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The European Film Awards are presented in 15 categories and take place in Berlin every second year.

 Every year, the various activities of the European Film Academy culminate in the ceremony of the European Film Awards which are presented jointly with EFA Productions GmbH. In a total of 18 categories, among them European Film, European Director, European Actress and European Actor, the European Film Awards annually honour the greatest achievements in European cinema.

The awards ceremony takes place in Berlin every second year. In the other years, the Awards travel: London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Tallinn and Malta.

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The European Film Awards 2024 will be celebrated in Lucerne/Switzerland

The European Film Awards will be held in the Swiss city of Lucerne in December 2024. This was announced today by the European Film Academy, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, the City of Lucerne and the Canton of Lucerne and the media partner, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR. The ceremony of the 37th European Film Awards 2024 will take place in the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL Luzern), together with various side events in connection with European film producti...

Winners of the 34th European Film Awards

Winners 2021   Moderated this year by Annabelle Mandeng, the European Film Awards annually honour the greatest achievements in European cinema. This year’s award for European Lifetime Achievement is given to the legendary Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros. The Award for European Achievement in World Cinema 2021 goes to Danish helmer Susanne Bier who will be one of the evening’s on‑site guests. And she will be joined by the prolif...

European Film Awards reduce risk further by going digital with the 34th edition of the awards ceremony

Hybrid Ceremony to be Hosted by Annabelle Mandeng Due to the ongoing and unexpected developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Film Academy has decided that the upcoming ceremony of the 34th European Film Awards on 11 December will be further adapted. The aim of the organisation is to minimise risks for the people involved as much as possible. As previously announced, the Awards Ceremony had already re-formatted as a distanced live event. However, the current situation forces the Euro...

EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION AWARD for Maria Ekerhovd

This year’s EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION AWARD, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in fostering international exchange, pays tribute to a woman’s contribution to the success of film co-production. Maria Ekerhovd ©Paul Amundsen Maria Ekerhovd is a Norwegian film producer from Bergen. One of Ekerhovd’s first films as producer, Bobbie Peers’ 2006 short film Sniffer, won Norway’s first (and so far only) Palme d’Or at Cannes Fil...

Matthijs Wouter Knol Confirmed as New EFA Director from 2021

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The European Film Academy is happy to announce that Matthijs Wouter Knol will be the new EFA Director starting in January 2021.   Having studied Contemporary History at Leiden University (Netherlands) and at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (Italy), Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol worked as a freelance journalist and in film production, specializing in documentary films. He then worked for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), was programme mana...

European Film Awards 2020 opens to submissions

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  Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the eligibility rules for the European Film Awards 2020 are extended to include films that would have premiered until 31 May 2020 – be it at a festival or at a regular cinema – but could not due to the pandemic. This is linked to the condition that these films will premiere theatrically or online before the end of November 2020 and the rights-holders agree to provide them for the EFA VOD Platform. FEATURE FILMS participating in the ...

MY BROTHER CHASES DINOSAURS Wins EFA Young Audience Award 2020

  2,000 Young Jurors From 32 Countries Elect MY BROTHER CHASES DINOSAURS by Stefano Cipani   YAA 2020 - online: Winning director Stefano Cipani, EFA Director Marion Döring and host Ivana Noa Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the originally planned theatre screenings had to be cancelled. The 12-14-year-old jury members watched the three nominated films online on Festival Scope, had the opportunity to discuss the films in various video groups and then cast their votes online. M...

YAA: European Films for Young Cinema Lovers

    Great Films And Where to Watch Them If you, too, have kids who are stuck at home with nowhere to go and nothing to do once home schooling is done, you might be glad to find out where to watch the best European films for young cinema lovers at yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu Nominated and awarded films from the EFA Young Audience Award are introduced and linked directly to the VOD Platform(s) where the respective film is available in your country.   And no...

EFA Young Audience Award Cancels Theatre Screenings & Goes Online

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  Due to the Coronavirus crisis the European Film Academy and its partner network sadly have to cancel all theatre jury screenings planned for 26 April in 40 countries across Europe and beyond. While nothing compares to the experience of watching a film in a theatre in a group of other film-lovers, in times like these the most important thing is to stop the virus from continuing to spread at high speed. That doesn’t mean that you cannot watch great films and this year&rsquo...

Mike Downey Elected New EFA Chairman

  The members of the European Film Academy (EFA) have elected Mike Downey, Irish producer and CEO of Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME), as new chairman of the EFA Board.  Mike Downey (picture: EFA/EPA/Clemens Bilan) Taking over from Polish director Agnieszka Holland who has chaired the EFA Board for the past six years, Downey pointed out at Saturday’s European Film Awards that he wants his mandate to be marked by a continuation of the EFA’s “campa...

The 32nd European Film Awards: Winners

The more than 3,600 members of the European Film Academy – filmmakers from across Europe – have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Berlin the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2019 THE FAVOURITE UK, Ireland DIRECTED BY Yorgos Lanthimos WRITTEN BY Deborah Davis & Tony McNamara PRODUCED BY Ed Guiney, Ceci Dempsey, Lee Magiday & Yorgos Lanthimos EUROPEAN COMEDY 2019 THE FAVOURITE UK, Ireland...

EFAs 2020 Go to Reykjavík

The 33rd European Film Awards will be held in the Icelandic capital on 12 December 2020. This was announced today by the European Film Academy, the City of Reykjavík and the Icelandic government. The ceremony will take place in the Harpa Conference and Concert Hall, together with various side events in connection with European film production.   Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre Designed by Ol...

The 8th EFA Young Audience Award Includes Record 55 Cities in 34 Countries

Young juries across Europe will watch nominated films FIGHT GIRL, LOS BANDO and OLD BOYS – all of which will then be available as VOD for the general public The European Film Academy (EFA) proudly announces and congratulates the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2019: FIGHT GIRL VECHTMEISJE DIRECTED BY: Johan Timmers WRITTEN BY: Barbara Jurgens PRODUCED BY: Ineke Kanters & Jan van der Zanden Net...

The 31st European Film Awards: Winners

  Cold War is the big winner of the night, with 5 European Film Awards. Congratulations to director Paweł Pawlikowski, producers Ewa Puszczyńska and Tanya Seghatchian! #efa2018 ph: Ewa Ferdynus The more than 3,500 members of the European Film Academy – filmmakers from across Europe – have voted for this year’s European Film Awards. At the awards ceremony in Seville the following awards were presented: EUROPEAN FILM 2018 COLD WAR WRI...

Honorary Award of the EFA President and Board for Costa-Gavras

On the occasion of the 31st European Film Awards on 15 December, the legendary director Costa-Gavras will be presented with the Honorary Award of the EFA President and Board. With this award the European Film Academy wishes to pay special tribute an outstanding director and a personality with a strong political voice who is not only deeply respected by his colleagues but also celebrated by audiences worldwide. Costa-Gavras is the fifth filmmaker to receive this recog...

One week left to vote for the new EFA Board

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Vote for the new EFA Board will end on Thursday, 29 November 2018 (23h59 CET). There is another – very sad issue – which we need to bring to your attention. As most of you may already know, our dear French board member and candidate Francis Boespflug passed away during the voting period of the present board elections. Due to the extraordinary circumstances, the elections for the French representative to the EFA Board have to be repeated in the beginning of next year. There ...

EURIMAGES Co-Production Award for Kontovrakis & Karnavas

This year’s EURIMAGES CO-PRODUCTION AWARD, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in fostering international exchange, goes to two fellow producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis and Giorgos Karnavas. Konstantinos Kontovrakis (left) and Giorgos Karnavas Konstantinos Kontovrakis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He obtained a BA in Film Studies and English Literature and an MA in Arts Management in London. He has publis...

The European Film Academy congratulates the following awards recipients: first 8 recipients

  JURY UNVEILS FIRST EIGHT EFA WINNERS The European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce the first winners who will be honoured at this year’s European Film Awards. A special eight-member jury convened in Berlin and, based on the EFA Feature Film Selection, decided on the winners in the categories cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, h...

Nominations for the European Film Awards 2018

At the Seville European Film Festival, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions proudly announced the nominations for the 31st European Film Awards. The more than 3,500 EFA Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on 15 December in Seville. EUROPEAN FILM 2018 BORDER GRÄNS Sweden, Denmark DIRECTED BY Ali Abbasi WRITTEN BY Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklöf & John Ajvide...

New Short Film Selection & Awarding Procedure

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More Festivals in More Countries to Select Candidates for the EFA Short Film Category For the 2019 and 2020 editions of the European Film Awards, the European Film Academy will welcome new festivals to participate in the EFA Short Film selection and awarding procedure. Joining the network of 15 already existing partner festivals, at each festival an independent jury will choose one short film from its competition as a candidate for the European Film Awards short film category. When th...

Carmen Maura and Ralph Fiennes to receive Honorary Career Awards at the 31st EFA Awards

      EFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD to Carmen Maura and European Achievement in World Cinema to Ralph Fiennes       ...

EFA Board Thanks European Parliament for Oleg Sentsov’s Sakharov Prize

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  The Board of the European Film Academy wishes to express its profound gratitude toward the European Parliament for awarding the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, jailed in Russia, with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. “We thank the European Parliament,” says EFA Chairwoman Agnieszka Holland, “for this recognition of a man who not only believes in human rights but also fights for them – even if it means personal damage to body and soul.” ...

EFA Animation and Comedy Nominations

The European Film Academy proudly announces the nominations for the award categories EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2018 and EUROPEAN COMEDY 2018.  The nominations for the category COMEDY were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Members Angeles González-Sinde (Spain), Henning Kamm (Germany) and Ada Solomon (Romania), director Hannes Holm (Sweden) and distributor Hrvoje Laurenta (Croatia). As for ANIMATED FEATURE FILM, the committee consisted of EFA Board Dep...

Election of the EFA President and EFA Board Elections 2018, votes close end of november

  Election of the EFA President and EFA Board Elections 2018 Deadline: 30 November  Please consider voting for Bruno Chatelin a former Board Member. All candidate info can be found on the voting platform.    ...

Six Debut Films Nominated for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2018 – Prix FIPRESCI

The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2018 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.  This year’s nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Member Katriel Schory (Israel), festival programmers Mihai Chirilov (Romania) and Azize Tan (Turkey) as well as film critics Isabelle Danel (Fra...

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The European Film Awards are presented in 15 categories and take place in Berlin every second year.

The 2013 edition returns to Berlin this December.

After Paris, Glasgow, London, Rome, Barcelona, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Bochum, Tallinn and Valletta the European Film Awards 2014 will take place in Riga,  Saturday, 13 December 2014


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