EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, EFP's initiative to spotlight Europe's 10 best up-and-coming acting talent, is widely regarded as an important stepping stone towards an international career – with past EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS including Carey Mulligan, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Pilou Asbaek and Alba Rohrwacher to name a few. Taking place over the first weekend of the Berlin International Film Festival, the initiative offers an extensive industry programme, including one-on-one meetings with international casting directors and producers to foster the talent's international career, and culminates in an awards ceremony on February 24 on the stage of the Berlinale Palast. All this would not be possible without the support of the very dedicated partners of EFP's prominent talent platform and networking initiative.

main partners

Creative Europe – MEDIA
Programme of the European Union
Ever since the start of the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS initiative, the MEDIA sub-programme dedicated to the financial support in the development, distribution and promotion of European films and its audiovisual industries, has been a crucial partner in making EFP's flagship initiative happen. Thanks to MEDIA's unwavering commitment, the programme could evolve into a tailor-made industry event that brings together talent, casting directors and producers.

The German and Chinese Culture Foundation
EFP is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the German and Chinese Culture Foundation for 2020's EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS. Since 2017, the foundation has been developing cross-border collaborations between Germany and China. Its aim is to support and promote educational and cultural projects in and between both societies with the goal to establish an international exchange programme for talents and young professionals in both worlds.

event partners

Audi backs the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS by contributing climate-friendly transfers – with all-electric trips in its progressive and elegant fleet – to drive up in style to the red carpet for the awards ceremony on 24 February. In addition, Audi provides the perfect setting for the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS press presentation, hosting the event at the Audi Berlinale Lounge. In this great location – directly opposite of the Berlinale Palast – Audi and the Berlinale present the Berlinale Open House Programme from 20 – 29 February, featuring varied event formats and exciting discussions with visionaries from the fields of film, culture and business on socially relevant topics.

L'Oréal Paris
Famous for providing the perfect red carpet looks for stars like Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria and former European Shooting Stars like Heike Makatsch – L'Oréal is a longstanding supporter of the up-and-coming actresses and actors. L'Oréal's make-up artists ensure that the European talent always look their best at the many official events and photoshoots they take part in.


The internationally renowned casting platform for theatre, television and film productions is partnering with the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS for the second time during the programme's Actors Industry Network event this year. On top of its extensive online database – which can be especially useful for talent from smaller countries, where the professional infrastructure is still emerging – Spotlight also offers studios in London, and a team of experts across Europe.

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and
German Films

The support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media providing national funding for arts and culture in Germany, and German Films has been essential in developing EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS and its Actors Industry Network over the years.


Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Two of the most important German regional film funding organisations are trusted and very welcome supporters of the programme. In addition to the important financial commitment, both institutions present the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS at their receptions giving their promotion an additional boost.




main media partner

Variety has presented the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS to the international film industry since 2010. The publication has been the seminal voice of the entertainment industry for 115 years and counting, and is the trusted source for the business of global entertainment. Read by a highly engaged audience of industry insiders, Variety's multi-platform content coverage expands across digital, mobile, social, print and branded events and summits.

media partner

EFP also wishes to thank Screen International, Blickpunkt Film and Cineuropa for their longstanding support of the initiative, as they annually present the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS. Sleek Magazine will feature the Shooting Stars for the fourth time with a special photoshoot. Our thanks also go to the online platform partners Fade to Her, HeyUGuys, Festival Scope and newly acquired partner CafeBabel.

efp members

The European Shooting Stars 2020 are supported by their national film institutes, EFP's member organisations: Bulgarian National Film Center, Danish Film Institute, Estonian Film Institute, Georgian National Film Center, German Films, Instituto do Cinema e do Audiovisual I.P. / ICA (Portugal), Polish Film Institute, SEE NL (The Netherlands), SWISS FILMS and UniFrance.


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Project Director

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Press and Communication

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