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, Belgium
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 at the Vienna International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival, and the International Film Festival of Kerala) to recognize examples of enterprising filmmaking.

Winners of the award include:

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

FIPRESCI Grand PrixEdit

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.


Paul Thomas Anderson is the only director to win this award three times.


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


  1. ^ "Historical background 1925–1945". Archived from the original on 29 October 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Michael Haneke's Amour, winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Uisenma Borchu". Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  4. ^ "'The Lighthouse' Wins Fipresci Critics Awards At Cannes Film Festival". 25 May 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ Yingjin Zhang (2012). A Companion to Chinese Cinema. Wiley. p. 253. ISBN 978-1-444-33029-8.
  6. ^ "FIPRESCI to Skip Grand Prix 2020".
  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2009.

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