european shooting stars

GERMANY // Albrecht Schuch in Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani
GERMANY // Albrecht Schuch in Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani
Albrecht Schuch (Germany) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
PORTUGAL // Alba Baptista in Warrior Nun by Simon Barry
Alba Baptista (Portugal) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
IRELAND // Fionn O’Shea in Dating Amber by David Freyne
Fionn O'Shea (Ireland) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
FINLAND // Seidi Haarla in Force of Habit by Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi, Kirsikka Saari, Miia Tervo, Reetta Aalto
Seidi Haarla (Finland) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
HUNGARY // Natasa Stork in Preparations To Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time by Lili Horvath
Natasa Stork (Hungary) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
LITHUANIA // Žygimante Elena Jakštaite in Runner by Andrius Blazevicius
Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė (Lithuania) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
THE NETHERLANDS // Martijn Lakemeier in The East by Jim Taihuttu
Martijn Lakemeier (The Netherlands) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
NORTH MACEDONIA // Sara Klimoska in Lena and Vladimir by Igor Aleksov
Sara Klimoska (North Macedonia) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
SWEDEN // Gustav Lindh in Orca by Josephine Bornebusch
Gustav Lindh (Sweden) © Fabian Raabe / EFP
FRANCE // Nicolas Maury in My Best Part by Nicolas Maury
Nicolas Maury (France) © Fabian Raabe / EFP


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, up-and-coming 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.

Since 1998 323 European actors (178 women / 145 men) from 34 countries were awarded as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STAR.

2021 edition

After the successful launch of 10 EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS in February via an online Kick Off Show, industry meetings and networking sessions with casting directors, agents and producers as well as interviews and public panels, there was a grand finale for 8 of the 10 actresses and actors: they re-united at the Berlinale Summer Screenings and received their prize finally.

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The Actors Industry Network (AIN) is a tailor-made program for the selected 10 European Shooting Stars to connect and network with International Casting Directors, Talent Agents and Producers. The platform aims to give the young talent the chance to forge, broaden and strengthen industry alliances in Europe and around the globe.

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how to become

Each of the 37 EFP member organizations can nominate a candidate. The final selection is made by an international jury of industry professionals.

To be nominated as a Shooting Star, a candidate must:

  • have acknowledged experience in their native country but should be a newcomer / discovery internationally
  • have been cast in a main role in either the feature-length film (World Premiere from March 2021 onwards) or in the high-end drama series (for international release in 2021) for which the actor is nominated
  • be at least 16 years old
  • be fluent in English

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For more information on the national selection, please contact the respective EFP member.

selection made by

Every year EFP appoints a jury of prominent industry figures (director, producer, actor, casting director, film journalist) to select Europe's best young actors from a variety of up-and-coming acting talent from all over Europe.

Combining their diverse expertise in the various fields of the creative filmmaking process, the jury will select the ten most talented and internationally diverse young actors and actresses from the candidates who have been nominated by their respective EFP member organisations for the upcoming edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS.

Details about the 2021 jury and previous editions here!

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Find out who has been a european shooting star through the years here...


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