (Italy) 
The Mauritanian [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Kevin Macdonald (UK/USA/South Africa)
The Whaler Boy [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Philipp Yuryev
film profile
]
- Philipp Yuryev (Russia/Poland/Belgium)
Tove [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Zaida Bergroth
film profile
]
- Zaida Bergroth (Finland/Sweden)
What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alexandre Koberidze
film profile
]
- Alexandre Koberidze (Germany/Georgia)

Documentary Film

A New Shift [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Jindrich Andrš (Czech Republic)
A Song Called Hate - Anna Hildur Hildibrandsdóttir (Iceland)
All-In [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Volkan Üce (Belgium/The Netherlands/France)
Babi Yar. Context [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sergei Loznitsa
film profile
]
- Sergei Loznitsa (The Netherlands/Ukraine)
Flee [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
film profile
]
- Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway)
Gorbachev. Heaven [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Vitaly Manskiy (Latvia/Czech Republic)
Les Enfants Terribles [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Ahmet Necdet Cupur (France/Turkey/Germany)
Mr Bachmann and His Class [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Maria Speth (Germany)
Taming the Garden [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Salomé Jashi
film profile
]
- Salomé Jashi (Switzerland/Germany/Georgia)
The Banality of Grief [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Jon Bang Carlsen (Denmark)
The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Avi Mograbi
film profile
]
- Avi Mograbi (France/Germany/Finland/Israel)
The Most Beautiful Boy in the World [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Kristina Lindström and Kris…
film profile
]
- Kristina Lindström, Kristian Petri (Sweden)
The Other Side of the River [+see also:
trailer
interview: Antonia Kilian
film profile
]
- Antonia Kilian (Germany/Finland)
This Rain Will Never Stop [+see also:
film review
interview: Alina Gorlova
film profile
]
- Alina Gorlova (Ukraine/Latvia/Germany/Qatar)
We [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Alice Diop
film profile
]
- Alice Diop (France)

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