The European film Awards have been presented annually since 1988 by the European film Academy to recognize excellence in European cinematic achievements. The awards are given in 19 categories, of which the most important is the Best film. They are restricted to European cinema and European producers, directors, and actors. The awards were officially also called the "Felix Awards" until 1997, in reference to the former award's trophy statuette, which was replaced by a feminine statuette.
Since 1997, the European film Awards have been held in early- to mid-December. Hosting duties have alternated between Berlin, Germany in odd-numbered years and other European cities in even-numbered years. The most recent European film Awards were held on 7 December 2019 in Berlin.