City chosen for relationship to cinema, status as cultural center

MADRID — Barcelona has been chosen to host the 2004 European Film Awards. Organized by the European Film Academy, the kudos’ 17th edition will take place in the Catalan capital Dec. 4, 2004, EFA prexy Nik Powell announced Thursday.

Barcelona had been chosen by EFA because of its close relationship to cinema and its status as a European and world cultural center, Powell said.

The city’s backing of the European Film Awards reflects the increased support for cinema from Catalan regional government authorities. Kudofest costs will be shared among the Catalan government, the Barcelona Town Hall and Spain’s Ministry of Culture. Awards will coincide with Catalonia’s biggest film event, the Sitges Intl. Film Festival.

Held every other year outside EFA’s hometown of Berlin and backed by a 1,600-strong membership, the European Film Awards have gradually grown in stature, although they still face difficulties gaining live TV coverage across Europe.

This year’s kudofest is likely to benefit from the shortened Oscar season.

A clutch of the 43 films up for EFA noms have been selected by their countries as candidates for the foreign-lingo film Oscar.

This year’s European Film Awards will take place Dec. 6 in Berlin.

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