European Film Promotion is now focusing on the Central and South American continent and will be launching the Latin American Critics’ Awards for European Films for the first time.
Following the model of the well-established and successful Arab Critics’ Awards introduced in 2019, selected film critics from Latin America will choose their three favourites from the latest European films nominated by the national promotion institutes from throughout Europe, who are EFP’s member organisations. The winner will be announced at the Guadalajara Film Festival in June 2024.
“Our goal is to enhance the exposure and the circulation of European films and “festival hits” in Latin America, while at the same time recognising the invaluable role of film critics and journalists in promoting arthouse cinema. We are extremely grateful to the film critics participating in our jury for their interest in European films and their dedication to the programme, and we are pleased to announce this new award in co-operation with the Guadalajara Film Festival”, says EFP Managing Director Sonja Heinen.
“Promoting film criticism is a substantial feat for the Guadalajara Film Festival. We are happy to host this award and thus help to make this important work visible”, says Estrella Araiza, Managing Director of the Guadalajara Film Festival.
Thanks to the great support from LatAm cinema, Cineuropa, Berlinale Talents and FIPRESCI, who helped to reach out to Latin American film journalists, 34 critics from 13 Latin American countries are now ready to take on this prestigious task. Starting in March 2024, they will screen the nominated films which are feature-length fiction or documentary films that were released in the past year, had their international premiere at renowned A-festivals or were shortlisted for the Academy Awards or the European Film Awards in the previous year.
Following the critics' decision on their three finalists, the next step will be to select the final winner to be announced and presented at the Guadalajara Film Festival (7 - 15 June, 2024).
The entire selection process will be accompanied by extensive promotional activities.
The Latin American Critics’ Awards in cooperation with Guadalajara Film Festival is made possible thanks to the national promotion institutes. The media partners are LatAm cinema and Cineuropa.