PRIX EUROPA awards the best European Television, Radio and Online productions each year with the aim of publishing them throughout Europe and supporting their continental distribution and use. The festival calls on all media professionals and their commitment to quality to compete against each other with their best productions.
In 2016 PRIX EUROPA will be staged for the 30th time. The festival is hosted by the German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB).
Since its founding in 1987, PRIX EUROPA has grown into Europe’s largest festival for Television, Radio, and the Online Media, due to the strong partners who have supported the competition since its inception. Set up by the Council of Europe and the European Cultural Foundation in 1987 it now has the backing of 30 partners – including institutions like the European Parliament, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Alliance for Television and Culture, the Land Berlin, the Land Brandenburg, the Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), the Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and the following European broadcasters:
ARTE, BBC Radio, Danish Broadcasting Company, Dutch Public Service Broadcaster, France Télévisions, Magyar Televízió, Norsk rikskringkasting, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Radio Russia, SRG SSR, Sveriges Radio, Sveriges Television, Sveriges Utbildningsradion, Telewizja Polska S.A., Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie, Yleisradio, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Česká televize, Deutschlandradio
In 1997, the Prix Futura Berlin, which had been launched in 1969, and the PRIX EUROPA merged turning the festival to support both television and radio productions. And additionally in 2000 the Dutch PRIX IRIS amalgamated with PRIX EUROPA awarding the “Best European TV Programme of the Year about Cultural Diversity”.
Starting 2001, the online media has been represented with the award “The Best European Online Project of the Year “ and from 2016 onwards the Online Category productions will also be awarded with an honorary prize open to the entire PRIX EUROPA community via a web-based voting platform.
The festival's main goal is to promote the trademark "Made in Europe" and to reflect the complete spectrum of European productions, to show cross-border programme developments and to be a forum for quality programmes. It offers ample opportunity to its around 1000 annual participants to network with European colleagues, compare notes and take home inspiration and ideas for their own work.
During the festival week, several broadcasting relevant special events are held for participants to the larger public together with local institutions and embassies.
PRIX EUROPA Categories 2016
PRIX EUROPA’s competition is held in several television, radio and online categories.
PRIX EUROPA distinguishes itself by its unique juries open to all programme makers across the continent. All competition entries are assessed and evaluated in a public and open debate. This transparent process makes PRIX Europa a first-class training platform and a multinational market place.
- Television documentaries up to 90 minutes.
- TV movies and mini-series
- TV fiction series and serials
The Current Affairs
- Journalistic research programs focusing on in-depth information and investigative journalism.
TV Iris Category – Under the Patronage of the Dutch Puclic Broadcaster – NTR
- An incentive for programme practitioners to devote their attention to the ethnic diversity aspect of European societies. Programmes can be fiction or documentaries, children or entertainment programmes that have “cultural diversity” as central theme.
PRIX GENEVE – European Alliance for Television and Culture – EATC
- The most innovation scripts of already produced television fiction programs written by newcomers.
- Single radio documentaries.
Radio Current Affairs
- Journalistic research programmes focusing on in-depth information and investigative journalism.
- Single radio drama programmes and episodes from series and serials.
- This category stands for innovation of programmes about music. It is looking for new ways of communicating music to audiences.
- This new category aims to recognise the most creative audio presented on digital platforms. The jury will take into account the way the audio has been visualised for digital platforms, together with the impact and reach generated by social media and other digital syndication.
- Cross-platform projects, Web-based productions and Apps.
Deadline for submissions is 1 July 2016.
Each of the TV categories, Radio categories and the Best European Online Project of the Year winners is awarded the PRIX EUROPA Trophy, a certificate and 6,000 Euros.
The Online Community Award is an honorary recognition and the winner will receive a PRIX EUROPA Trophy but no prize money.
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European TV Documentary of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European TV Movie or Mini-Series of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European TV Fiction Series or Serial of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European TV Current Affairs Programme of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA IRIS – Best European TV Programme of the Year
- PRIX GENEVE – Most Innovative Television Fiction Script of the Year by a Newcomer
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European Radio Documentary of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European Radio Investigation of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European Radio Fiction of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European Radio Fiction Series or Serial of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European Radio Music Programme of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Best European Digital Audio of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – The Best European Online Project of the Year
- PRIX EUROPA – Online Community Award
- La Cabeza del Minotauro by Anthon Hoornweg