European Film Awards 2016
To cap off its year-long tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2016, Wroclaw will host the prominent European Film Awards on the 10th of December. The fact that Wroclaw will host the most important annual celebration of European cinema is a tremendous honour for the city, and it also provides the opportunity to recall that Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski was the very first to win the European Film Award for Best Film back in 1988 in Berlin.
The hosting of the 2016 European Film Awards will also build a bridge from Wroclaw to Berlin, a city that enjoyed its own tenure as European Capital of Culture in 1988. At that time, as part of its capital-of-culture events, Berlin initiated the European Film Awards as the European continent’s answer to the Oscar Awards in Hollywood. The European Film Awards were handed out for the very first time in Berlin, and Berlin also campaigned for Wroclaw to have the honour of hosting the awards during its own year as European Capital of Culture in 2016. In other words, this year’s European Film Awards also represent a shared celebration of Wroclaw and Berlin.