Six Debut Films Nominated for the European Film Awards 2021

The European Film Academy and FIPRESCI take great pleasure in congratulating the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2021 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a director for a first full-length feature film.

This year’s nominations were determined by a committee comprised of European Film Academy Board Members Anita Juka (Croatia) and Joanna Szymańska (Poland), producer/screenwriter Paula Alvarez Vaccaro (UK, Italy), producer Vladimer Katcharava (Georgia) as well as film critics Marta Balaga (Finland, Poland), Janet Baris (Turkey), Andrei Plakhov (Russia), Frédéric Ponsard (France) and Britt Sørensen (Norway) as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

France, Georgia, directed by Dea Kulumbegashvili
Written by Dea Kulumbegashvili & Rati Oneli

Lamb (DÝRIÐ)
Iceland, Sweden, Poland, directed by Valdimar Jóhansson
Written by Sjón Sjón & Valdimar Jóhansson

Playground (Un monde)
Belgium, Written a nd directed by Laura Wandel

Sweden, Netherlands, France, Directed by Ninja Thyberg
Written by Ninja Thyberg & Peter Modestij

Promising Young Woman
USA, UK, Written & directed by Emerald Fennell

The Whaler Boy (Kitoboy)
Russia, Poland, Belgium, Written & directed by Philipp Yuryev

The nominated films will soon be made available on the European Film Academy’s VOD Platform to the more than 4,100 Members who elect the winner. The European Discovery 2021 – Prix FIPRESCI will then be presented at the 34th European Film Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 11 December.

Berlin–Munich, 12 October 2021