Prix Europa

TV, Radio and Internet - Europe selects its best productions

Prix Europa

The Council of Europe has had a pioneering role in building a European audiovisual space that allies human rights, cultural diversity and political pluralism, based on the right to freedom of expression enshrined in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. It is also at the origin of the Prix Europa which brings together television professionals, who between themselves, select the very best of the television programmes produced in Europe every year.

Launched in 1986 as a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Cultural Foundation, Prix Europa has since become a European reference for quality TV and radio production.

Held in Berlin, the week-long festival brings together more than 600 media professionals from more than 40 countries every year. The competition runs in three media categories, TV, radio and emerging media. The Council of Europe awards one of the thirteen Prix Europa prizes - for the best European TV production in the "Best Television Current Affairs Programme of the Year 2009" section.This category focuses on investigative journalism and is looking for TV programmes that increase public awareness of important societal issues and often provide an independent insight into some of the most pressing human rights problems European societies face today.

17-24 October, Berlin - Prix Europa 2009

Prix Europa 2009From 17 to 24 October, Berlin is playing host to the 23rd Prix Europa festival, at which awards will be presented to the best European productions from television, radio and new media. The 2009 festival will have as its theme the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe.

As general patron of the event, the Organisation will be awarding a prestigious prize to the best European TV production in the "Best Television Current Affairs Programme of the Year 2009" section. The Council of Europe Director of Communication, Seda Pumpyanskaya, has presented this award to the Dutch TV production "Backlight - Lockerbie revisited", a film of the author and director Gideon Levy.

The Special Prize Prix Europa for the best regional and local low-budget film went to the Russian production "Until the next ressurection" by directors Oleg Moroziv and Oleg Dane. The prize, spoonsored by the Congress, was handed over to Oleg Moroziv´s daughter by the Berlin politician and Congress member Günther Krug. (more...)

Do you know that... 2006 the Council of Europe was awarded with the Golden Patronage for 20 years of continuous support.