European
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Awards 13 December 2014
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On 13 December 2014, European filmmakers, EFA Members, guests, nominees and winners gathered in Riga for the 27th European Film Awards.

On Saturday, preparations were well underway all day before arrivals began at the Latvian National Opera, a stately neo-classical style building originally constructed as the Riga German Theatre in 1863. Official make-up partner M∙A∙C and exclusive hair styling partner Aveda made sure all guests looked their best when stepping onto the red carpet and into the flurry of photographers' flashlights and TV cameras.

After speeches by the Mayor of Riga and the Latvian cultural minister, the ceremony was opened by the President of the European Film Academy Wim Wenders and EFA Chairwoman Agnieszka Holland.

Announcing and presenting the winners of the European Film Awards in 21 categories were actresses Ada Condeescu (Romania), Sylvia Hoeks (the Netherlands), Rēzija Kalniņa (Latvia), Ariane Labed (France) and Tanja Ribič (Slovenia), their male colleagues Barry Atsma (the Netherlands), Andrzej Chyra (Poland), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Denmark), Branko Đurić (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Tobias Moretti (Austria) and Luca Zingaretti (Italy), RIGA2014 ambassadors Gustavs Terzens and Marta Selecka, and the legendary actress/director Liv Ullmann (Norway).

The ceremony also included ‘patrons’ for the nominated films: actors Johannes Kuhnke (FORCE MAJEURE) and Alexey Serebryakov (LEVIATHAN), actress Melisa Sözen (WINTER SLEEP) and cinematographer Łukasz Żal (IDA) and Producer Marie Gade (NYMPHOMANIAC).

Steve McQueen was honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award, Agnès Varda received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award and Ed Guiney was presented with the European Co-Production Award 2014 – Prix EURIMAGES. Among the guests of the ceremony were also the cultural ministers Josef Ostermayer (Austria), Urve Tiidus (Estonia), Dace Melbārde (Latvia), Šarūnas Birutis (Lithuania), Małgorzata Omilanowska (Poland) and Memli Krasniqi (Kosovo).

The 1,000 guests at the opera, another 500 at Cinema Splendid Palace where the show was simultaneously transmitted, and all those at home watching live from 19.00 CET on LTV in Latvia, RTP2 in Portugal and SVT Flow in Sweden, or online at www.europeanfilmawards.eu were welcomed by German TV host, author and director Thomas Hermanns. The founder of the famous German Quatsch Comedy Club also partnered with Maria von Heland for the script.

Bringing a taste of Latvia to the ceremony was the cello trio Melo-M, the most popular instrumental group in the Baltics, known for cello versions of a variety of well-known music, from classical to ethno, pop and rock. The European Film Awards 2014 were produced by EFA Director Marion Döring and Jürgen Biesinger (executive producer).

The European Film Awards 2014 were presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of Foundation Riga 2014, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Riga City Council, Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-Programme of the EU, FFA German Federal Film Board, German State Lottery Berlin, German State Minister for Culture and the Media, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in co-operation with Aveda, Cinema Splendid Palace, Confectionery manufacturer Laima, GLS, insurance company ERGO, Jägermeister, Lattelecom TV, M∙A∙C, Meyer Sound, Moller Baltic Import, Sixt Limousine Service, Latvian Television and ZDF/ARTE.