European Film Promotion (EFP) today announced the ten young European acting talents to be honored as the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2017 at the Berlinale. The actor Louis Hofmann from Germany was selected as one of Europe's best talents.

The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2017 were chosen by an international expert jury in Hamburg. They were selected from candidates who had been nominated by the member organisations of European Film Promotion, including German Films.

European Film Promotion will present the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS to the international film industry over the first weekend of the Berlinale. The European talents will be introduced at various events and workshops to international casting directors, agents, directors, producers and members of the press. The highlight of the proceedings is the presentation of the SHOOTING STARS Awards on the stage of the Berlinale Palast on 13 February, 2017.

The German SHOOTING STAR Louis Hofmann began his film career at the age of nine. In 2012, he received the Best Young Talent New Faces Award for the lead in Hermine Huntgeburth's TOM SAWYER, his film debut, while his performance in SANCTUARY by Marc Brummund earned him, among others, the 2015 Bavarian Film Prize as Best Newcomer Actor and the 2016 German Actor's Prize in the newcomer category. Louis Hofmann had his first international role in the Danish-German co-production LAND OF MINE by Martin Zandvliet (Danish Oscar® candidate for 2017). His performance was recognised at festivals in Tokyo and Peking during 2015 and at the 2016 edition of the Danish Film Prize BODIL. At the 2016 German Film Awards, he received with the  "Special Prize Jaeger-LeCoultre Homage to German Cinema" presented to honor the work of German actors in international films. His latest projects have included CENTER OF MY WORLD by Jakob M. Erwa – programmed at, among other places, the 2016 edition of the Moscow Film Festival - , the first German Amazon Prime series YOU ARE WANTED by Matthias Schweighöfer, and Christian Zübert's LOMMBOCK. He has currently been working since October 2016 with the director Baran bo Odar as lead actor on the first German Netflix series DARK.

The jury says about the 19-year-old: "He is one of those raw talents, fresh, natural and seemingly effortless. Louis moves from part to part with a spectacular innocence that transcends the screen."

Louis Hofmann: "I was bowled over by the news that I am to be one of the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS for 2017; what a great honor. I'm now looking forward to a very special and exciting time with the other actors from Europe."

The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS jury for 2017 consisted of the Hungarian actress and former EUROPEAN SHOOTING STAR Dorka Gryllus, casting director Lucinda Syson, the Portuguese producer Pandora da Cunha Telles, director Xavier Koller from Switzerland, and the Swedish film critic Jan Lumholdt.

Apart from Louis Hofmann from Germany, the following nine actors were selected: Esben Smed (Denmark), Alessandro Borghi (Italy), Elīna Vaska (Latvia), Hannah Hoekstra (The Netherlands), Zofia Wichłacz (Poland), Victoria Guerra (Portugal), Tudor Aaron Istodor (Romania), Maruša Majer (Slovenia) and Karin Franz Körlof (Sweden).Former German SHOOTING STARS include Jella Haase, Jannis Niewöhner, Daniel Brühl, Hannah Herzsprung, Alexander Fehling, David Kross, Anna Maria Mühe and Moritz Bleibtreu.

The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS programme is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA-Programme of the EU as well as the  participating EFP member organizations and other cooperation partners.

German Films is a founding member of European Film Promotion (EFP) which is organizing the selection and presentation of the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS for the 20th time this year.

More information on the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS can be found online here.

Birgit Koch (Press & PR)

Foto Louis Hofmann © Alex Gonzalez