Brussels, March, 9th, 2017(SIGNIS Europe). I, Daniel Blake directed by Ken Loach (U.K.) is the winner of the SIGNIS Prize for Best European Film 2016, offered by the European region of SIGNIS.

Sustained by the great artistic qualities of the director, I, Daniel Blake portrays a man at the end of his life, who puts his own suffering aside to be of service to a family challenged by marginalization and poverty. Like a Good Samaritan, he brings them the attention and affection that are as necessary to human beings as material needs.

The film was an official selection at the Cannes Festival in 2016 where it won the Palme d'Or and obtained a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.

Tony Erdmann by Maren Ade (Germany/Austria), in the official selection at the Festival de Cannes, took the runner up spot. In third place were Fuocoammare by Gianfranco Rosi (Italy/France), winner of the Ecumenical Prize at the Berlinale 2016 and Bacalaureat by Cristian Mungiu (Romania/France/Belgium), also in the official selection at the Festival de Cannes 2016.

SIGNIS Europe has members in 23 countries and is one of the six regions of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication. Every year since 2008 SIGNIS Europe has awarded a prize for the best European film of the year. The purpose of this prize is to promote and to create interest for those European films which emerge because of their cinematographic quality as well as for the value of the theme in the film.

The winning film was chosen by SIGNIS Europe national members after two voting rounds.