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European Commission - Press release

MEDIA-backed films triumph at 2011 European Oscars

Brussels, 4 December 2011 - 6 films supported by the European Union's MEDIA programme for cinema were among those honoured at the 2011 European Film Awards in Berlin on 3 December. Melancholia received the award for best European film. In the other main award categories, Susanne Bier was named as best European Director, Colin Firth as best European Actor, and Tilda Swinton as best European Actress. In addition, The King's Speech received the People’s Choice Award for Best European Film and Stephen Frears was honoured with the European Film Academy's lifetime achievement award. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne took the award for European Scriptwriter.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "I'm delighted that10 out of the 12 main European film awards were linked to MEDIA-supported films. My sincere congratulations to all the winners, who epitomise everything that is best of our creative Europe."

17 out of the 24 nominated films at the awards received support totalling more than 7.5 million from the MEDIA programme for production and distribution. Overall, the MEDIA programme is contributing €755 million for Europe's film and audiovisual industry in the period 2007-2013, with a focus on improving distribution and strengthening competitiveness.

Last week, the European Commission put forward its budget proposal for 2014-2020, which envisages €900 million in support of the cinema and audiovisual sector as part of the Commission's new 'Creative Europe' programme (see IP/11/1399).

The European Film Awards are organized by the European Film Academy.

Full list of MEDIA supported films at European Film Awards in annex.

For more information:

About the EU’s MEDIA programme:

http://ec.europa.eu/media

About the European Film Awards:

http://www.europeanfilmacademy.org/the-european-film-awards/

Annex

MEDIA-backed films at the European Film Awards 2011

BEST EUROPEAN FILM

LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike), directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne (countries of production: Belgium/France/Italy)

HÆVNEN (In a Better World), Susanne Bier (Denmark)

THE KING’S SPEECH, Tom Hooper (UK)

LE HAVRE, Aki Kaurismäki (Finland/France/Germany)

MELANCHOLIA, Lars von Trier (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR

Susanne Bier for HÆVNEN (In a Better World)

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for LE GAMIN AU VELO

Aki Kaurismäki for LE HAVRE

Béla Tarr for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA

EUROPEAN ACTRESS

Kirsten Dunst in MELANCHOLIA

Cécile de France in LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike)

Charlotte Gainsbourg in MELANCHOLIA

Tilda Swinton in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2011

Colin Firth in THE KING’S SPEECH

Mikael Persbrandt in HÆVNEN (In a Better World)

Michel Piccoli in HABEMUS PAPAM

André Wilms in LE HAVRE

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for LE GAMIN AU VELO

Anders Thomas Jensen for HÆVNEN (In a Better World)

Aki Kaurismäki for LE HAVRE

Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD

Manuel Alberto Claro for MELANCHOLIA

Fred Kelemen for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

Adam Sikora for ESSENTIAL KILLING

EUROPEAN EDITOR

Tariq Anwar for THE KING’S SPEECH

Mathilde Bonnefoy for DREI (Three)

Molly Malene Stensgaard for MELANCHOLIA

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGNER

Paola Bizzarri for HABEMUS PAPAM

Antxón Gómez for LA PIEL QUE HABITO (The Skin I Live in)

Jette Lehmann for MELANCHOLIA

EUROPEAN COMPOSER

Alexandre Desplat for THE KING’S SPEECH

Alberto Iglesias for LA PIEL QUE HABITO (The Skin I Live in)

Mihály Vig for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2011 - Prix FIPRESCI

MICHAEL, Austria by Markus Schleinzer

SMUKKE MENESKER (Nothing’s All Bad), by Mikkel Munch-Fals

TILVA ROŠ, Serbia by Nikola Ležaić

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY DOCUMENTARY 2011 - Prix ARTE

PINA, Germany by Wim Wenders

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2011

LE CHAT DU RABBIN (The Rabbi’s Cat), France directed by Antoine Delesvaux & Joann Sfar

CHICO & RITA, Spain/Isle of Man by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba

UNE VIE DE CHAT (A Cat in Paris), France/Belgium by Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 2 295 92 58)

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)


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