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Race on for European University Film Award 2019


Students nominate five European films including Hamburg-produced "Systemsprenger"

The 25-strong jury behind the European University Film Award (EUFA) is expected in Hamburg from December 3-5, 2019 to decide on a winning film. Student representatives from 25 participating European universities will meet under the theme of Motto Discuss Film! Live Europe! to decide on the overall winner. The European Film Academy (EFA) and Filmfest Hamburg will present the award on December 6, 2019 in Berlin. The prize is awarded in a category, which was added to EFA earlier in 2019. The nominees include the Hanseatic production “Systemsprenger” directed by Nora Fingscheidt. The movie focuses on the wild, untamed nine-year-old Benni and her desperate quest for love.

For a networked Europe

The award aims to stir up enthusiasm among young people for European cinema and to spread the European idea to an audience of university students. “The EUFA is a success story in many respects. The award rewards and promotes outstanding films by European production companies and strengthens cultural exchange at the same time, which is a pillar of the European idea,” said Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality. The ministry is funding the winning film with EUR 10,000. “Becoming an official category of the EFA confirms the importance of film for a common European identity,” said Kathrin Kohlstedde, Programme Manger of Filmfest Hamburg.

Nominated movies

The nominated films are: “And Then We Danced” directed by Sweden’s Levan Akin, “God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya” directed by Macedonia’s Teona Strugar Mitevska, “La Paranza dei Bambini” (The Children’s Gang) directed by Italy’s Claudio Giovannesi, French director Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “Systemsprenger” (System Crasher) directed by Hamburg’s Nora Fingscheidt.

EUFAs presented in Berlin

The nominated films have screened at the 25 participating universities and were discussed in film classes. The winning movie will be announced and screened at the Studio-Kino in Hamburg-St. Pauli after the jury meets on December 5, 2019. The EUFAs will be presented on December 6, 2019 during the run-up to the EFA 2019. The award is backed by the Joachim Herz Stiftung, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Creative Europe Desk Hamburg in collaboration with the European Film Academy and NECS–European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.

Sources and further information:
And Then We Danced
God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
La Paranza dei Bambini
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Melissa KnausDec. 3, 2019