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The European Film Awards are presented annually by the European Film Academy to recognize excellence in European cinema 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 and actors.

The awards were originally called the Felix Awards but the name was changed to the European Film Awards.

The host cities alternate, as Berlinmarker hosts them every other year while other European cities get the chance in between. The 2008 ceremony took place on 6 December in Copenhagenmarker.

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 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.

Best European Film (Film of the year)

Best European Director

Best European Actor

Best European Actress

Best European Screenwriter

Best European Composer

European Editor

European Cinematographer

European Film Academy Discovery - Prix Fassbinder

Jameson People's Choice Award - Best European Director

Jameson People's Choice Award - Best European Actor

Jameson People's Choice Award - Best European Actress

People’s Choice Award - Best European Film

European Achievement in World Cinema

Non-European Film - Prix Screen International

Lifetime Achievement Award

Other Awards

  • Award for an artistic contribution
  • Critics Award - Prix Fipresci
  • Documentary - Prix Arte
  • European Production Designer
  • Short Film - Prix UIP


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