After a strong and passionate debate held by 13 students from 13 European countries in Hamburg I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach is the winner of the first European University Film Award (EUFA).
The winner was announced in the framework of the European Film Awards Weekend in Wrocław, at the welcome reception hosted by the Creative Europe Desk Poland and the New Horizons Association on December 9, 2016.
The award was presented to Ken Loach and the films producer Rebecca O'Brien, main actor Dave Johns and screenplay writer Paul Laverty by Filmfest Hamburg director Albert Wiederspiel.
From the jury statement: "With a strong critique, Ken Loach has the courage to show what the media and the general ideology have been ignoring. It makes us question not only the tendency in society but also the connection between our existence and citizenship. Thanks to its straightforward narration, I, DANIEL BLAKE manages to show how bureaucracy and the State are involved in our lives. It puts it in a way that is accessible for all audiences to understand and is a necessary critique of the obsolete governmental apparatus that not only resonate in the United Kingdom, but in Europe as a whole."
The jury consisted of: Anna Hinglais (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. / France), David Hecht (Charles University, Prague / Czech Republic), Eva Jazmin Garcia Marquez (University of Udine / Italy), Hanna Olson (Linnaeus University / Sweden), Jasper Keijzer (Utrecht University / Netherlands), Kevin Plisner (University of Lodz / Poland), Kristóf Sági (Pázmány Péter Catholic University / Hungary), Lauren O'Bern (Liverpool John Moores University / United Kingdom), Maria Francisca de Abreu-Afonso (University of Lisbon / Portugal), Norman Tzschoppe (University of Rostock / Germany), Peter Colm Calnan (University College Cork / Ireland), Selin Yağcı (Kadir Has University / Turkey) and Terpandros Vasileios Patselis (University of the Aegean / Greece)