European film award

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The European Film Prize is a pan-European film prize that has been awarded by the European Film Academy (EFA) since 1988 . The award is also known as the “European Oscar ”.

The last award ceremony took place on December 7, 2019 in Berlin , the next award ceremony is scheduled for 2020 in Reykjavík .

History and purpose

The European Film Prize, also known under the name Felix until 1997 , is intended to draw the public's attention to European films and strengthen European cinemas.

The first Felixe were awarded on November 26, 1988 in Berlin, the year European Capital of Culture .

Prize trophy

Until 1996, a prize trophy named Felix designed by Markus Lüpertz , which showed a man with a pigeon in his hand, was presented. In 1997 this was exchanged for a silver-colored statuette showing a long-haired woman with a dress adorned with European stars. The nameless prize trophy was designed by the British Theo Fennell .

Nomination process

Every year the European Film Academy (EFA) and EFA Productions GmbH in Berlin announce a shortlist ("longlist") with around 40 feature films that are eligible for nomination. All productions must have been shown publicly at festivals or in cinemas between July of the previous year and June of the year of announcement. 20 of these films are put directly on the list through the election of the EFA members in the respective European countries. The remaining 20 films are proposed by European film institutions, festivals and specialist journals, among others, and selected by a selection committee consisting of members of the EFA board and a group of experts. Over the next few weeks, the 2,500 members of the European Film Academy will vote on the nominees in the individual categories as well as at the Academy Awards by postal vote. You will receive copies of the films free of charge. The nominations are announced each year at the beginning of November, one month before the award ceremony, at the Seville European Film Festival . In a second ballot, the EFA members vote on the winners of the individual categories until the award ceremony.

According to the applicable regulations, producers of European feature film productions who are not on the list of recommended films have the right to send DVDs of their films to members of the European Film Academy as candidates for nomination at their own expense. This happened, for example, in 2008 in the case of So Many Years I Love You , for which British Kristin Scott Thomas was awarded the Actor Award.

Separate nomination guidelines apply to nominations in the categories of Best European Short Film and Best European Documentary Film ( Prix ​​Arte ). In the case of short film productions, all film and video formats with a playing time of up to 15 minutes are eligible, including animation and documentaries. The nominees are determined individually at 15 European film festivals and prizewinning in advance. From these, the EFA members select the overall winner. Short films are considered European if the director was born in Europe or has a European passport. The European Film Academy also counts contributions from Israel and the Palestinian Autonomous Territories as European .

For documentaries, a team of experts agrees on three nominated productions with a running time of at least 70 minutes. These must have been officially shown at a film festival recognized by the EFA or have been shown publicly in the cinema after July 1st of each year. All EFA members decide on the winning film, which will be announced at the European Film Awards ceremony.

Change of regulations 2019

The regulations were changed in 2019 with the aim of reducing the number of selected films, democratizing the nomination process and treating all countries equally. Among other things, direct voting of feature films in the 20 countries with the most EFA members has been abolished. In order to be able to participate in the EFAs, in addition to the previous criteria, a film must either have received an award at a major festival or attracted a lot of attention at film festivals, or it must have been sold or awarded in at least three countries (one country for documentaries).

Award ceremony

The European Film Prize is awarded on a Saturday in December during a television gala that has been taking place since 1997 in odd years in Berlin , the seat of the academy, and in even years in another European city (exception 2009 Bochum).

place country number Years
Barcelona SpainSpain Spain 1 2004
Berlin GermanyGermany Germany 15th 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 , 2007 , 2011 , 2013 , 2015 , 2017 , 2019
Bochum GermanyGermany Germany 1 2009
Wroclaw PolandPoland Poland 1 2016
Glasgow United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1 1990
Copenhagen DenmarkDenmark Denmark 1 2008
London United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1 1998
Valletta MaltaMalta Malta 1 2012
Paris FranceFrance France 2 1989, 2000
Potsdam-Babelsberg GermanyGermany Germany 3 1991, 1992, 1996
Reykjavík IcelandIceland Iceland 1 2020
Riga LatviaLatvia Latvia 1 2014
Rome ItalyItaly Italy 1 2002
Seville SpainSpain Spain 1 2018
Tallinn EstoniaEstonia Estonia 1 2010
Warsaw PolandPoland Poland 1 2006


In addition to the main prize for the best European film, various other prizes are awarded; in 2018 there were a total of 24 categories, including three honorary and audience awards. The majority of the winners will be determined by the EFA members. In 2019, a category for the best European series (New European Achievement in Fiction Series Award) will be awarded for the first time, with which the German directors Achim von Borries , Henk Handloegten and Tom Tykwer are honored for their work on Babylon Berlin .

Movie categories

category Original designation awarded since
Best movie European film 1988
Best comedy European comedy 2013
Best young film European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI 1988
Best documentary European Documentary 1989
Best animated film European Animated Feature Film 2009
Best short film European short film 1998


category Original designation awarded since
Best director European Director 1988
Best Actress European Actress 1988
Best Actor European Actor 1988
Best script European screenwriter 1988
Best camera European Cinematography / Carlo Di Palma European Cinematographer Award 1988
Best cut European editing 1991
Best production design European production design 1988
Best costume design European Costume Design 2013
Best makeup image European hair & make-up 2016
Best film score European Original Score 1989
Best tone European sound 2013
Best visual effects European visual effects 2018

Prizes of honor

category Original designation awarded since
European film award for a lifetime achievement European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award 1988
Best European performance in world cinema European Achievement in World Cinema 1997
Co-producer award Eurimages Co-Production Award - Prix EURIMAGES 2007

Audience awards

category Original designation awarded since
Audience Award - Best Film EFA People's Choice Award 2006
Best children's film EFA Young Audience Award (YAA) 2012
European University Film Award European University Film Award (EUFA) 2016
Formerly assigned categories

Until 2009, the European FIPRESCI Prize ( Critics Award - Prix Fipresci ) of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) was awarded as part of the award ceremony .


The publishing house Zweiausendeins published two film calendars with the name FELIX in 1991 and 1992.

Web links

Individual evidence

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  6. cf. Short film regulations ( memento of the original dated November 17, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. at (accessed April 26, 2013). @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. cf. Documentary film regulations at (accessed April 26, 2013).
  8. New regulations for the European Film Prize . Article dated April 10, 2019, accessed April 10, 2019.
  9. ^ New Regulations for European Film Awards . Retrieved April 10, 2019.
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  12. Award Categories . Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  13. EFA Honors Babylon Berlin . Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  14. ^ The European Film Academy: Launch of European University Film Award . Retrieved November 25, 2018.