1st EUFA Debate in Hamburg

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. Here is a gallery of pictures from the two-day deliberation meeting. Pictures by Kathrin Brunnhofer.

Filmfest Hamburg and the European Film Academy launched the 1st European University Film Award (EUFA) in early 2016, which is 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.

In its inaugural year, 13 universities from 13 different European were participating: Ireland, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Turkey, Sweden, Hungary, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Italy, Greece, France and the Netherlands.
Out of the 50 feature films and 15 documentaries eligible for the European Film Award 2016 a committee consisting of Feo Aladag (director, Germany), Dagmar Brunow (academic, Linnaeus University, Sweden), Luis Martinez Lopez (journalist, EL MUNDO, Spain) and Patrick Sobelman (producer, France) decided and announced a shortlist of five films nominated for the European University Film Award in early October at Filmfest Hamburg.

Between October and early December the five films FIRE AT SEA (Fuocoammare) by Gianfranco Rosi; GRADUATION (Bacalaureat) by Cristian Mungiu; I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach; THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI (Hymyilevä Mies) by Juho Kuosmanen, and TONI ERDMANN by Maren Ade were viewed and discussed by students in film and media studies classes at the participating 13 European universities, where each institution selected its top three films.

One student representative for each of the 13 universities came to Hamburg for a two-day deliberation meeting that took place 7/8 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 on 9 December.

The 1st EUFA Edition 2016 was supported by the Körber Foundation, The Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. and Creative Europe Desk Hamburg and realised in co-operation with NECS–European Network for Cinema and Media Studies and Prix collégial du cinéma québécois (PCCQ).