Encounters Alumni Una Gunjak wins at European Film Awards

On Saturday night the European Film Awards announced the 2014 winners, with Una Gunjak's film 'The Chicken' winning best European Short. At the 2014 festival we screened this short film in competition as part of the programme Memory Lane, and awarded it with the EFA nomination.

The European Film Academy was founded in 1988, and The European Film Awards, presented jointly by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions, honour the greatest achievements in European cinema.

The Chicken was Una Gunjak’s first film as a director, and tells the story of a young girl called Selma, and her family chicken.

As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to.

The film was one of the most talked about shorts at the festival, and received the EFA nomination from the 2014 Encounters Festival Jury.  We were all thrilled to hear about Una’s win on Saturday, and are looking forward to hearing about what’s next for the director.

Watch the trailer here.