The European Film Awards take place on 7 December in Lucerne

Switzerland celebrates European film throughout the year with an extensive nationwide supporting programme

The 37th European Film Awards ceremony for the best European films of the year will be held in Switzerland for the first time this year. The top-class awards will be presented on Saturday, 7 December 2024 at Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL Luzern). In addition, a varied supporting programme of film screenings, debates and events throughout Switzerland will take visitors on a journey of discovery through Swiss and European filmmaking throughout the year. This was announced at a kick-off event during the Berlinale last weekend, organised by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the city and canton of Lucerne, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR and Swiss Films.


With the presentation of the highest European film award in Switzerland for the first time, the country can present itself in a special way as a lively and creative film country in the heart of Europe. From spring onwards, the extensive supporting programme will illustrate the diverse relations between Switzerland and the rest of Europe in the field of film. The supporting programme’s events begin in the spring and target a broad public as well as the Swiss film industry. In the run-up to the awards ceremony there will be events including film screenings with film-makers and discussions about films in the city of Lucerne and in Central Switzerland. An event at the International Film Festival in Cannes will also take place. Planning of the programme details is ongoing.


Highlights throughout the year

Several Swiss film festivals and events this year will also focus on the European film industry and address the network connecting Switzerland and Europe with events, debates and film programmes. Cinémathèque suisse will present a special programme featuring past European Film Award winners. In addition, SRG SSR will show a programme of Swiss and European films that have been nominated and distinguished at the European Film Awards on its channels and on the streaming platform “Play Suisse”. The European Film Awards ceremony will also be broadcast live throughout Europe in cooperation with SRG SSR.


The events in the city of Lucerne will be organised by the European Film Academy in cooperation with Swiss partners the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the city and canton of Lucerne and media partner SRG SSR. The international supporting programme is an initiative of the FOC in cooperation with Swiss Films, the foundation Focal, Cinémathèque suisse as well as cinemas, film festivals and film events throughout Switzerland.


A Website provides detailed information about all events.

European Film Awards

European Film Academy

The European Film Awards are organised by the European Film Academy and the European Film Academy Productions.

Beat Züsli, Mayor of Lucerne, Carine Bachmann, director of BAK and Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO of European Film Academy. Credit: Mario Heller