European Film 2020: Discovery Nominees

European Film Academy: Discovery Nominees


'Instinct' Film Still — Publicity — H 2019
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

Debut features, including Halina Reijn’s ‘Instinct,’ Zoé Wittock’s ‘Jumbo,’ and Cannes 2020 hit ‘Gagarine’ from directors Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh are among the contenders for this year’s best first film award.

The European Film Academy (EFA) has unveiled the five nominees for this year’s European Discovery award, the best first-film prize presented as part of the Academy’s European Film Awards.

The nominees are the best-reviewed films to come out of Europe recently, including Instinct, from Dutch actress-turned-director Halina Reijin, which features Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten, and Aladdin‘s Marwan Kenzari; Zoé Wittock’s Belgium feature Jumbo, about a shy woman who falls in love with an amusement park ride; and Gagarine, a French drama from first-timers Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, one of stand-out hits of the 2020 Cannes Virtual Film Market.

Also nominated are Full Moon from Bosnian director Nermin Hamzagic, the Lithuanian drama Issac from director Jurgis Matulevicius, and Sole, from Italian filmmaker Carlo Sironi, which had its world premiere in Venice last year.

The five nominated films will be made available to European Film Academy members on the EFA’s VOD platform.

The 3,800 EFA members will vote on the winner, which will be announced at the 33rd European Film Awards ceremony on Saturday, December 12.