The European Film Academy (EFA) has nominated six films for the European Discovery FIPRESCI prize, an award given to a first-time feature director.
The nominees include Lukas Dhont’s Girl, a drama about a young girl born in a boy’s body who dreams of being a ballerina. It premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes this year, winning the Caméra d’Or for best first feature as well as the Queer Palm.
This year’s Golden Bear winner from the Berlinale, Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not, is nominated, alongside Gustav Möller’s Danish thriller The Guilty, which won the world cinema dramatic audience award at Sundance in January.
The titles were chosen by a committee comprised of EFA board member Katriel Schory; festival programmers Mihai Chirilov and Azizie Tan; and film critics Isabelle Danel, Robbie Eksiel and Michael Pattinson as FIPRESCI representatives.
The nominated films will be submitted to over 3,500 EFA members to choose the winner, with the prize presented at the 31 European Film Awards on December 15 in Seville.
Last year’s prize went to William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth.