Council of Europe Film Award (FACE)


thumb|Council of Europe - Council of Europe Film Award (FACE)The Council of Europe Film Award (FACE) is presented at the Istanbul International Film Festival by the Council of Europe to the director whose entry to the festival raises public awareness and interest in human rights issues and promotes a better understanding of their significance.

Philosophy

The presentation of the FACE award is destined to honour an artistic or documentary film that raises the profile of human rights in accordance with the values of the Council of Europe and the principles it stands for: individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law. The philosophy underlying the award's creation is the belief in the ability of film to transport its own message of human rights, tolerance and social inclusion to a wide audience. Cinema is not only an important expression of European culture, it is also a compass that can help to map out a route towards the Europe of the future – one that celebrates diversity and difference, that promotes equal opportunities for all its citizens, and that challenges abuse and intolerance.

Procedure and prize

The contribution winning the FACE award is selected by a jury from the entries in the "Human Rights in Cinema" section of the festival. This includes both documentaries and feature films investigating social change and individual dramas.

The FACE award consists of a sculpture in bronze (created by Freddy Ruhlman, entitled "Spirale de l'élévation") and a cash prize of 10000 €, which is offered in association with Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.

On 14 April 2007, the first Council of Europe Film Award was presented by Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, in the name of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis.cite web
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The 2008 Council of Europe Film Award was presented on April 19, 2008, by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.cite web
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The Council of Europe and the Istanbul International Film Festival

Turkey, a long standing member of the 47 nation Council of Europe, has a long and proud tradition of film making. Between 1950 and 1970 it topped the league of the world’s most prolific film industries. Many of the films have reflected the changes in Turkish society, holding up a mirror to topics as diverse as domestic violence and the role of women, the problems of migration from the countryside and poverty in the cities. These films have served to boost inclusiveness and respect for human rights.

At the same time, Turkish film makers have suffered the same problems in recent years as their colleagues elsewhere; the drying up of funding, increased competition from the big players and the challenges of new technology. The Council of Europe manages Eurimages, the body that funds the co-production and distribution of films and fosters co-operation between professionals. It is also home to the European Audiovisual Observatory, the only centre of its kind to gather and circulate information on the audiovisual industry in Europe, including cinema, television and radio.

Award holders

# 2007: "Bamako / "The Court"", directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, a Malian director, whose film explored the exploitation of Africa by other world powers. "Bamako" shows a community “court” where the people of Mali can find justice. “"Equality, full respect for human rights and the active involvement of ordinary citizens are needed to ensure social justice, and are necessary for any social and economic development. For this reason the jury has decided to award the FACE award to Bamako / The Court"”
# 2008: "Mang Shan / Blind Mountain" by Li Yang "for its powerful message against all violence, no matter its form to women all over the world, because this message is both universal and timeless." "Blind Mountain" tells the story of a young student travelling to the north of China in pursuit of employment. The girl is abducted and sold as bride in an isolated village located deep in the mountains. Through her story, the film highlights the torment caused by human trafficking and violence against women. cite web
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External links

* [http://www.coe.int Council of Europe homepage]
* [http://www.coe.int/t/dc/files/events/2007_prix_film_istanbul/default_EN.asp? Council of Europe Film Award 2007 ]
* [http://www.iksv.org/film/english Istanbul International Film Festival homepage]
* [http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eurimages/default_en.asp Eurimages homepage]

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