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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 over ten categories, of which the most important is the Best Film. They are restricted to European cinema and European producers, directors, and actors.

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

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.

The host cities alternate, as Berlin hosts them every other year while other European cities get the chance in between.


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
1 1988 Nov. 26, 1988 Theater des Westens    West Berlin Jan Niklas, Désirée Nosbusch Robin Bextor ECC event
2 1989 Nov. 25, 1989 Théâtre des Champs-Elysées   Paris Fernando Rey, Agnès Soral ECC event
3 1990 Dec. 2, 1990 Royal Concert Hall   Glasgow Sheena McDonald, Melvyn Bragg ECC event
4 1991 Dec. 1, 1991 Babelsberg   Potsdam Désirée Nosbusch-Becker, Johannes Willms
5 1992 Nov. 25, 1992 Babelsberg   Potsdam Senta Berger, Ben Kingsley
6 1993 Dec. 4, 1993 Babelsberg   Potsdam Fanny Ardant
7 1994 Nov. 27, 1994 Spiegelzelt   Berlin -
8 1995 Nov. 12, 1995 Bar jeder Vernunft   Berlin -
9 1996 Nov. 8, 1996 Blue Tent in Lützowplatz   Berlin -
10 1997 Dec. 7, 1997 Flughafen Tempelhof   Berlin Tania Bryer
11 1998 Dec. 4, 1998 Old Vic Theatre   London Mel Smith, Carole Bouquet
12 1999 Dec. 4, 1999 Schiller Theater   Berlin Mel Smith, Carole Bouquet
13 2000 Dec. 2, 2000 Chaillot National Theatre   Paris Rupert Everett, Antoine de Caunes
14 2001 Dec. 1, 2001 Tempodrom   Berlin Mel Smith
15 2002 Dec. 7, 2002 Rome Opera House   Rome Asia Argento, Mel Smith
16 2003 Dec. 6, 2003 Treptow Arena   Berlin Heino Ferch
17 2004 Dec. 11, 2004 Forum Convention Center   Barcelona Maria de Medeiros, Juanjo Puigcorbé Manuel Huerga
18 2005 Dec. 3, 2005 Treptow Arena   Berlin Heino Ferch Pepe Danquart
19 2006 Dec. 2, 2006 EXPO XXI Center   Warsaw Maciej Stuhr, Sophie Marceau Volker Weicker Arte, TVP2
20 2007 Dec. 1, 2007 Treptow Arena   Berlin Jan Josef Liefers, Emmanuelle Béart Volker Weicker
21 2008 Dec. 6, 2008 Forum   Copenhagen Mikael Bertelsen Andreas Morell
22 2009 Dec. 12, 2009 Hall of the Century   Bochum Anke Engelke Andreas Morell ECC event
23 2010 Dec. 4, 2010 Nokia Concert Hall   Tallinn Anke Engelke, Märt Avandi Andreas Morell ECC event
24 2011 Dec. 3, 2011 Tempodrom   Berlin Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa Arte, HBO
25 2012 Dec. 1, 2012 Mediterranean Conference Centre   Valletta Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa
26 2013 Dec. 7, 2013 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa Arte, HBO, NTV Plus Kino+, ETV2, ORF III, SBS Two, OTE Cinema 1HD, TV3
27 2014 Dec. 13, 2014 Latvian National Opera   Riga Thomas Hermanns[2] Michael Maier ECC event
28 2015 Dec. 12, 2015 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin Thomas Hermanns Nadja Zonsarowa
29 2016 Dec. 10, 2016 National Forum of Music   Wrocław[3] Maciej Stuhr TVN, HBO, Cosmote, Rai Movie, LTV, ERR, Movistar , 15 min ECC event
30 2017 Dec. 9, 2017 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin Thomas Hermanns
31 2018 Dec. 15, 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
32 2019 Dec. 7, 2019 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin
33 2020 Dec. 12, 2020 Harpa Conference and Concert Hall   Reykjavík
33 2021 Dec. 11, 2021 Haus der Berliner Festspiele   Berlin
33 2022 Dec. 10, 2022 Théâtre d’Esch   Esch-sur-Alzette ECC event
Locations of the European Film Awards ceremonies.

Award categoriesEdit

Films with multiple winsEdit

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

External linksEdit