EUFCN Location Award 2021 : The Finalists

The 5 finalists competing for the EUFCN Location Award 2021 have been revealed. The general public has now the chance to vote for their favourite European filming location

from left to right: Stadlandet (Norway), Berlin (Germany), Kornati National Park (Croatia), Malaga (Spain), Cahir Castle (Ireland)

The European Film Commissions Network (EUFCN) launched the fifth edition of the EUFCN Location Award, the annual prize for European locations in the film and TV industries, by announcing the names of the 5 locations that will compete for best European filming location of the year.

The finalists are:

Berlin for The Queen’s GambitBerlin Brandenburg Film Commission (GERMANY)

Cahir Castle for The Green KnightScreen Ireland (IRELAND)

Kornati National Park for MurinaFilming in Croatia (CROATIA)

Malaga for The Crown (Season 4) – Andalucía Film Commission (SPAIN)

Stadlandet for Dune – Western Norway Film Commission (NORWAY)

During the first stage of the competition, EUFCN member film commissions had the opportunity to submit one location from a film or a TV series shot in their country and released between September 21st, 2020 and September 11th, 2021.

The EUFCN Location Award Jury evaluated all submissions, focusing on the significant role of the location in the story and its innovative use inside the audiovisual product.

The Jury was composed by Clara Le (Commercial Director at The Location Guide/FOCUS), Alexandra Lebret (Managing Director of the European Producers Club), Eric Mika (President and Publisher at The Film Verdict), John Rakich (Location Scout, President of the LMGI – Location Managers Guild International), and Dennis Ruh (Director of the European Film Market).

“The EUFCN Location Award reflects the importance and value of those who strive to provide the audience the authenticity of a medium. The Award salutes the unsung heroes who find the stunning locations that set the backdrop and bring life to a story while stimulating curiosity,” says juror Eric Mika. “I was so pleased to be a Jury member and participate in a well-structured organized process and to meet fascinating professionals from other areas of our industry. ‘Kudos’ to EUFCN for its focused dedication shining light on Locations throughout Europe.”

The winner of the EUFCN Location Award 2021 will be determined by the general public’s vote. Everyone can vote here.
A lucky name will be picked among the voters and will win a trip to the winning location!

“Locations, locations, locations – we, film commissioners, are the protectors of these unique and important characters in drama productions,” says EUFCN Co-President Mikael Svensson. “The Location Award is an initiative we strongly believe in, as it highlights and celebrates the fundamental collaboration between film commissions, film location professionals, and location sites across Europe. It feels great that we can focus on the places that make stories shine and also reward the most worthy location.”

Voting opens on Nov. 22nd and runs through Jan. 31st 2022. The EUFCN Location Award 2021 will be handed out to the winning location and film commission in February at the European Film Market – EFM 2022.

The European Film Commissions Network is a non-profit association that supports and promotes the European film industry and culture. It currently represents 95 European film commissions and film institutions from 31 different countries.