Director Jane Magnusson and VFX artist Peter Hjorth at the EFA awards in Seville. Fotograf/Källa: Jan Göransson

At the EFA (European Film Awards) ceremony held in Seville, Spain on Saturday, Jane Magnusson’s Bergman – A Year in a Life won the prize for Best European Documentary, and VFX artist Peter Hjorth won European Visual Effects Supervisor for his work on Border.

2018 marks the centenary of Ingmar Bergman, and director Jane Magnusson seized the opportunity to congratulate the master.

– Bergman was the first president of the European Film Academy, and getting this award on his 100th anniversary feels amazing. Happy birthday wherever you are, Jane Magnusson said when accepting the award for Best European Documentary.

Bergman A Year in a Life is a deep dive into the year of 1957 which is considered to be Ingmar Bergman’s most productive and intense year. The film paints a full portrait of the director that explains how the art was formed by Bergman’s private life and his experiences, featuring interviews with actors and filmmakers like Liv Ullmann, Elliott Gould and Lars von Trier. Bergman  A Year in a Life had its global premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it screened in the Cannes Classics section. International rights are handled by The Match Factory.

In addition, Ali Abbasi’s Border won the first EFA award for European Visual Effects Supervisor. The prize was awarded to Danish VFX artist Peter Hjorth, who also worked on Abbasi’s danish feature debut Shelley, as well as Isabella Eklöf’s recent Austin Fantastic Fest winner Holiday.

Another feather in the cap for Abbasi's genre-bending drama, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival where it won the prestigious Prix Un Certain Regard, in addition to a prize for Sound Creation. The film was also awarded the Norwegian Film Critics Award at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund this summer, and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this autumn. Border is also Sweden’s submission to the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. International sales are handled by Films Boutique.

Moreover, the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute Anna Serner was keynote speaker, and participated in an international panel titled "Gender Equality is THE Way Forward".

This is the fourth year in a row that Swedish films score wins at EFA. Last year Ruben Östlund’s The Square nabbed an impressive six awards. In 2016 Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove was crowned Best European Comedy, with Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence winning the same category 2015.

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