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EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2024. INVITATION: Sunday, 18 February 2024

The European Film Promotion (EFP) presents Europe‘s most promising up-and-coming acting talent during the Berlin International Film Festival‘s opening weekend with a series of profile-raising events, culminating in the annual European Shooting Stars Awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Monday evening, 19 February.

The EFP is delighted to invite you to the press presentation & interviews of the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS at the 74th Berlinale. 
Please find the official invitation here

Press presentation & interviews 
Date: Sunday, 18 February 2024
Location: Mövenpick Hotel, Room Enzian (Schöneberger Straße 3, 10963 Berlin) 

09:00am: Doors open / registration 
09:30am: Press presentationThe 10 European Stars of 2024 will be introduced in a talk hosted by producer, actor and presenter Tyron Ricketts.
10:45am: Photo call
11:00am: Individual press interviews
appr. 04:00pm: End of press interviews 

Deadline RSVP: Until Tuesday, 13 Februar 2024 to

Please indicate in your RSVP mail:
– If you will be attending the press presentation (9.30am)
– If you would like to interview one (or more) of the Shooting Stars (from 11.00am). If so, please indicate which one(s). 

Here are the European Shooting Stars 2024: Thibaud Dooms (Belgium), Margarita Stoykova (Bulgaria), Suzy Bemba (France), Salome Demuria (Georgia), Katharina Stark (Germany), Éanna Hardwicke (Ireland), Valentina Bellè (Italy), Džiugas Grinys (Lithuania), Kamila Urzędowska (Poland) and Asta Kamma August (Sweden). For more information see below.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Berlin!

The European Shooting Stars 2024:

Thibaud Dooms was cast in several short films before starring in the feature film Zeevonk (2023) which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. He plays the lead role of Liam in Koen Mortier‘s 2023 feature film Skunk, a Just Film Festival premiere where it won the Jury Prize. Next up, his own short God Lives in Texasin which he plays all male and female roles.

Margarita Stoykova was cast in her first lead role in Yana Titova‘s second feature Dyad (2023), which premiered in competition at Warsaw International Film Festival. Dyad won numerous awards, including, Grand Prix at Just Film Festival and 4 awards at Golden Rose Film Festival, including Best Film and the City of Varna Award for Margarita‘s performance.

Suzy Bemba’s breakthrough came, when she starred in Kandisha by director Alexandre Bustillo. Her 2023 appearances include Toinette in Yorgos Lanthimos‘ critically acclaimed film Poor Things, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Drift, a Sundance Film Festival 2023 premiere, and Homecoming which premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

Salome Demuria’s debut was in the 2012 feature Seagull, for which she received several awards as Best Actress. Her credits include The Antique and House of Others, winner of the Golden Arena for Best Acting Performance at Pula International Film Festival. For Inhale-Exhale, Salome was honoured as Best Actress at Shanghai International Film Festival, Almaty Independent Film Festival and Minsk International Film Festival.

Katharina Stark has acted in films, TV and on stage, often at the award-winning theatre Münchner Kammerspiele. She’s had lead roles in Dead Girls Dancing (Tribeca Film Festival 2022), Sturm und Drang, the ARTE/ZDF episodic I am the greatest and the 2023 German Disney+ original The Interpreter of Silence. Next up is the lead role in Mathias Kreter’s debut feature film December Evening.

Éanna Hardwicke was cast in Vivarium (Cannes Critics’ Week 2019) while still studying at The Lir Academy. In 2023, he was named a Screen International Rising Star, nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role for Lakelands, and performed in BBC1’s The Sixth Commandment. Currently he’s in The Doll Factory for Paramount+, and next up will be the series A Very Royal Scandal.

Valentina Bellè has appeared in several Taviani Brothers’ films including Wondrous Boccaccio and Rainbow: A Private Affair. She was in two competition films at the 2023 Venice Film Festival: Ferrari and Lubo. Her many TV roles include Genius with Antonio Banderas; George Clooney’s mini-series Catch-22; and The Good Mothers, directed by Julian Jarrold and Elisa Amoruso.

Džiugas Grinys has worked extensively on stage representing Lithuania in theatre festivals worldwide. On the big screen, his debut in a leading role was
in Ignas Miškinis’ Southern Chronicles. Further film credits include: Algimantas Puipa’s Cinephilia (2021); Kristijonas Vildžiūnas’ Songs for a Fox (2021); and most recently in Robertas Kuliūnas’ Aš Gyvas (2023).

Kamila Urzędowska’s debut was in the lead role in the series Żmijowisko directed by Łukasz Palkowski for Canal+. She went on to star in the award-winning film 25 Years of Innocence directed by Jan Holoubek. Her career took off when she was cast as the lead in The Peasants by DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman, Poland’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film

Asta Kamma August has worked with acclaimed directors Bille August (The Pact) and Lars von Trier (The Kingdom). In Burn All My Letters (2022) she shared the screen with former Shooting Stars Bill Skarsgård and Gustav Lindh. Most recently, she had the lead in the award-winning Kalak and The Hypnosis (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2023). Next up: Thomas Vinterberg‘s series Families Like Ours.

For more information on the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2024 please click here

EFP European Film Promotion

EFP (European Film Promotion) is an international network of film promotion institutes from 37 countries from throughout Europe, each representing their national films and talent abroad. Under the EFP flag, these organisations team up to jointly promote the diversity and spirit of European cinema and talent at key film festivals and markets, in particular outside of Europe.

the 2024 european shooting stars:  outstanding talent to discover worldwide

European Film Promotion (EFP) is delighted to announce the ten emerging European talents for the 27th edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS. From 16 – 19 February 2024, seven actresses and three actors will be presented to the international press, industry, and public in an exclusive four-day programme during the 74th Berlinale (15 – 25 February 2024), with major support by Creative Europe – the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. One of the programme’s many highlights will be the European Shooting Stars Awards Ceremony on 19 February 2024 at the Berlinale Palast.  

The 5-person international jury includes: Austrian director, screenwriter and producer Barbara Albert; Lithuanian producer Živilė Gallego; former Irish European Shooting Star Moe Dunford; British casting director Aisha Bywaters; and Greek Public Relations officer, senior writer and industry reporter at Cineuropa, Vassilis Economou. They have selected the ten exceptional talents, recognising their potential for an international career based on many factors, including their outstanding performance in the recent feature films and drama series which were submitted for their nomination (noted in bold in their bios below). 

“We are thrilled to present such a diverse selection of talented up-and-coming actors and actresses hailing from diverse cultural backgrounds and professional experiences. Many thanks to the Jury for taking on the challenge to spot this year’s nominees, and for embracing their international potential. We would also like to thank the European national film promotion institutes and film centres – our members – for putting forth so many stellar nominees and giving us the opportunity to continue to discover Europe’s diverse array of emerging acting talent!”, says Tina Hajon, programme director of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS. 

Here are the European Shooting Stars 2024: Thibaud Dooms (Belgium), Margarita Stoykova (Bulgaria), Suzy Bemba (France), Salome Demuria (Georgia), Katharina Stark (Germany), Éanna Hardwicke (Ireland), Valentina Bellè (Italy), Džiugas Grinys (Lithuania), Kamila Urzędowska (Poland) and Asta Kamma August (Sweden). The quotes below are from the jury.

Thibaud Dooms from Belgium is a graduate of the Academy of Theatre and Dance in Amsterdam and works in both theatre and film. The jury was impressed by his performance as Liam in Koen Motier’s feature filmSkunk: “His versatile and unique portrayal captures a character dealing with tragedy, blending sensitivity and intensity in a rare and captivating manner.”

Her first role in the feature film Dyad by Yana Titova earned the Bulgarian 18-year-old Margarita Stoykova accolades and awardsfour alone at the Golden Rose Film Festival, including Best Film and the City of Varna Award for her performance. The jury lauds her nuanced work which “showcases her fearlessness as an actress.” The youngest talent in this year’s Shooting Stars line-up “portrays a multifaceted character exceptionally well. Initially appearing unsympathetic, her character gradually reveals layers of fragility.”

French actress Suzy Bemba initially studied to become a surgeon, but then discovered a deep passion for cinema. She has appeared in films and series such as L’Opera, created by Cécile Ducrocq and Benjamin Adam, Poor Things by Yorgos Lanthimos and Drift by Anthony Chen. Her performance in the nominated film Homecoming by Catherine Corsini, which premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival deeply touched the jury. “Bemba’s subtle acting style draws viewers into her character’s journey. She navigates the delicate nuances of her struggles, leaving a lasting impact with her stunning performance.”

Solome Demuria is a well-known actress in her home country of Georgia. She made her debut in 2012 with the Spanish-Georgian co-production Seagull. Solome was honoured as best actress at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Almaty Independent Film Festival and the Minsk International Film Festival for her role in Dito Tsintsadze’s Inhale-Exhale. In the nominated film The Antique by Rusudan Glurjidze she won over the jury “with her subtle yet powerful portrayal. Solome expertly navigates the character’s emotional journey with a genuinely heartbreaking performance.”

German actress Katharina Stark is a graduate of the renowned Otto Falckenberg School in Munich. Throughout her studies, she appeared in numerous television shows, films (such as Anna Roller’s feature film Dead Girls Dancing) and plays, often on stage at the award-winning Theatre Münchner Kammerspiele. Katharina is currently starring as the Polish interpreter Eva Bruhns in the German Disney+ original mini-series The Interpreter of Silence, based on the novel by Annette Hess, directed by Isabel Prahl and Randa Chahoud. The jury is full of praise: “… Katharina executes an emotionally charged and demanding role with ease. Her character’s depth is conveyed through a performance that is both understated and compelling.”

Immediately after graduating from the The Lír Academy in Dublin, Irish actor Éanna Hardwicke plunged into the film world and starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg in the feature film Vivarium; with Seána Kerslake and Ayoola Smart in the TV series Smother; and with Isabel Huppert in Laurent Lariviere’s feature film Joan Verra.For his role as a Gaelic footballer in the nominated film Lakelands directed by Robert Higgins and Patrick McGivney, the jury recognises Éanna’s “star quality” and lauds his performance which is “nothing short of gripping, skilfully revealing layers of sensitivity beneath a seemingly tough exterior.”   

The Italian actress Valentina Bellè starred in two competition films at the Venice Festival this year: Michael Mann’s Ferrari and Lubo by Giorgio Diritti. She plays the leading role in the award-winning and highly acclaimed Disney + series The Good Mother, for which she won the Italian Nastro D’Argento award for supporting actress in 2023. The jury is impressed with her performance in which she “steals the spotlight as the audience follows her journey and roots for her throughout this tense drama.”  

With his Theatre Art degree in hand, Lithuanian born Džiugas Grinys embarked on a wide-ranging stage career over a five-year period. He also proved his on-screen skills in supporting roles in films by Robertas Kuliūnas (As Gyvas, 2023), Algimantas Puipa (Cinephilia, 2021) and Kristijonas Vildžiūnas (Songs for a Fox, 2021). Džiugas successfully made the leap to the big screen with his first leading role in Southern Chronicles. As the jury declares: “In this heartfelt performance Džiugas showcases a promising future in the world of cinema.”

Polish actress Kamila Urzędowska played her first leading role in the Canal + series Zmijowisko by Lukasz Palkowski. For her performance in the Polish Academy Award entry as Best International Feature Film, The Peasants by DK Welchmann and Hugh Welchmann, she was honoured with the Crystal Star Elle and the Chopard Loves Cinema Acting Debut Award at the 48th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. The jury is deeply impressed by her performance “that is nothing short of revelatory. Kamila is a versatile talent, bringing this character to life with her innocence and tenacity.”

Graduating from The Danish National School of Performing Arts in 2017, Swedish actress Asta Kamma August swiftly gained recognition for her performances in a variety of cinematic and television productions. Her recent projects include leading roles in Kalak helmed by Isabella Eklöf which premiered and won two awards at San Sebastian Film Festival and The Hypnosis, directed by Ernst de Geer which premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2023. In this nominated film the jury is thrilled by “her enigmatic portrayal of a woman on the verge of a crisis which makes for a thrilling journey. You never know what she will do next.”

With a four-day intensive bespoke programme, Actors Industry Network, EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS provides an international networking platform for the selected talent to meet journalists, casting directors, producers and filmmakers in Berlin. It offers a unique opportunity to create the professional network needed for the actors to embark on an international career. The programme culminates in a glamourous awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on Monday 19 February, where each actress and actor will be honored with the European Shooting Stars Award. 

Throughout its 27 years, EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS has been an important stepping-stone for the selected talent’s international careers – notable Shooting Stars over the years include: Matilda de Angelis (Across the River and Into the TreesAtlasThe Undoing), Bill Skarsgård (Boy Kills World, ItIt Chapter 2), Carey Mulligan (MaestroShe SaidThe DigPromising Young WomanThe Great Gatsby), Alba Rohrwacher (La chimeraHappy as Lazzaro), Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (FirebrandBeckettTomb Raider), Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Riz Ahmed (Fingernails, EncounterSound of MetalRogue One: A Star Wars StoryMogul Mowgli), George MacKay (The Beast, Munich – The Edge of War1917), Daniel Brühl (All Quiet on the Western Front), Louis Hofmann (The Forger) and Leonie Benesch (The Teachers‘ Lounge). 

EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS is made possible thanks to the support of Creative Europe – the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Berlin International Film Festival, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Spotlight, as well as the national film promotion institutes and film centres from the Shooting Stars’ home countries (EFP’s member organisations): With special thanks to German Films, Bulgarian National Film Center, Cinecittà (Italy), Flanders Image, Georgian National Film Center, Lithuanian Film Centre, Polish Film Institute, Unifrance, Screen Ireland / Fís Éireann and Swedish Film Institute. The programme’s industry partner is the International Casting Directors Association (ICDA). EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS’ main media partner is Variety, with additional media partners: Screen International, Cineuropa, Blickpunkt:Film, HeyUGuys and Festival Scope.  

For more information on the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2024 please click here