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EFA names 2016 contenders

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions have now announced the 50 narrative and 15 documentary titles to be considered for this year’s European Film Awards.

There’s a fairly complex nomination process in play. The 20 largest countries in Europe get to nominate a title from their own country. A selection committee makes further nominations. Over the next couple of months members and juries will vote on nominations into specific categories.

Among the nominees are plenty of titles that have been travelling the international film festival circuit. 21 of the 65 titles named played this year’s NZIFF, with Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake one of the most widely-travelled. Gianfranco Rosi’s four-time winner at the Berlinale, Fire at Sea is the best-travelled of the documentaries.

Short films nominees are the winners of awards at partner festivals. Nina Gantz’s much-travelled animation Gantz is one of the seven titles so far announced.

Only six films made with partners beyond Europe are nominated. Three involve partners in Israel, two are made with partners in Qatar. The 2015 winner of the headline European Film Award was Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (pictured, top).

The titles up for consideration are here (narrative titles) and here (documentary titles). The nominees will be announced 5 November. The European Film Awards will be presented 10 December in Wroclaw, Poland.