The European Film Awards take place on December 1st this year. Movies.ie will be on hand to bring you all the results from the ceremony, but until then, here are 10 things you need to know about the European Film Academy and the European Film Awards

  1. The European Film Awards are presented annually by the European Film Academy.
  2. The European Film Academy was founded in November 1988 by a group of filmmakers who came together in Berlin on the occasion of the first presentation of the European Film Awards.
  3. Ireland has 37 members in the European Film Academy.
  4. Award nominees are restricted to European cinema, producers, directors and actors
  5. The host cities alternate; EFA hometown of Berlin hosts the awards every two years, and other European cities get their chance every other year.
  6. This year, the European Film Awards take place in Malta on December 1st
  7. The awards were originally called the Felix Awards but the name was changed… Possibly to avoid confusion with a Canadian accolade of the same name.
  8. The European Film Awards mark the beginning of awards season, which includes the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the BAFTA awards.
  9. This year, actress Helen Mirren will be presented with the award for European Achievement in World Cinema
  10. This year, the nominees include…

EUROPEAN FILM 2012:
Amour (Love)
Barbara
Caesar Must Die
Untouchable
The Hunt
Shame

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2012:
Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Michael Haneke for Amour
Steve McQueen for Shame
Paolo & Vittorio Taviani for Caesar Must Die
Thomas Vinterberg for The Hunt

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2012:
Emilie Dequenne in Our Children
Nina Hoss in Barbara
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
Margarethe Tiesel in Paradise: Love
Kate Winslet in Carnage

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2012: 
François Cluzet & Omar Sy in Untouchable
Michael Fassbender in Shame
Mads Mikkelsen in The Hunt
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour

EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2012:
ALOIS NEBEL directed by Tomáš Luňák
ARRUGAS (Wrinkles) directed by Ignacio Ferreras
THE PIRATES! IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS directed by Peter Lord

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD for Best European Film:
The Artist
Barbara
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Caesar Must Die
Come as You Are
Headhunters
In Darkness
The Iron Lady
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Untouchable

Words – Brogen Hayes