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Take off for the 22nd Edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS at the Berlin International Film Festival 2019

Press releases 2018-11-25

For the 22nd edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS (Feb 8 – 11, 2019) – EFP’s high profile programme for internationally most promising European acting talents at the Berlin International Film Festival – the EFP member organisations have nominated 29 European actresses  and actors of which 10 will be selected by an expert jury. The nominees have qualified for this important stepping stone in their career by already starring in their first leading roles and receiving awards for their performances or their films in their home countries. Most importantly, they also carry a strong screen presence and the special quality it takes to step out into the international film market.

Festival Director of the Berlin International Film Festival Dieter Kosslick, echoes this sentiment:
"Supporting these up-and-coming actresses and actors, who have already accomplished a lot in
their home countries, is so much part of the Berlinale philosophy that we are more than happy
to roll out the Red Carpet for them. Over the years it has been a great pleasure to follow the
careers of these outstanding European acting talents, many of them returning to present their
latest films here in Berlin, like Alba Rohrwacher or Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. These
are only a few examples to show the high standards set by the Shooting Star jury. So I am very
much looking forward to welcoming the next generation of European stars in the making and
presenting them at centre stage at the Berlinale Palast.”
The challenging task of selecting the lucky ten out of the exceptional nominees falls to five
experts in the various fields of creative film-making: award-winning Macedonian director Teona
Strugar Mitevska (God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija), renowned US-casting director Avy
Kaufman (The Circle), Belgrade-based film critic and journalist Tara Karajica (NISI MASA, Fade to
Her), former Irish Producer on the Move Macdara Kelleher (Black ‘47), and former EUROPEAN
SHOOTING STAR, multi award-winning Ingvar Sigurdsson (Mihkel) from Iceland.
Over the years EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS has reinvented itself, turning into a major
promotion and networking event for up-and-coming actors, casting directors and producers. It
culminates in the ceremony for the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS Award at the Berlinale Palast,
which is donated by main partner Leysen1855. By presenting the aspiring stars at one of the
most important international film festivals and presenting them extensively to the international
press and media EFP’s initiative provides the participants with an important introduction to the
international film industry and a significant spotlight for career opportunities. The programme is made possible with the financial support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the
European Union and the participating EFP member organisations.
The ten EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2019 will be announced on 11 December 2018.
For more information about EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2019 and the jury, please go to
www.efp-online.com

Contact EFP:
Karin Dix (Project Director), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: +49 40 398 403-0
Doris Bandhold (Press Officer), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: +49 40 398 403-16
EFP will again be supported in their international press campaign for the EUROPEAN SHOOTING
STARS 2019 by the London-based PR agency, Organic.
Contact Organic:
Julia Nowicka This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: +44 207 052 1271
Dheeraj Agnihotri This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: +44 207 052 1294

Last modified on 2018-11-25