European Film Awards in Reykjavík postponed

14.10.2020 - 14:18
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The European Film Awards will be presented in Reykjavík in 2022 and not this coming December as had been previously planned. The change comes, unsurprisingly, because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The European Film Awards ceremony traditionally takes place in Berlin in odd-numbered years and in other cities around Europe in even-numbered years. It is a large event and cities consider holding it a great honour.

Preparations have been underway for the 2020 ceremony at Harpa in Reykjavík for many months. 

Instead, this year’s ceremony will go ahead without an audience and Reykjavík will wait until 2022 for the honour of hosting. The event this year will be broadcast and streamed live from Berlin on 12th December, a statement from Iceland’s education and culture ministry says. 

“We will hold a fabulous and diverse programme of celebration in honour of European cinema. It will just not be this year. Because we are living through unusual times that call for flexibility,” says education and culture minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Icelandic film culture and the film industry in this country and we will use it well,” she adds. 

Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson says there is no other option in the current circumstances. “It’s good that a deal has been reached for the European Film Awards to be held in Reykjavík after two years. Then, we will hopefully have controlled the pandemic and can concentrate entirely on preparing a beautiful ceremony and surrounding events that we can use in marketing the cultural city of Reykjavík, as well as for Icelandic filmmaking and the creative sector more generally.” 

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