European Film Awards 2020

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The European Film Awards to be presented in a virtual gala from Berlin

Set to be livestreamed, the awards ceremony will also host the announcement of the nominees for the brand-new LUX - European Audience Film Award

The European Film Awards to be presented in a virtual gala from Berlin

Due to the pandemic, the 33rd European Film Awards will take place as a virtual ceremony without an audience, broadcast and streamed from the European Film Academy’s seat, Berlin, on Saturday, 12 December 2020. The awarding procedures will remain the same, i.e. most awards are voted for directly by the over 3,800 EFA Members. The nominations are also going to be announced online, on Tuesday, 10 November, in a livestream presented together with EFA’s longtime partners at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain.

For the first time this year, the awards ceremony will also host the announcement of the three nominees for the brand-new LUX - European Audience Film Award, the new pan-European Audience Award created by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy that will be voted on by audiences across Europe.

The decision of cancelling the planned event in Reykjavik and postponing it for December 2022, was taken due to the deteriorating situation linked to the pandemic in an increasing number of European countries, including Iceland, and in full and mutual agreement among the European Film Academy (EFA), the Mayor of Reykjavik Dagur B. Eggertsson and the Icelandic Minister of Education, Science and Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir. The European Film Academy and its in-house company EFA Productions are currently working on a new concept for an EFA Week of additional online-events to involve its partners and members, including the annual General Assembly.

EFA Chairman Mike Downey comments: “The decision was not easy but it was made with responsibility and out of care for our guests. The good news is, however, that all of this can be maintained and that our inspiring co-operation will continue with the aim to create an even more exciting celebration of European cinema in Iceland in December 2022, when the world will hopefully have defeated COVID-19.” Following their usual rhythm, the 34th EFAs will take place in Berlin in 2021.

by Cineuropa