Inspired by a successfully and passionately run model in Québec, the Prix collégial du cinéma québécois (PCCQ), Filmfest Hamburg and the European Film Academy (EFA) launched in 2016 the European University Film Award (EUFA) - presented and voted by European university students. The aim of this initiative is to involve a younger audience, to spread the "European idea" and to transport the spirit of European cinema to an audience of university students. It shall also support film dissemination, film education and the culture of debating. In 2019 it became an official category of the European Film Awards.
„In times of growing nationalism in Europe and elsewhere we had the idea to look for a common element to foster a European understanding, to search for a common European identity defined by culture, especially by film.“
Since its First Edition in 2016 the number of participating countries grew constantly, starting from 13 universities from 13 different European countries in the first year and now seeing 26 universities from 26 countries in 2021: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.
Based on the selection for the European Film Award 2021 five films from five European countries were be nominated for the 6th European University Film Award and announced on September 28. These five films were viewed and discussed in the respective university classes and each institution selected its favourite film. One student representative for each of the 26 universities participated in a a three-day digital deliberation meeting in Hamburg in December 2021. During those three days the students discussed all films together, exchanged arguments and voted for the winner. The winner was then announced on December 8 and presented during this year's European Film Awards Weekend on December 10. The 6th European University Film Award is funded by Hamburg Marketing and Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.