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A total of 23 European films are competing for the new Latin American Critics' Award for European Films, which is being announced by European Film Promotion (EFP) for the first time. 34 Latin American film critics from 13 Latin American countries will first decide on their top three favourites before announcing and presenting the winning film during the Guadalajara Film Festival (7 - 15 June, 2024).

This is the selection - nominated by 23 national film promotion institutes from throughout Europe which is made up of feature-length fiction, animation or documentary films that had their international premiere at recent renowned international festivals or were shortlisted for the Academy Awards or the European Film Awards in the previous year:

Veni, Vidi,Vici by Daniel Hoesl (Austria), Holly by Fien Troch (Belgium), Excursion by Una Gunjak (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Dyad by Yana Titova (Bulgaria), Embryo Larva Butterfly by Kyros Papavasiliou (Cyprus), Brothers by Tomáš Mašín (Czech Republic), The Invisible Fight by Rainer Sarnet (Estonia), Once Upon a Time in a Forest (Finland), The Teachers’ Lounge by İlker Çatak (Germany), Animal by Sofia Exarchou (Greece), Pelikan Blue by László Csáki (Hungary), Solitude by Ninna Rún Pálmadóttir (Iceland), Housewife of the Year by Ciaran Cassidy (Ireland), Phantom Youth by Luàna Bajrami (Kosovo*), Wolfkin (Kommunioun) by Jacques Molitor (Luxembourg), Zivi Zdravi/Forever Hold Your Peace by Ivan Marinović (Montenegro), Bad Living by João Canijo (Portugal), Guardians of Formula by Dragan Bjelogrlić (Serbia), Observing by Janez Burger (Slovenia), Together 99 by Lukas Moodysson (Sweden), Reinas by Klaudia Reynicke (Switzerland), Sweet Dreams by Ena Sendijarević (The Netherlands) and Layla by Amrou Al-Khadi (UK).

With the first Latin American Critics’ Award for European Films, EFP is now focusing on the Central and South American continent and aims to boost the visibility and circulation of European films and “festival hits” in Latin America.

The Latin American Critics’ Award in cooperation with the Guadalajara Film Festival is made possible thanks to the national film promotion institutes. LatAm cinema and Cineuropa are the media partners.

about guadalajara film festival

The reinvention of Mexican cinema started at the Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG), and since then, the festival has become a fundamental meeting point for the Mexican and Ibero American film community. The FICG is the most solid film event in Latin America because of its program and the assembly of industry professionals, and has contributed substantially to the formation of audiences of cinema.

* “This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.”

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