European Film Academy Awards

European Film Academy Awards annually rewards the most important achievements of European cinema, divided into 22 categories, according to http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/.

The first edition of the European Film Academy Awards was held in Berlin, on November 26,  1988. It was originally named Felix Awards, but was renamed in 1997.

Since then, the ceremony is hosted every two years in Berlin and between, in different European cities. For example, in 1998 the ceremony of the European Film Academy Awards was held in London, in 2000 in Paris while the 2002 edition was scheduled in Rome.

To be considered by the jury, films must have their premiere after July 1 of the previous year. The nominations for the main categories are announced in early November. They are then voted and the winners are announced in the first half of December.

The European Film Academy was founded in 1989 and currently comprises more than 3,000 European filmmakers. Its first founder was Ingmar Bergman. The main purpose of the Academy is to promote European cinema on several levels, artistic, creative and economic in the film industry.

The edition of December 2014, held in Riga, awarded the best film to ‘Ida’, a drama directed by Polish Pawel Pawlikowski and written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Moreover, Pawlikowski was considered the best European Director for the same film.

In 2015 edition, the number one film ‘Youth’ (La giovinezza), a comedy-drama directed by Paolo Sorrentino, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel. Among the nominees for Best European Screenwriter were the Romanians Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu, for his film ‘Aferim!’.

In 2016, the award ceremony was held in Wroclaw, Poland. The big winner was the movie ‘Toni Erdmann’, a German-Austrian co-production, directed by Maren Ade.

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