Films from German, Finnish, Bulgarian, Romanian and Israeli filmmakers will compete for the European Film Academy’s 2016 European Discovery Award for up-and-coming directors.
The Prix Fipresci for a first feature will be given out at the 29th European Film Awards in Wroclaw, Poland – the European Capital of Culture 2016 – on Dec. 10.
The nominees are “Dogs” (“Caini”), a co-production of Romania, France, Bulgaria and Qatar, from Romanian director Bogdan Mirica; “Liebmann” (pictured) from Germany, directed by Jules Herrmann; Israeli-French co-production “Sand Storm” (“Sufat Chol”) directed by Elite Zexer; “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” (“Hymyileva Mies”), a co-production of Finland, Germany and Sweden, directed by Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen; and “Thirst,” from Bulgarian director Svetla Tsotsorkova.
This year’s nominees were selected by a seven-member committee of EFA board members and members of Fipresci, the Intl. Federation of Film Critics, as well as German filmmaker and 2015 nominee, Tom Sommerlatte.
“Dogs” and “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki” saw their world premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in May. “Liebmann” premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. “Sand Storm” debuted at Sundance in January. “Thirst” saw its world premiere at last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival.
“The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki,” Finland’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar nomination, will screen at the upcoming 60th BFI London Film Festival in October.