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12 January 2021

European Film Promotion (EFP) is proud to announce the ten EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS of 2021. For the first time, EFP will present the ten emerging European actors to the film industry, public and international press as part of a three-day online programme.
The 24th edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, EFP's oldest and most prestigious initiative to promote European acting talent, will take place digitally, from 23 to 25 February 2021, one week before the industry events of this year's 71st Berlinale (1 – 5 March).

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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!

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.

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


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2021: home of acting talent

Join, discover and celebrate the best in rising European acting talent, safely from your own home.

This year, as we unfortunately cannot introduce our wonderful Shooting Stars to you in person at the Berlinale as usual, we have created a digital experience via our online "Home of Acting Talent".
The "Home of Acting Talent" will open its doors for a 3 day programme of promotion and networking activities, including talks covering all aspects of casting, from 23-25 February in advance of the digital industry programme presented by the Berlinale/EFM.

SHOOTING STARS 2021 - ONLINE PROGRAMME 23-25 February 2021:

Day 1 - Tuesday, 23 Feb

  • Welcome, Talks with Jury Members, Drinks (for Shooting Stars Only)

Day 2 - Wednesday, 24 Feb

  • Kick Off Show (for Press & Industry & Public)
  • afterwards pre-scheduled individual Interviews with international Journalists
  • in the evening: "Social Hub Industry" (for Producers, Directors, Sales Companies, Shooting Stars and their agents)

Day 3 - Thursday, 25 Feb

  • Actors Industry Network (Shooting Stars meet international Casting Directors in pre-scheduled virtual meetings)
  • Online-Talks Programme about Casting and Promotion (for industry and public audience)
  • in the evening "Social Hub Acting" - Networking Reception mit Casting Directors, Agenten, Alumni Shooting Stars
  • "Wrap-Up Video" and announcement of Award Ceremony

    The Shooting Stars Award Ceremony will take place in the framework of the Berlinale screenings in the summer.


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

shooting stars in non pandemic times

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.

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