About EUFA

Inspired by a successfully and passionately run model in Québec, the Prix collégial du cinéma québécois (PCCQ), Filmfest Hamburg and the European Film Academy (EFA) launched in 2016 the 1st European University Film Award (EUFA) - presented and voted by European university students. The aim of this initiative is to involve a younger audience, to spread the "European idea" and to transport the spirit of European cinema to an audience of university students. It shall also support film dissemination, film education and the culture of debating.

Thanks to our enthusiastic partners the Körber Foundation, the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. and Creative Europe Desk Hamburg and in close collaboration with NECS–European Network for Cinema and Media Studies universities from all over Europe were invited to participate. In our First Edition in 2016 we started with 13 universities from 13 different European countries.

Out of the 50 feature films and 15 documentaries eligible for the European Film Award 2016 a committee of film experts decided and announced a shortlist of five films from five European countries nominated for the European University Film Award in early October at Filmfest Hamburg.

The announcement of the five EUFA nominations took place during Filmfest Hamburg in October. Afterwards, the five nominated films were viewed and discussed in the respective university classes and each institution selected its favourite film. One student representative for each of the 13 universities came to Hamburg for a two-day deliberation meeting in December. During those two days the students discussed all films together, exchanged arguments on the top three films that won the most votes across all universities and finally voted for the final winner. The 1st European University Film Award went to I, DANIEL BLAKE! Veteran British director Ken Loach received the award at the European Film Awards event in Wroclaw in December.

Our goal is gradually to involve universities of all 49 EFA member countries.


In times of growing nationalism in Europe and elsewhere we had the idea to look for a common element to foster a European understanding, to search for a common European identity defined by culture, especially by film.


In December 2016, 13 students from 13 European countries were invited to Hamburg to debate five films and elect their winning film, the 1st EUFA winner.
The winner was announced and the award was presented in the framework of the European Film Awards Weekend in Wrocław on December 9, 2016.
On December 8, 13 students meet at the Körber-Stiftung in Hamburg for the final debate to find the winner of the 1st European University Film Award.


Nominated Films

Based on the lists of 50 feature films and 15 documentaries from the EFA Selections 2016 a committee of film experts has nominated five films from five European countries

Dir: Gianfranco Rosi

Fire at Sea

Samuele is 12 years old and lives on an island in the middle of the sea. He goes to school, loves to shoot his slingshot and and to go hunting. He …

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Dir: Cristian Mungiu


Romeo Aldea (49), a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, …

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Dir: Ken Loach

I, Daniel Blake

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State.He crosses paths …

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Dir: Juho Kuosmanen

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

Everything is set for Olli Mäki to become the first ever Finn to be the world champion in featherweight boxing. His manager Elis Ask – a former …

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Dir: Maren Ade

Toni Erdmann

Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines. The suddenly student-less music teacher decides to surprise her with a visit after the death …

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