New York based Casting Director, Avy Kaufman has worked with directors Ang Lee, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Jodie Foster, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Wong Kar Wai and many others on numerous acclaimed films. She was awarded an Emmy for the pilot of Showtime's Damages and received Emmy nominations for HBO's Empire Falls and The Night Of. Other honors include Casting Director of the Year (Hollywood Film Festival 2005), several Artios awards from her colleagues and inclusion in Variety's 2018 New York Women's Impact List.
Ingvar Sigurdsson, a graduate of The Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 1990, is one of Iceland's most respected actors, with an extensive background in classical and contemporary theatre, international films and TV series. He has also written and produced several films. Sigurdsson has been honored with numerous awards and recognition for his acting, including seven Edda Awards as Best Actor; The European Film Award as Best European Actor - People's Choice for his lead role in Angels of the Universe (2000); and selection as a European Shooting Star in 1999.
Macdara Kelleher is the Managing Director of Fastnet Films, one of Ireland's most successful production companies and Founder of leading Irish distribution outfit, Wildcard. He serves on the board of Screen Producers Ireland. Among his recent successes is the Irish box office #1 hit, BLACK'47, which premiered at the Berlinale (2018). Other productions include Mammal (2015), and Strangerland (2016), both of which premiered at Sundance. His most recent production is Nightflyers, the new George R.R Martin TV series from NBC-Universal and Netflix.
Tara Karajica is a Belgrade-based film critic and journalist. Her writings have appeared in Indiewire, Screen International, Variety, Little White Lies and Film New Europe, among many other media outlets, including the European Film Academy's online magazine, Close-up. She is a board member of NISI MASA as well as a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Women Film Critics Circle. In February 2018, she launched Fade to Her, a magazine about successful women working in Film and is a regular at film festivals as a film critic, moderator and jury member.
Macedonian born Teona Strugar Mitevska started as a child actor, trained as a painter and graphic designer and studied film at NYU. She directed her first short, Veta, in 2001 and her award winning feature debut, How I Killed a Saint, in 2004. She followed this up with several features, most recently, God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija. In 2016, Mitevska set up SISTERS AND BROTHER MITEVSKI with her siblings and has co-produced The Wild Pear Tree, Nightlife and Sieranevada. In 2018, France's Ministry of Culture awarded her the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
EFP EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, one of EFP's flagship programmes, has placed some of the most promising young actors from all over Europe into the limelight over the past 20 years and proven to be an essential stepping stone for launching their international careers. The most prominent names in recent years included: Carey Mulligan ("Mudbound"), Alba Rohrwacher ("Ismael's Ghosts"), Alicia Vikander ("Submergence"), Pilou Asbaek ("Game of Thrones"), Riz Ahmed ("Star Wars: Rogue One"), Mikkel Boe Foelsgard ("Land of Mine"), and George MacKay ("Captain Fantastic").
Each year, young actors from all over Europe – who have already made a name for themselves in their home countries – are nominated by the EFP member organisations to take part in the prestigious programme. A jury of industry professionals selects the ten most interesting and internationally versatile talents to be introduced to the press, industry and public at the Berlin International Film Festival. As a European Shooting Star, the actors and actresses attend a tailor-made programme, including meetings with casting directors, talent agents and producers, which broadens and strengthens their international industry alliances and networks. The activities culminate in a glamorous presentation of the European Shooting Stars Awards at the Berlinale Palast.
Rachel Weisz (United Kingdom 1998), Franka Potente (Germany 1998), Maria Schrader (Germany 1999), Daniel Craig (United Kingdom 2000), August Diehl (Germany 2000), Nina Hoss (Germany 2000), Thure Lindhardt (Denmark 2000), Baltasar Kormákur (Iceland 2001), Heike Makatsch (Germany 2001), Ludivine Sagnier (France 2001), Tuva Novotny (Sweden 2002), Jérémie Renier (Belgium 2002), Daniel Brühl (Germany 2003), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Denmark 2003), Matthias Schoenaerts (Belgium 2003), Cécile de France (France 2003), Elena Anaya (Spain 2004), Ruth Negga (Ireland 2006), Riccardo Scamarcio (Italy 2006), Anamaria Marinca (Romania 2008), Verónica Echegui (Spain 2009), Sylvia Hoeks (The Netherlands 2011), and Carla Juri (Switzerland 2013).
Each of the 37 EFP member countries can nominate a candidate. The final selection is made by an international jury of industry professionals, which decides on the ten most promising and internationally versatile young actors and actresses.
The selection is based on the following criteria:
For general information please contact moc.enilno-pfe@ofni.
For more information on the national selection, please contact the respective EFP member.
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