Two chosen for EFA's Prix Eurimages


COLOGNE, Germany -- Veteran producers Margaret Menegoz of France's Les Film du Losange and Veit Heiduschka of Berlin-based Wega Film will be awarded the inaugural Prix Eurimages co-production award at this year's European Film Awards.

The prize is backed by Eurimages the EU film subsidy body, which funds European co-productions.

Menegoz and Heiduschka are among the most important players in the Byzantine world of European co-production, with more than 80 feature film credits between them.

Menegoz has produced such art house crossover films as Angnieszka Holland's "Europa, Europa" (1990), Andrzej Wajda's "Danton" (1983) and Michael Haneke's "Hidden" (2005), the latter produced together with Heiduschka's Wega Film.

Heiduschka is best known for his work with Haneke. He has produced most of the Austrian auteur's films, including "Benny's Video" (1992), "Funny Games" (1997) and "The Piano Teacher" (2001).

Serbian director Stefan Arsenijevic, whose feature film debut "Love and Other Crimes" is a Serbian-German-Austrian-Slovanian co-production, will present the Prix Eurimages at the 20th European Film Awards on Dec. 1 in Berlin.