Entrants to the European Film Awards 2021, which will be held on December 11 in Berlin, will now be limited to nominees only due to the increase in Covid cases in Germany.
Organizers have confirmed that the event will no longer feature its usual audience of EFA members, partners and guests from the film industry and international media.
In a statement, the European Film Academy (EFA) said the decision was due to “the deteriorating situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic in an increasing number of European countries and Germany”, and that ‘other events around the awards weekend will also be affected. The ceremony will still be streamed and streamed live.
Austria has just announced a full lockdown for 10 days due to rising Covid cases and closed cinemas for the duration.
Cases in Germany hit a new record high today (November 19).
“It is to our great regret and we realize that this must be a huge disappointment for many in Europe. And we too are very disappointed,” said Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO and Director of the European Film Academy, of the decision. “But faced with the responsibility of such an event, we see no other choice. The risk would simply be too high. We will now continue to put all our efforts to make it a special event – for those who can attend and for those who will follow us elsewhere.
Titanium, The father and Quo Vadis, Aida? are the favorites with four nominations each.