30.09. - 09.10.2021

Experiencing Europe

The EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY FILM AWARD – a project initiated by FILMFEST HAMBURG and the EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY – is to be presented for the second time.


During the 2017 FILMFEST HAMBURG, five films from this year's selection of documentaries and feature films competing for the European Film Award were nominated by a jury (Fabian Gasmia, producer/Germany; Juho Kousmanen, director/Finland; Elli Mastorou, journalist/Belgium & Greece and Dagmar Brunow, film historian/Sweden). The five films were then screened at 20 European universities and became the subject of intense discussion in related courses and seminars. Each university then selected its favourite.

Representatives from the universities listed below will visit Hamburg from 5th to 7th December to choose a final winner, which will be announced on 7th December 2017 at the Körber Forum venue. The award will be given on 8th December 2017 in Berlin during the European Film Award ceremony.

Participating universities: University of Antwerp, Belgium; University College Cork, Ireland; Kadir Has University, Turkey; Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France; Liverpool John Moores University, U.K.; University of Lodz, Poland; Linnaeus University, Sweden; Utrecht University, the Netherlands; Universität Rostock, Germany; University of the Aegean, Greece; Katholische Péter-Pazmany Universität, Hungary; University of Udine, Italy; Karls-Universität Prag, the Czech Republic; Universität Lausanne, Switzerland; Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Romania; Singidunum University, Serbia; University of Oulu, Finland; Aarhus University, Denmark; Sapir College, Israel; University of the Basque Country, Spain.

Kathrin Kohlstedde, head of programming at FILMFEST HAMBURG: 'The European University Film Award is our way of getting young people excited about European cinema and encouraging them to explore the medium of film. We're looking forward to a lively discussion and can't wait to find out what this year's winning film will be.'

Marion Döring, managing director of the European Film Academy: 'The broad appeal of this award amongst students is proof that there is an engaged audience for European cinema, one that is open to being inspired. The crucial factor, determining how successful European films will be with the filmgoers of tomorrow, is whether we give them the chance to explore and grapple with these films today.'

The nominees are:

Heartstone by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland, Denmark; German distributor: Salzgeber); Home by Fien Troch (Belgium); Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russia, Belgium, Germany, France; German distributor: Wild Bunch Germany); The Other Side of Hope by Aki Kaurismäki (Finland, Germany; German distributor: Pandora Film Verleih) and the documentary The War Show by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon (Denmark, Syria, Finland).

The awards ceremony, which will be followed by a screening of the winning film, will take place on 7th December 2017 at 7.00 p.m. in cooperation with the Körber Foundation and Creative Europe Desk Hamburg at the KörberForum venue (address: Kehrwieder 12, Hamburg).

The 2017 European University Film Award receives support from the Körber Foundation, the Joachim Herz Foundation and NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.

In 2016, the European University Film Award went to Ken Loach for his film I, Daniel Blake (German distributor: Prokino).


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