Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, awarded the prestigious prize of Best European Film to La Grand Bellezza. This Italian-French co-production also received awards as Best Director, Best Actor and Best Editor. The French actress Catherine Deneuve was awarded by the European Film Academy for her Lifetime Achievement and the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar was honoured for European Achievement in World Cinema.

The award for the new category of European Comedy went to the Danish film Love is All You Need by Susanne Bier. The People's Choice Award for Best European Film was received by the Portuguese-French co-production The Gifted Cage. A total of 20 awards were presented during this 26th European Film Awards ceremony, voted for by more than 2.900 members of the European Film Academy – representing the voices of filmmakers from across Europe. Some 900 guests – winners, nominees and EFA members were gathered in Berlin to pay tribute to the European film industry.

List of all the EFA winners.

Creative Europe

Commissioner Vassiliou said: "The line-up of shortlisted films and awards winners showcases the European film industry's incredible wealth of talent and creativity. The European Union will continue to support the audiovisual sector through the new Creative Europe programme, which starts in January. Its MEDIA sub-programme will provide funding for the distribution and release of non-national European films, while also supporting film development and training to respond to the challenges of digitisation and globalisation. By helping to finance the sector in this way, the EU also enables film-makers to safeguard and promote Europe's cultural and linguistic diversity."

Since 1991, MEDIA has invested €1.6 billion in film distribution, development, training and innovation with the aim of increasing the diversity and international competitiveness of the European film and audiovisual industry. The MEDIA programme has provided funding for all the films nominated this year in the main categories. It has supported the European Film Academy since 1997.

Background

Creative Europe, the new EU programme supporting the cultural and creative sectors, will be launched in January 2014. With a budget of €1.46 billion for the next seven years, a 9% increase on current levels, it will provide grants to support film distribution, development and training, as well as launching a new loan guarantee fund aimed at making it easier for small businesses in the cultural and creative sectors to access finance.

Creative Europe builds on the experience and success of the Culture and MEDIA programmes, which have supported the cultural and audiovisual sectors for more than 20 years. The new programme includes a MEDIA sub-programme, which will provide funding for the cinema and audiovisual sector, and a Culture sub-programme, supporting performing and visual arts, heritage and other areas. A new cross-sector strand will support policy cooperation, transversal measures and the new financial guarantee facility, which will be operational from 2016. For more details, see IP/13/1114, MEMO/13/1009 and MEMO/13/1091.