International Federation of Film Critics

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International Federation of Film Critics
Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique
Formation6 June 1930
Founded atAcademy Palace, Brussels, Belgium
TypeFilm critics organization
HeadquartersMunich, Germany
Official language
English, French
Ahmed Shawky
Paola Casella, Elena Rubashevska
General Secretary
Klaus Eder
Deputy General Secretary
Alin Tasciyan Edit this at Wikidata

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI, short for Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) is an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for "the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests." It was founded in June 1930 in Brussels, Belgium.[1] It has members in more than 50 countries worldwide.


In reaction to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIPRESCI announced that it will not participate in festivals and other events organized by the Russian government and its offices, and canceled a colloquium in St. Petersburg, that was to make it familiar with new Russian films.[2]

FIPRESCI Award[edit]

The FIPRESCI often presents awards during film festivals to recognize examples of enterprising filmmaking. Some of these festivals include: the Berlin International Film Festival,[3] the Cannes Film Festival, Vienna International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of Kerala)

Winners of the award include:

Robert Bresson refused this award at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival.[citation needed]

FIPRESCI Grand Prix[edit]

The FIPRESCI Grand Prix was created in 1999, and is presented every year at the San Sebastián Film Festival. It is the federation's most representative acknowledgement, as it is not chosen by a jury (like the international critics prize awarded to a film from a festival program), but is elected by all members, and all feature-length productions of the previous twelve months are eligible.

Winners include:


As of 2005, it also offers an online cinema journal, Undercurrents, edited by film critic Chris Fujiwara.[13]


  1. ^ "Historical background 1925–1945". International Federation of Film Critics. Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Ukrainian Letters".
  3. ^ a b "72nd Berlinale – International Film Festival Berlin". Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  4. ^ "54th Cannes Film Festival". Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  5. ^ "Michael Haneke's Amour, winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  6. ^ "'The Lighthouse' Wins Fipresci Critics Awards At Cannes Film Festival". 25 May 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Uisenma Borchu". Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  8. ^ Yingjin Zhang (2012). A Companion to Chinese Cinema. Wiley. p. 253. ISBN 978-1-444-33029-8.
  9. ^ "FIPRESCI to Skip Grand Prix 2020".
  10. ^ Roxborough, Scott (18 August 2021). "'Nomadland' Wins International Critics Honor as Film of the Year". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  11. ^ Roxborough, Scott (22 August 2022). "'Drive My Car' Wins International Critics' Prize for Film of the Year". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  12. ^ "Grand Prix 2023 to Aki Kaurismäki". Fipresci. Retrieved 23 August 2023.
  13. ^ "". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2009.

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