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Latest Critics' Prizes

Land of Silence.
"The Land of Silence"

Athens. At the 27th Panorama of European Cinema Festival Corn Island (Simindis kundzuli) by George Ovashvili won the FIPRESCI prize. More arrow.

Stockholm. Our winner, Saverio Costanzo's Hungry Hearts, was announced at the festival's ceremony alongside many other awards. More arrow.

Thessaloniki. Our jury at the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in the international competition awarded Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh, Ich Seh), directed by Austrian Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. In the Greek competition Norway (Norviyia) directed by Yiannis Veslemes won the FIPRESCI prize. More arrow.

Cottbus. At the 24th Festival of East European Cinema the FIPRESCI Prize went to Corrections Class (Klass Korrektsii) by Ivan I. Tverdovsky. More arrow.

Chemnitz. At the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences our jury awarded Cuban Behavior (Benimm Dich) by Ernesto Daranas Serrano. More arrow.

From What is Before.
"From What Is Before"

Warsaw. Assessing films from a range of sections, the FIPRESCI jury finally agreed on What a Wonderful World (Ce lume minunată), Anatol Durbală's pained study of the underreported-on events that rocked Chisinau and other Moldovan cities in April 2009, following widespread allegations of a rigged election. More arrow.

Busan. At the prestigous Far-East Film Festival in South Korea the FIPRESCI jury awarded the Iranian What's the Time in Your World (Dat donyaye to sa'at chand ast?) by Safi Yazdanian. More arrow.

Reykjavík. At the 11th Reykjavík International Film Festival our jury awarded Bota by Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci (Albania, Italy, 2014). More arrow.

Venice. It is the last of the three major European festivals after Berlin in February, and Cannes in May. It has the reputation of fostering artistic rather than commercial films but still attracts well-known stars and directors from all over the world. For the past three years it has been directed by Alberto Barbera, who returned to Venice in 2012 after a ten-year absence. More arrow.

Montreal. In a very quebecois spirit of resistance, the Festival des Films du Monde stood up proudly in a difficult context which was worth a screenplay itself with twists and suspense: main public sponsors cutting back their sponsorship, strained relationship with the French-Canadian film industry and some existential crisis about the very essence of the event. More arrow.

Force Majeure.
Motovun: "Force Majeure"

Locarno. Filipino director Lav Diaz is the winner of this edition of the Locarno Festival. His film From What is Before got the Golden Leopard and the FIPRESCI Prize. The critics appreciated it "for its outstanding cinematographic achievement in story-telling and its very impressive visual and narrative style that is unique and exceptional in terms of world cinematography and is linked with a profound political awareness of the country's history and with a deeply philosophical contemplation on time and space". More arrow.

Wroclaw. The festival presented a selection of young and unconventional filmmaking. Our jury of critics was impressed by the debut of Argentinean filmmaker Benjamin Naishtat, and appreciated his film History of Fear for its originality while handling a familiar subject. Naishtat tells a story from the suburbs of a Latin American metropole. Engin Ertan reviews the film. More arrow.

Motovun. This year the mountain of films presents itself in top form. Blue skies, green forest and an enthusiastic crowd willing to watch films all day at a temperature of 35 degrees. The Motovun Film Festival celebrates 16 years of existence this year and seems to be grown up already. More arrow.

Yerevan. The "Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival" has become the center for films of the region, and the showcase for new Armenian cinema. The critics jury presented the FIPRESCI Award to a Ukrainian first feature film, "The Tribe". Morearrow.

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Ibero-American Critic's Award


Fénix Ibero-American Critic's Award 2014:
FIPRESCI and Cinema 23 to Award
José Carlos Avellar for His Critical Work

Jose Carlos Avellar.

In the first edition of the Fénix Awards the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI, has decided to bestow the Ibero-American Critic's Award to Brazilian film critic José Carlos Avellar.
    An admired and appreciated writer, critic, teacher and programmer, Avellar worked for over twenty year's for the newspaper Jornal do Brasil, and has published six books on Brazilian and Latin-American cinema. The former vice-president of FIPRESCI is also Berlinale's delegate in Brazil. More information and examples of his work can be found in his website
    FIPRESCI has teamed up with Cinema 23 ( in its effort to promote Ibero-American cinema, and will acknowledge the contribution to film criticism in the region through the Ibero-American Critic's Award every year within the Fénix Awards ( The first edition will take place on Thursday, October the 30th, in Mexico City. The ceremony will be broadcasted live (at 8:30 PM local time) by E! Entertainment Television in Latin America, by Cinelatino in the United States, and by Canal 52 in Mexico.


European Discovery 2014


Five Debut Films Nominated
for European Discovery 2014

The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 — Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.
    This year's nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Members Ilann Girard (France) and Dagmar Jacobsen (Germany), EFA Members Paul Negoescu (Romania) and José Luis Cienfuegos (Spain), as well as Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Poland), Marco Spagnoli (Italy) and Neil Young (UK) as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

Nominated are:
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Spain, DIRECTED BY: Carlos Marques-Marcet, WRITTEN BY: Carlos Marques-Marcet & Clara Roquet, PRODUCED BY: Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Jana Díaz Juhl, Danielle Schleif & Pau Brunet
UK, DIRECTED BY: Yann Demange, WRITTEN BY: Gregory Burke, PRODUCED BY: Angus Lamont
France, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis, PRODUCED BY: Marie Masmonteil & Denis Carot
Ukraine, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, PRODUCED BY: Valentyn Vasyanovych & Iya Myslytska
Spain, DIRECTED BY: Fernando Franco, WRITTEN BY: Fernando Franco & Enric Rufas, PRODUCED BY: Koldo Zuazua
    The nominated films will soon be submitted to the more than 3,000 EFA Members to elect the winner. The European Discovery 2014 — Prix FIPRESCI will then be presented at the European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga on Saturday, 13 December — streamed live on





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