05 May, 2022

We are delighted to announce that the European Film Academy has selected DokuFest as a nominating film festival for the European Film Awards in two categories, namely that of the short film and documentary film.

The short film selection and nomination procedure is organized by the European Film Academy and European Film Academy Productions in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards. Once the list of candidates is complete in September 2022, the participating festivals will nominate five short films from this list.

DokuFest will also nominate one European documentary film to a pool of nominations, from where a committee of Academy Members and documentary experts appointed by the Academy Board will select 12 documentary films for the EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS DOCUMENTARY FILM SELECTION. At the end of the process the Academy Members vote for the winner.

The Artistic Director of DokuFest and member of the Academy, Veton Nurkollari stated:

We are extremely happy that our long standing collaboration with European Film Academy has yielded yet another recognition for DokuFest, as well as for Kosovo’s striving film scene. To become a nominating festival for EFA in two categories is a wonderful achievement and we are looking forward to contributing even more to the great project of the promotion of European cinema.

The creation of the European Film Academy was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Award’s ceremony held in November 1988. The European Film Academy was finally founded in 1989 as the European Cinema Society by its first president Ingmar Bergman and 40 filmmakers to advance the interests of the European film industry. Wim Wenders (1996-2020) and Agnieszka Holland followed in Bergman’s footsteps as Presidents of the Academy.

The European Film Academy seeks to support and connect its 4,200 members and celebrates and promotes their work. Its aims are to share knowledge and to educate audiences of all ages about European cinema. Positioning itself as a leading organization and facilitating crucial debates within the industry, the Academy strives to unite everyone who loves European cinema, culminating annually in the European Film Awards.

Every year, the various activities of the European Film Academy culminate in the ceremony of the European Film Awards which are presented jointly with European Film Academy Productions. In a total of 26 categories, among them European Film Director, Actress and Actor, the European Film Awards annually honors the greatest achievements in European cinema.

This year’s 35th European Film Awards will take place in Reykjavík on 10 December. Submissions will open in spring 2022, general submission deadline is 31 May 2022.