International Federation of Film Critics

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] At present it has members in more than 50 countries worldwide.

International Federation of Film Critics
Formation6 June 1930
Founded atAcademy Palace, Brussels
TypeFilm critics organization
Official language
English, French
Alin Tasciyan
Isabelle Danel, Barbara Hollender
General Secretary
Klaus Eder
Deputy General Secretary
György Kárpáti


The FIPRESCI often gives out awards during film festivals (such as the Vienna International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and the Warsaw International Film Festival) to reward what they see as enterprising film making.

Winners of the award include:

Robert Bresson refused this award at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival.


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.


1999 “Todo Sobre Mi Madre,” Pedro Almodóvar

2000 “Magnolia,” Paul Thomas Anderson

2001 “The Circle,” Jafar Panahi

2002 “The Man Without a Past,” Aki Kaurismäki

2003 “Uzak,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan

2004 “Notre Musique,” Jean-Luc Godard

2005 “3-Iron,” Kim Ki-duk

2006 “Volver,” Pedro Almodóvar

2007 “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” Cristian Mungiu

2008 “There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson

2009 “The White Ribbon,” Michael Haneke

2010 “The Ghost Writer,” Roman Polanski

2011 “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick

2012 “Amour,” Michael Haneke

2013 "La vie d'Adèle," Abdellatif Kechiche

2014 "Boyhood," Richard Linklater

2015 "Mad Max: Fury Road," George Miller

2016 "Toni Erdmann", Maren Ade

2017 "The Other Side of Hope", Aki Kaurismäki

2018 "Phantom Thread", Paul Thomas Anderson

2019 "Roma", Alfonso Cuarón


As of 2005, it also offers an online cinema journal, Undercurrents, edited by film critic Chris Fujiwara.[7]


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  6. "'The Lighthouse' Wins Fipresci Critics Awards At Cannes Film Festival". 25 May 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.

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