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.
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