European Film Awards

European Film Awards
29th European Film Awards
Awarded for Excellence in European cinematic achievements
Location Europe
Presented by European Film Academy
First awarded 1988
Official website

The European Film Awards are 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 Film of the year. 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.

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

Awarding procedures

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 app 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 elementsWeighting 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 cities

EditionYear Date Venue City Presenter Director Notes
1 1988 Nov. 26, 1988 Theater des Westens West Berlin Berlin Jan Niklas, Désirée Nosbusch Robin Bextor ECC event
2 1989 Nov. 25, 1989 Théâtre des Champs-Elysées France Paris Fernando Rey, Agnès Soral ECC event
3 1990 Dec. 2, 1990 Royal Concert Hall United Kingdom Glasgow Schenna MacDonald, Melvyn Bragg ECC event
4 1991 Dec. 1, 1991 Babelsberg Germany Potsdam Désirée Nosbusch-Becker, Johannes Willms
5 1992 Nov. 25, 1992 Babelsberg Germany Potsdam Senta Berger, Ben Kingsley
6 1993 Dec. 4, 1993 Babelsberg Germany Potsdam Fanny Ardant
7 1994 Nov. 27, 1994 Spiegelzelt Germany Berlin -
8 1995 Nov. 12, 1995 Bar jeder Vernunft Germany Berlin -
9 1996 Nov. 8, 1996 Blue Tent in Lützowplatz Germany Berlin -
10 1997 Dec. 7, 1997 Flughafen Tempelhof Germany Berlin Tania Bryer
11 1998 Dec. 4, 1998 Old Vic Theatre United Kingdom London Mel Smith, Carole Bouquet
12 1999 Dec. 4, 1999 Schiller Theater Germany Berlin Mel Smith, Carole Bouquet
13 2000 Dec. 2, 2000 Chaillot National Theatre France Paris Rupert Everett, Antoine de Caunes
14 2001 Dec. 1, 2001 Tempodrom Germany Berlin Mel Smith
15 2002 Dec. 7, 2002 Rome Opera House Italy Rome Asia Argento, Mel Smith
16 2003 Dec. 6, 2003 Treptow Arena Germany Berlin Heino Ferch
17 2004 Dec. 11, 2004 Forum Convention Center Spain Barcelona Maria de Medeiros, Juanjo Puigcorbé Manuel Huerga
18 2005 Dec. 3, 2005 Treptow Arena Germany Berlin Heino Ferch Pepe Danquart
19 2006 Dec. 2, 2006 EXPO XXI Center Poland Warsaw Maciej Stuhr, Sophie Marceau Volker Weicker
20 2007 Dec. 1, 2007 Treptow Arena Germany Berlin Jan Josef Liefers, Emmanuelle Béart Volker Weicker
21 2008 Dec. 6, 2008 Forum Denmark Copenhagen Mikael Bertelsen Andreas Morell
22 2009 Dec. 12, 2009 Hall of the Century Germany Bochum Anke Engelke Andreas Morell ECC event
23 2010 Dec. 4, 2010 Nokia Concert Hall Estonia Tallinn Anke Engelke, Märt Avandi Andreas Morell ECC event
24 2011 Dec. 3, 2011 Tempodrom Germany Berlin Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa
25 2012 Dec. 1, 2012 Mediterranean Conference Centre Malta Valletta Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa
26 2013 Dec. 7, 2013 Haus der Berliner Festspiele Germany Berlin Anke Engelke Nadja Zonsarowa
27 2014 Dec. 13, 2014 Latvian National Opera Latvia Riga Thomas Hermanns[2] Michael Maier ECC event
28 2015 Dec. 12, 2015 Haus der Berliner Festspiele Germany Berlin Thomas Hermanns Nadja Zonsarowa
29 2016 Dec. 10, 2016 National Forum of Music Poland Wrocław[3] Maciej Stuhr ECC event
30 2017 2017 Germany Berlin
31 2018 2018 Spain Seville[4]
Locations of the European Film Awards ceremonies.

Award categories

See also

Other Pan-European events


External links

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