The 33rd European Film Awards are scheduled to be held in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Reykjavík, next year on December 12th.
This exciting news was announced today by the European Film Awards, the City of Reykjavík and the Icelandic government.
Harpa, an architectural marvel, is one of the capital’s most iconic and recognisable landmarks, playing host to numerous festivals and events annually. No doubt, the European Film Awards will be a welcome addition to the concert hall’s roster.
Established in 1988 to support and promote the European film industry, the awards ceremony is held every second year in Berlin, with the other years playing host to different cities across the continent.
In previous years, the European Film Awards has been held in Seville, Riga, Wroclaw, Tallinn, Malta, Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, Warsaw, Barcelona and London.
Icelanders are no strangers to the EFAs, with many having won awards in previous years. The first winner was Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, who won in 1991 for his accompanying composition to the Friðrik Þór Friðriksson film, Children of Nature.
Iconic pop-singer Björk has won two, the People’s Choice Award and Best European actress, both for her role in Lars Von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark (2000). Ingvar E. Sigurðsson also won the People’s Choice award for Angels Of The Universe (2000). Finally, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson won the European University Film Award 2017 for the film Heartstone.
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Hosting the European Film Awards in Reykjavík is highly beneficial for the Icelandic film industry. The awards ceremony attracts countless professionals, nominees, EFA members and journalists from around the world, highlighting both the city and country as an exciting travel and filmmaking destination.
Many Hollywood films have been shot in Iceland over recent years including Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Iceland is, of course, famous as a shooting destination in HBO’s Game of Thrones television series.
Approximately 1400 people are expected to attend next year’s awards.
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