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The European Film Awards have been presented annually since 1988 by the European Film Academy to recognize excellence in European cinematic achievements. The awards are given in 19 categories, of which the most important is the Best Film. They are restricted to European cinema and European producers, directors, and actors. The awards were officially also called the "Felix Awards" until 1997, in reference to the former award's trophy statuette, which was replaced by a feminine statuette.

European Film Awards
31st European Film Awards
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Awarded forExcellence in European cinematic achievements
Presented byEuropean Film Academy
First awarded1988

Since 1997, the European Film Awards have been held in early- to mid-December. Hosting duties have alternated between Berlin, Germany in odd-numbered years and other European cities in even-numbered years. The most recent European Film Awards were held in Seville, Spain on 15 December 2018, while the next are scheduled for 7 December 2019 in Berlin.


Awarding proceduresEdit

Feature films participating in the European Film Awards must be European feature-length fiction films intended for normal theatrical release which must have had their first official screening (be it at a festival or at a regular cinema) after 1 July of the year before. Based on a selection of approximately 40 films recommended for a nomination, the members of the European Film Academy vote for the nominations in the main categories,[1] which are announced in early November at the Seville European Film Festival. Based on the nominations, the members of the European Film Academy then vote for the winners which are announced at the European Film Awards Ceremony in early December.


The criteria whereby a film qualifies as European are based upon the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, Appendix II, issued by the Council of Europe. This definition might be extended for Israeli and Palestinian works and nationalities.

A cinematographic work qualifies as European if it achieves at least 15 points.

European elements Weighting Points
Creative group
Director 3
Script writer 3
Composer 1
Performing group
First role 3
Second role 2
Third role 1
Technical craft group
Cameraman 1
Sound recordist 1
Editor 1
Art director 1
Studio or shooting location 1
Post-production location 1

Host citiesEdit

Edition (year) Date Venue City Presenter Director Broadcast partner(s) Notes
1st (1988) 26 Nov. 1988 Theater des Westens    West Berlin Jan Niklas, Désirée Nosbusch Robin Bextor ECC event
2nd (1989) 25 Nov. 1989 Théâtre des Champs-Elysées   Paris Fernando Rey, Agnès Soral ECC event
3rd (1990) 2 Dec. 1990 Royal Concert Hall   Glasgow Sheena McDonald, Melvyn Bragg ECC event
4th (1991) 1 Dec. 1991 Babelsberg   Potsdam Désirée Nosbusch-Becker, Johannes Willms
5th (1992) 25 Nov. 1992 Babelsberg   Potsdam Senta Berger, Ben Kingsley
6th (1993) 4 Dec. 1993 Babelsberg   Potsdam Fanny Ardant
7th (1994) 27 Nov. 1994 Spiegelzelt   Berlin -
8th (1995) 12 Nov. 1995 Bar jeder Vernunft   Berlin -
9th (1996) 8 Nov. 1996 Blue Tent in Lützowplatz   Berlin -
10th (1997) 7 Dec. 1997 Flughafen Tempelhof   Berlin Tania Bryer
11th (1998) 4 Dec. 1998 Old Vic Theatre   London Mel Smith, Carole Bouquet
12th (1999) 4 Dec. 1999 Schiller Theater   Berlin Mel Smith, Carole Bouquet
13th (2000) 2 Dec. 2000 Chaillot National Theatre   Paris Rupert Everett, Antoine de Caunes
14th (2001) 1 Dec. 2001 Tempodrom   Berlin Mel Smith
15th (2002) 7 Dec. 2002 Rome Opera House   Rome Asia Argento, Mel Smith
16th (2003) 6 Dec. 2003 Treptow Arena   Berlin Heino Ferch
17th (2004) 11 Dec. 2004 Forum Convention Center   Barcelona Maria de Medeiros, Juanjo Puigcorbé Manuel Huerga
18th (2005) 3 Dec. 2005 Treptow Arena   Berlin Heino Ferch Pepe Danquart
19th (2006) 2 Dec. 2006 EXPO XXI Center   Warsaw Maciej Stuhr, Sophie Marceau Volker Weicker Arte, TVP2
20th (2007) 1 Dec. 2007 Treptow Arena   Berlin Jan Josef Liefers, Emmanuelle Béart Volker Weicker
21st (2008) 6 Dec. 2008 Forum   Copenhagen Mikael Bertelsen Andreas Morell
22nd (2009) 12 Dec. 2009 Hall of the Century   Bochum Anke Engelke Andreas Morell ECC event
23rd (2010) 4 Dec. 2010 Nokia Concert Hall   Tallinn Anke Engelke, Märt Avandi Andreas Morell ECC event
24th (2011) 3 Dec. 2011 Tempodrom   Berlin Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa Arte, HBO
25th (2012) 1 Dec. 2012 Mediterranean Conference Centre   Valletta Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa
26th (2013) 7 Dec. 2013 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa Arte, HBO, NTV Plus Kino+, ETV2, ORF III, SBS Two, OTE Cinema 1HD, TV3
27th (2014) 13 Dec. 2014 Latvian National Opera   Riga Thomas Hermanns[2] Michael Maier ECC event
28th (2015) 12 Dec. 2015 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin Thomas Hermanns Nadja Zonsarowa
29th (2016) 10 Dec. 2016 National Forum of Music   Wrocław[3] Maciej Stuhr TVN, HBO, Cosmote, Rai Movie, LTV, ERR, Movistar , 15 min ECC event
30th (2017) 9 Dec. 2017 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin Thomas Hermanns
31st (2018) 15 Dec. 2018 Teatro de la Maestranza[4]   Seville[5] Rossy de Palma, Ashraf Barhom, Amira Casar, Anamaria Marinca, Ivan Shvedoff, Tom Wlaschiha[6] RTVE, Rai Movie, BHT1, HTV3, Cosmote
32nd (2019) 7 Dec. 2019 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin
33rd (2020) 12 Dec. 2020 Harpa Conference and Concert Hall   Reykjavík
34th (2021) 11 Dec. 2021 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin

Up through the 2018 ceremony, 15 cities in 10 countries have hosted the contest. Berlin has been host 14 times, Potsdam 3 times, and Paris 2 times. Barcelona, Bochum, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, Riga, Rome, Seville, Tallinn, Valletta, Warsaw, and Wroclaw, have each hosted once.

Locations of the European Film Awards ceremonies.

Award categoriesEdit

Films with multiple winsEdit

6 wins
5 wins
4 wins
3 wins

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Feature Films". European Film Academy. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  2. ^ European Film Awards 2014 go to Riga
  3. ^ European Film Awards 2016 Go to Wroclaw
  5. ^ European Film Awards 2018 Go to Seville
  6. ^ Seville is Getting Ready

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