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European Film Awards - Voting Now Open

by Nathaniel R

The Favourite may have lost most of its Oscar nominations but it can still win some EFAs!

The 32nd annual European Film Awards are happening this December 7th in Berlin. Voting for the People's Choice prize is now open. And -- "gay rights!"-- The Favourite still probably has another award ceremony to get through. Due to the EFA's non-calendar year eligibility as well as the complications of release patterns in multiple countries and the EFA's non-fussiness about dates you'll find that the people's choice options are a very strange mix this year from THREE calendar years worth of movies (2017-2019). 

After the jump, that odd group as well as two longlists (to give you festival prioritizing help) before the nominations are announced in early November...




and you can vote right here.


The EFAs proper (the prizes you can't vote on since that's up to the EFA membership itself) wont announce their nominations until November 9th but they have announced the finalist lists for both documentaries and features which are as follows...



  • Advocate (Israel)
  • Acquarela (Germany) -- currently in US theaters
  • Delphine & Carole (France)
  • For Sama (UK/US) -- already played its US run
  • Heimat is a Space and Time (Germany/Austria)
  • Honeyland (North Macedonia) - OSCAR SUBMISSION THIS YEAR. Currently in US theaters
  • M (France)
  • Push (Sweden)
  • Putin's Witness (Latvia)
  • Scheme Birds (Sweden)
  • Selfie (France/Italy)
  • The Disappearance of My Mother (Italy)


These 46 films will be where they draw their nominations from for the 2019 EFA nominations

Sweden's remarkable Georgian-based film AND THEN WE DANCED is an EFA longlister and Oscar submission


  • All Good (Germany)
  • By the Grace of God (France)
  • Bad Poems (Hungary)
  • Beanpole (Russia)
  • Chained (Israel)
  • Clergy (Poland)
  • Dafne (Italy)
  • Dirty God (The Netherlands)
  • The Favourite (UK, Ireland)
  • Fire Will Come (Spain, France, Luxembourg)

God Exists, her Name is Petrunija about a woman crashing an all male event. The Macedonian comedy has been sold to 15 countries already.

  • God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija (North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia...)
  • Gundermann (Germany)
  • High Life (Germany, Poland, UK, France)
  • I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Romania's Oscar submission last year)
  • I Was At Home, But... (Germany, Serbia)
  • Jumpman (Russia, Ireland, France, Lithuania)
  • Joy (Austria)
  • Les Miserables (France)
  • Little Joe (Austria, UK, Germany)
  • Mr Jones (Poland, UK, Ukraine)
  • Non-Fiction (France)
  • Oleg (Latvia, Lithuania...)

It's been 13 years since Pedro Almodovar's last Oscar attention. Can "Pain & Glory" return him to the mix?

Tel Aviv on Fire is an Ophir nominee this year (Israel's Oscars)

  • Tel Aviv on Fire (Israel's Oscar submission finalist -- in US theaters now)
  • A Twelve Year Night (Spain, France... was Uruguay's Oscar submission last year)
  • The Traitor (Italy)
  • Twin Flower (Italy)
  • Werewolf (Poland, Germany, The Netherlands)
  • A White White Day (Iceland)
  • Yesterday (UK)
  • Young Ahmed (Belgium)



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Reader Comments (10)

I saw Sink or Swim two days ago and I really didn't like it. I can't stand French movies when they try to be "commercial".

Tough choice! I love Cold War, Girl, Dogman, and Lazzaro. I wish Climax! was in the mix. I also love The Favourite but I'm done with that movie.

September 2, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Ugh.... who and why would anyone want to vote for Fantastic Beasts 2?

September 2, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

As long as Othiefia Stoleman’s do not rob anyone else’s deserved award

September 2, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterFadhil

Can the inferior performance to Stoleman, but overdue, Close show up here? (Hey, I’m like /3rtful and have my senses about me to know Othiefia was clearly better, but overdue should be the main factor in prizes for a particular calendar year, goddamnit!!)

September 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterFadhil

It warms my heart to see Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! listed alongside The Favourite, Cold War, and Border WHERE IT BELONGS.

September 3, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterchasm301

Happy as Lazarro for sure!!

September 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAndre

"God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija" may be the best film title of all time. I'd want to see it based on that title alone!

September 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

@ Evan

WOW. I was thinking exactly the same thing. The movie title is better than the tagline from The Brand New Testament: God exists, he lives in Belgium

PLUS: Balkan cinema is terrific with dark comedy (Who´s Singing Over There?, Underground, Black Cat White Cat ) so this title is a must-see for me.

September 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCésar Gaytán

I saw And then we danced in Cannes and I loved it! Great flick!

September 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterFrenchToast

Spain selected Almodovar's "Pain & glory" as their submission to the International Film Oscar-rally :)

September 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKris

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