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European Film Award for The Chicken

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Film project made possible thanks to support from the Robert Bosch Stiftung

The production The Chicken was named Europe’s best short film at the 2014 European Film Awards. Una Gunjak accepted the award at the ceremony in Riga on December 13, 2014. Gunjak, who is from Bosnia-Herzegovina, wrote the screenplay and directed the short film, which she made together with German producer Jelena Goldbach and Sinisa Juricic from Croatia.

The short film The Chicken won the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Co-Production Prize in 2013, which is awarded to co-productions from up-and-coming young filmmakers from Germany and Eastern Europe. The project was made possible thanks to support from the Foundation. It features Selma, a young girl who is given a live chicken on her sixth birthday. When she realizes that the family plans to kill the chicken in order to feed themselves, she decides to save it. She frees it without having any idea what the cost of doing so will be: when trying to catch the chicken, Selma’s mother becomes a sharpshooter’s target.

The European Film Award is presented each year by the European Film Academy. The award winners are selected by approximately 3,000 filmmakers from across Europe who are members of the Academy.
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Una Gunjak accepted the award at the ceremony in Riga on December 13, 2014.