With the Saxon Europa Award, the European Movement of Saxony (Europäische Bewegung Sachsen e.V./EBS) honors commitment to communication and understanding within Europe. In his laudatory speech at the award presentation at the Saxon Landtag in Dresden, Dr. Roland Löffler expresses his appreciation for the work of this film festival: "Like nearly no other film festival in Germany, the Neisse Film Festival is implementing the idea and vision of Europe and trans-border cooperation. It no longer only draws local audiences, but filmmakers and connoisseurs from all three countries, who have the opportunity here to become acquainted with the newest developments of eastern and central European film." This year approximately 60 films were shown at 20 locations in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, in three competition categories and several thematic series. "Those responsible for the film festival have a talent for bringing various institutions in the community and with that the different facets of human life to a unified whole," continued Dr. Löffler.
The EBS is an umbrella association of parties, associations, unions and other institutions, founded on 15 December 1992, which is dedicated to fostering the concept of Europe in the state of Saxony and to promoting understanding between the peoples of Europe. Since 2003, the EBS has granted the Saxon Europa Award annually in recognition of outstanding commitment and involvement, in Saxony, towards European unification.