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The European Film Academy (EFA) has said it will exclude Russian titles from this year’s European Film Awards and supports a boycott of Russian films.

In a new statement released today (March 1), the EFA said: “The European Film Academy has joined the massive global sanctions currently in place against Russia and fully supports the Academy’s call of Ukrainian cinema to boycott Russian cinema”.

He adds: “We are fully aware that many of our members are fighting with arms against the aggressor. The Academy will therefore exclude Russian films from this year’s European Film Awards and we support every element of the boycott.

The European Film Awards take place every year in December.

The EFA also acknowledged that its previous statement, released on Saturday, did not go far enough in condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine. He said: “We recognize that this reaction should have happened earlier in recent days, but our democratic processes had to be followed. While these were taking place, the European Film Academy, in parallel and working discreetly behind the scenes, succeeded in raising funds and setting up support structures.

He continues: “The Academy strongly condemns the war started by Russia – Ukraine’s sovereignty and territory must be respected. Putin’s actions are atrocious and totally unacceptable, and we strongly condemn them. »

Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa canceled his EFA membership yesterday following the organization’s initial response to the Russian invasion.

The EFA has sent the latest statement to its members, who will have the opportunity to sign it and donate to the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (which was co-founded by the EFA). The list of signatories will be published tomorrow (March 2).

Read the full statement from the EFA below:

The European Film Academy unequivocally condemns the war and joins the Ukrainian Film Academy in boycotting Russian films

The European Film Academy has joined the massive global sanctions currently in place against Russia and fully supports the Ukrainian Film Academy’s call to boycott Russian cinema as expressed here.

The Academy strongly condemns the war started by Russia – the sovereignty and territory of Ukraine must be respected. Putin’s actions are atrocious and totally unacceptable, and we strongly condemn them.

What concerns us most is the fate of Ukrainians, and our hearts go out to the Ukrainian film community. We are fully aware that many of our members are fighting with arms against the aggressor. The Academy will therefore exclude Russian films from this year’s European Film Awards and we support every element of the boycott.

The European Film Academy remains a place of support and unity for all filmmakers who share our belief in human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights. . We recognize and appreciate those brave filmmakers in Russia who are standing up against this war. But in the face of a brutal and unwarranted attack, we must stand with our Ukrainian sisters and brothers whose lives are in danger.

We recognize that this reaction should have come earlier in recent days, but our democratic processes had to be followed. While these were taking place, the European Film Academy, in parallel and working discreetly behind the scenes, succeeded in raising funds and setting up support structures.

We therefore take this opportunity to unequivocally express our protest against this abominable war and to reaffirm and reiterate our full and total solidarity with the heroic people of Ukraine.

Berlin, March 1, 2022

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