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Many of the films on HIFF’s programme have been awarded at festivals and praised by industry professionals and audiences around the world. Here are just a few of the awards HIFF films have received including fresh nominations for the European Film Awards announced on Monday.

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) granted its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to ADÈLE: CHAPTERS 1&2, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The award is the result of the votes cast by 245 critics worldwide, members of FIPRESCI, for titles that have premiered during the previous twelve months. The prize will be awarded to the director of the film, Abdellatif Kechiche and its producer, Brahim Chioua, at the opening gala of the San Sebastian Festival on September 20th.

14 HIFF films on the selection list for the European Film Awards 2013

The European Film Academy announced the titles of the 46 films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2013 on September 9th. 14 films on the HIFF 2013 programme are on the list. In the coming weeks, the 2,900 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the different award categories. The nominations will then be announced on November 3rd at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain. The award ceremony will take place on December 1st. The 12 HIFF films on the selection list are:

8-BALL
ARAF-SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN
BLANCANIEVES
CIRCLES
THE DEEP
EAT, SLEEP, DIE
AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER
A HIJACKING
I BELONG
IN BLOOM
OH BOY
THEPRIEST’S CHILDREN
STRANGER BY THE LAKE
WHAT RICHARD DID

HIFF films nominated as their country’s Oscar selection

Many films that will be shown at HIFF 2013 have also been selected to be their country’s official candidate for the Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature, among others:

IN BLOOM (Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß) – Georgia
CIRCLES (Srdan Golubovic) – Serbia
THE ROCKET  – (Kim Mordaunt) Australia
EAT SLEEP DIE (Gabriela Pichler) – Sweden
THE DISCIPLE (Ulrika Bengts) – Finland

The following HIFF films were awarded at the Berlinale this year: 

AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER (Jury Grand Prix – Silver Bear and Nazif Mujic / best male actor).
HARMONY LESSONS (special prize for cinematography)
Special mentions: PROMISED LAND and LAYLA FOURIE
The Panorama-award of The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI): INCH’ALLAH

The children’s jury Generation Kplus gave its Silver Bear for best children’s movie to THE ROCKET (Kim Mordaunt).

The Rocket was also awarded at the Melbourne International Film Festival, where it won the audience award of the festival – just as it did at the film festivals in Sydney and Tribeca. Another HIFF film which was also awarded in Melbourne was NORTHWEST, which recieved the TeleScope Award, which The Film Critics Circle of Australia gives to a European film of great merit. The jury called the film “a gritty and often strangely beautiful film about belonging and not belonging in today’s multicultural cities. This is a film that embraces politics and people – however unlovable.”

Ben Wheatley’s SIGHTSEERS was awarded Best Film at South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and Alice Lowe got rewarded for Best Actress.

 (Pictures from Adèle: Chapters 1& 2, The Disciple, In Bloom, The Deep and Circles)