The European Film Awards have canceled their plan for a physical ceremony this year due to the increase in the number of Covids in Germany.
A small ceremony reserved for the nominees was to take place in Berlin on December 11. Instead, it will now take place in a hybrid of digital formats, including pre-produced and live online.
Positive cases in Germany have increased steadily over the past two months, reaching almost 60,000 a day on average last week. Further concerns about the Omicron variant have seen governments across Europe react by introducing tougher measures.
The European Academy’s decision raises further questions about how events in film and television will be affected by the fourth wave of the pandemic, which appears likely to be a factor throughout the winter. The Berlin International Film Festival, scheduled to take place February 10-20, continues to prepare for a physical event and organizers are considering additional measures to ensure the festival can go ahead.
The festival reminded us today that it is still planning a face-to-face event “under 2G conditions”, that is to say that admission will only be possible for people who have been vaccinated or cured. The festival’s first lineup should be announced in mid-December.
A spokesperson added: âWe are keeping an eye on the possible expansion to 2Gplus. We’ll take a look at what exactly 2Gplus (masks, distance, tests, capabilities) means in terms of events / situations. How we decide or implement each option will be closely coordinated with the authorities. 2Gplus measurements should include testing every other day.
The German has already postponed two industry events in January: Munich Film Week and the Bavarian Film Awards.
Politicians this week discussed the introduction of new Covid restrictions, including limits on major events such as football matches and nightclubs. The cinemas have not yet been mentioned, but further details are expected to be announced by the government tomorrow.
The pandemic is hitting Europe again. For the record, we heard that participation in this week’s Content London televised commercial event has been hampered by new UK travel restrictions. Meanwhile, Austria is in a full national lockdown.
On the EFA side, German actress, host and writer Annabelle Mandeng will host the hybrid ceremony, which will always be broadcast from the Arena Berlin studio. She will be joined by a handful of other presenters on the physical site. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Europeanfilmawards.eu and on various social networks.
“As much as we regret this decision,” said Matthijs Wouter Knol, director of the European Film Academy. âAt the moment, what matters most to us is preventing people from traveling across Europe and increasing the risks for everyone – this primarily concerns the nominees and winners, but this also includes our team in Berlin. We are confident that the technology available and a massive effort from everyone involved, combined with our collective experience with all kinds of online gatherings, will highlight the outstanding films and achievements nominated for. this year’s European Film Awards. In difficult times like these, we especially hope that the awards ceremony will bring together the European film community and reach as many moviegoers as possible through streaming. “