EFA Patrons


Santi Vila, Minister of Culture. Government of Catalonia
From the beginning the Ministry of Culture of Catalonia has followed with interest the work of the European Film Academy to promote European audiovisual production in Europe. In 2004, Barcelona hosted the awards ceremony at which Contra la pared by Fatih Akin was the winner. On that occasion, the Ministry of Culture worked in collaboration with the European Film Academy on the organisation of the awards for the first time. Years later, specifically in 2008, the Catalan Film Academy began its activity in Catalonia. The main aims of this institution are to promote Catalan cinema, unite the profession and achieve international recognition. The Ministry of Culture of Catalonia firmly believes in the importance of the work of these collegial representation and promotion platforms. Hence, its ties to their initiatives and its joining the European Film Academy as a patron are an important step forward. With common aims and approaches, the Ministry of Culture and the European and Catalan Film Academies, respectively, are starting out together to promote audiovisual production and achieve maximum visibility and maximum recognition for our film industry in the main international forums.


Jeanne Brunfaut
Director General
At Centre du Cinéma, we believe that cinema is a major factor for deepening the European identity. We are proud and happy to support the European Film Academy which remains a great window for the image of European films world-wide. We also believe that EFA will be an effective tool and help European decision makers understand the role of European cinema in the preservation of cultural diversity.



Frédérique Bredin
President of the CNC
(picture: Christian Kettinger)

France has successfully created an ambitious public policy based on cultural diversity. With 56 co-production agreements and programs for supporting film directors wherever they come from, France is the friend of all cinema world-wide. Seventy years after it was founded, the CNC continues to consolidate its role as an original ecosystem, envied and even imitated in many countries. Its aim is to fund the most singular French and international artists, to regulate the film and audiovisual markets, and also to maintain and promote the memory of the cinema of the past. Through its partnership with the European Film Awards, the CNC is re-affirming its cultural ambition, that of a fraternal Europe, driven by culture. This Europe is a wonderful idea because it is a message of hope and of dialogue between cultures that resounds world-wide.


Fredrik ZanderHead of Art & Entertainment
Fredrik Zander
Head of Art & Entertainment
Chimney is happy to be one of the European Film Academy’s patrons and support an organisation that is so important to European film. Founded in Stockholm in 1995, Chimney’s success has come from a belief in working with the most talented within an environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and joy. More than 40 feature films pass through our offices each year, roughly half of them being co-productions. We are storytellers at heart
and our focus is on quality over quantity. Thanks to that we help clients achieve entertaining and impactful moving images across all media.


Henrik Bo Nielsen

2016 has been a year of huge surprises in the global political arena – first Brexit, then Trump. Events that ought to occasion reflection and self-scrutiny, not least in Europe. Clearly, a lot of people fear the future, lack a sense of community and feel overlooked. Is it just the political elite that has been deaf and blind – or do artists and cultural institutions also need to take a good, hard look in the mirror? While European cinema or art as such shouldn’t be seen as instruments of societal change, we must at least ask ourselves, if we do enough to learn more about each other. Do we insist enough on our cinematic narratives having a diversity of voices? High and low, light and dark, from the inner circles and the margins alike – we are going to need them all in the time to come.


Jędrzej Sabliński
We are really proud to be among the European Film Academy’s patrons!
Our company – DI Factory – appeared on the Polish market in 2013 but it benefits from many years of earlier experience of its team in digital for feature films. We guarantee the highest standards of image quality during the whole post-production processes – from the film set to theatre release. Great looking image is our passion!  DI Factory has done more than 50 full Digital Intermediates to most significant Polish feature film titles of the last four years – just to mention:  IDA by Paweł Pawlikowski, awarded with 5 EFAs and an Oscar, or the late Andrzej Wajda’s feature AFTERIMAGE. We are also heavily involved in digital restoration and the promotion of Polish film classics. We are sure that the European Film Awards are the best way to show the variety and richness of our Polish cinema.


Edith Sepp
Head Of Institute
Watching a film is like waking up in someone else’s dream. The cinema lights are dimmed and the flickering images spark to life showing us the celluloid vision that touches our emotions. These dreams – European dreams on big screens – are, each, very different and it is this diversity which makes them so intriguing for us to watch. The Estonian Film Institute is small in stature but strong in vision. For us, filmmaking means approaching the industry on a most international level. This kind of filmmaking is based on openness, flexibility and international co-operation. The size does not matter, but what people can do and what kind of screen-dreams they have does matter. For Estonia, it is a great honour to be a patron for the European Film Academy – the place where all our dreams meet on screen.


Roberto Olla, Executive Director
For more than 25 years Eurimages has supported a wealth of international co-productions and has made a major contribution to promoting cultural diversity through cinema. The Fund has a rigorous selection process and encourages producers to strive for excellence in independent cinema. We are proud to be associated with the European Film Awards and to be able to honour highly talented producers who are passionate about independent cinema with the European Co-production Award - Prix Eurimages. 


Maritha Norstedt
Film Finances are proud to be associated with the European Film Awards. Film Finances is the world leader in completion guarantees. We help movies get to the big screen. We provide financiers with a service that gives them an assurance that the film will be delivered on time and that the over-budget costs will not be the financier's responsibility.
EFA gives us the opportunity to participate in the future of European films.


Guy Daleiden
Managing Director
The Luxembourgers are on board! It is with great satisfaction and pleasure that the Luxembourg Film Fund support the European Film Awards. Our national film industry lives above all through European co-productions and for the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg it is absolutely important that the work and talent in all these films should be recognised and rewarded. 


Mikael Fellenius
Acting CEO from 1 Jan 2017
Foto: Ola Kjelbye

Film i Väst – Your Scandinavian Partner in Co-Productions

Film i Väst is one of Europe’s leading regional film funds, located on the Swedish west coast in Västra Götaland. Film i Väst is active as Co-Producer and Investor in International and Swedish film and TV-drama. Film i Väst is a proud patron to European Film Academy´s support and profiling of European film. A task and mission which will be even more important in the future.


Pierre Drouot, CEO
Besides our strong belief in European cinema, we also believe in the European Film Awards as probably the best instrument on hand today in the promotion and marketing of the wide and colourful variety European cinema has to offer. Therefore we are extremely proud and excited to be among the European Film Academy’s patrons.


Laufey Guðjónsdóttir, Director
The Icelandic Film Centre supports the development, production and distribution of Icelandic films and promotes film culture in Iceland. One of our most important tasks is to encourage strong ties between Icelandic filmmakers and the international film community. In recent years we have welcomed many European productions to our shores, and our own films and filmmakers have benefited enormously from collaborations with our
European partners. We’re proud to be a patron of the European
Film Academy and we look forward to a strong and fruitful relationship
well into the future.


Filomena Serras Pereira
ICA–Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual– was created in 2007, succeeding ICAM (Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimedia). Responsible to the Ministry of Culture, ICA 's main tasks are to support production, distribution, exhibition and promotion of Portuguese cinema and audiovisual products, within the country and abroad.
Providing ongoing financial support for independent production, ICA seeks to contribute to the construction of a solid and integrated industry in Portugal.
ICA also supports the promotion of Portuguese cinema and audio-visual media in all international film festivals, as well as providing assistance to help to ensure the presence of producers at various events.
ICA is glad to support the European Film Academy and we strongly believe this is an important opportunity to promote European film among ourselves as well as outside European borders.


James Hickey, Chief Executive
Supporting Irish creative talent in film is the main thrust of the policy of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board. We are delighted to join with our European colleagues on supporting the European Film Academy and in particular its awards ceremony which recognises European creative talent in film. Major challenges face European film in the years ahead. In becoming a patron of EFA we see this as an opportunity to participate in the dialogue about the future of European film where the focus is on the strength and diversity of European creative film output. Ireland has a long history of contribution to and vigorous engagement with all aspects of European Culture.


Roberto Cicutto, President & CEO
Istituto Luce - Cinecittà is the state-owned company whose main shareholder is the Italian Ministry for Culture, subsidising its activities on an annual basis.
Istituto Luce - Cinecittà holds one of the most important European film and photographic archives in which are collected and digitally categorised both its own productions, and materials derived from private collections and acquisitions from a variety of sources. It is a large audio-visual collection concerning the history of the twentieth century, and it has also been inscribed by UNESCO in the registry “Memory of the World”.
Istituto Luce - Cinecittà’s institutional work includes promoting Italian cinema both at home and abroad by means of projects dedicated to the great authors, actors and personalities of the past and their classic films, as well as contemporary ones.  These projects are presented in collaboration with the most relevant cultural institutions of the world.
Istituto Luce is proud to be one of the patrons of the European Film Academy, since our mission cannot be successful without such a strong network as EFA.


Arben Zharku
The Kosovo Cinematography Center is a public film fund of the youngest country in Europe aiming to rebuild the historically interrupted film tradition and giving space to accumulating filmmaking talents. Being part of EFA is an honour for us and a great opportunity to network with other European fellow bodies in developing film production and film promotion 


Rolandas Kvietkauskas
The Lithuanian Film Centre is proud to join the European Film Awards’ patrons. Representing our small film community, which has a strong artistic tradition and passion for co-production, we feel that it is essential to contribute to the celebration of European film culture.
The European Film Awards are a  powerful embodiment of creativity and diversity in cinema, which our talented artists and skilled producers will share with the audience through their own stories. We look forward to the new discoveries ahead of us.


Doris Pack
Culture plays a fundamental role in constructing our societies.
With this in mind, the European Parliament launched the LUX FILM PRIZE in 2007 with the aim of enhancing the circulation of European films across Europe and sparking Europe-wide debate and discussion of major societal issues such as immigration, integration, poverty, freedom of expression and women’s rights.
The LUX FILM PRIZE is a unique initiative. While most European co-productions are shown only in their country of origin and are rarely distributed elsewhere, the LUX FILM PRIZE gives three European films the rare opportunity to be subtitled in the EU’s 24 official languages, screened and discussed across Europe.
We are very proud to join the family of the European Film Academy, the best place to showcase the richness of European Cinema.


Mimi Gjorgoska Ilievska
The Macedonian Film Agency as a legal successor of the Macedonian Film Fund will continue to be a patron of the European Film Academy. Being associated with the European Film Academy gives us a wonderful opportunity to affirm our orientation for the equal treatment and support of national and international co-productions as a way of providing international distribution, recognition and promotion of European films. In that way, the European Film Awards are a celebration of the annual film creativity and a great tool for the promotion of European films and filmmakers!


Costas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus
Cyprus’ Ministry of Education and Culture is pleased to be associated with an organisation, having as its central aim to promote Europe’s film culture. I strongly believe that, by supporting the European Film Academy, we support European excellence in cinematographic works, communicate European values, as well as strengthening dialogue between different countries. 


Doreen Boonekamp, CEO
Foto: Yvonne Witte
Dutch arthouse films, documentaries, animation and especially children and family films enjoy increasing international success at major international film festivals world-wide. For a small country with a limited language area it is extremely important to belong to a strong and vibrant European film culture with its own values and distinct character. Dutch filmmakers are extending their focus to other European countries and beyond. They are actively participating in both majority and minority Dutch co-productions in order to exchange knowledge and creativity to raise the artistic level of productions and to stimulate the circulation of films across borders. We feel strongly connected to the European Film Academy which plays a vital role in presenting and warding European talent globally and we are honoured to be a patron. 


Piotr Dzięcioł

We are honoured that Opus Film is one of the patrons of the European Film Academy, and will support an organisation which is so important to European film and culture. 

The European Film Awards are particularly close to us. In 2015, IDA, a film which was produced by our studio and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, won the  EFA for European Film and four other categories. This is a huge honour for Polish cinema and the world of culture.

We are confident that this year's gala, which will be taking place in Wroclaw, will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the diversity and richness of the best works of the European film community.


Magdalena Sroka
Foto: Marcin Kułakowski

We are honoured to have this opportunity to host the European Film Awards for the second time in Poland. We come together in Wrocław, the 2016 European Capital of Culture - a city with a history of multiculturalism, not unlike contemporary European cinema. Polish filmmakers are an integral part of the greater European film family; it is a community whose accomplishments we celebrate and take pride in. Allow me to extend congratulations to all those nominated for this year's European Film Awards. I hope that the awards ceremony becomes a celebration of all European filmmakers and European cultural diversity. In this diversity lies the strength of our united Europe.



Antonio Muñoz
Delegate for Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism for Seville City Council
Seville’s City Council through its Institute of Culture and Arts organizes each November the Seville European Film Festival. Nowadays, European filmmaking is showing an extraordinary creative strength, full of new, different proposals to be explored and discovered. It is no exaggeration to say that new blood is running underground and above the surface in the old continent. Our festival is committed, through the fresh impetus of its director, José Luis Cienfuegos, to promote and encourage both the long creative tradition of renowned veteran filmmakers and the eagerness of the new talents - a goal that we proudly share with the EFA which honours our city and festival by announcing in Seville the nominees for the European Film Awards. 


Anna Serner, CEO
Film is essential for a democracy. Without it, many voices would never be heard, and all kinds of stories never be told. Thanks to the EFA, we are given a chance to see the fantastic diversity in Europe and share our realities, creating an understanding across the borders. My colleagues and I at the Swedish Film Institute are very proud to be one of the patrons of the EFA and present our Swedish films, just as much as we are looking forward to discover other important stories from all over Europe. 


Catherine Ann Berger
Managing Director
SWISS FILMS is the promotion agency and ambassador for Swiss cinema. We promote our films and talents at festivals and markets worldwide and help enhance their international visibility through curated bespoke film programs. We are proud to be one of the European Film Academy’s patrons and honoured to contribute to the unique power of Europe’s diverse cinematic voices by helping to bring our best films to your screens.