This years nominees for the European Discovery Award were announced at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany.

Included in the list of nominees is The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen. The film tells the story of the first Finn to compete for the title of World Champion in featherweight boxing. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki won the Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and premiered earlier this month locally in Finland to excellent reviews.

The Finnish film will be competing against Dogs directed by Bogdan Mirica from Romanida, Liebmanby Germany’s Jules Herrmann, Sand Storm by Elite Xezer from Israel and Thirst by Svetla Tsotsorkova from Bulgaria.

This award is presented annual in co-operation with the International Federation of Film Critics as part of the European Film Awards, to a young, up-and-coming director for a first full-length feature film.