The competition for the European Location Award organized by the Filming Europe - European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) to celebrate its 10th anniversary, in collaboration with the pan-European platform Cineuropa. The best European location or facility in the last decade will be selected in the competition. The final shortlist was selected by the group of experts and movie critics from Cineuropa, among the entries sent by the film commissions, members of the Network. The voting is open to all film enthusiasts, and the main prize for the participants is a trip to the winning location. The streets of Wrocław that three years ago were filmed in Spielberg’s "Bridge of Spies" were nominated by Film Commission Poland, who is an active member of the EUFCN and whose main goal is the promotion of Polish locations and film industry.
11 places from the whole Europe reached the final round. Among them there are whole cities, islands or individual buildings. Among the finalists there are as many as three locations known from HBO’s "Game of Thrones": Dubrovnik, Kaštilac fortress near Split and Spanish islet San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. We will also be able to vote for German town Görlitz, where Wes Anderson realised "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; the Roman Baths of Caracalla, which could be seen in Oscar-winning "The Great Beauty"; the spectacularly-located hotel Juvet Landscape from "Ex Machina"; Vienna, which hosted the set of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"; or the glacier Val Senales in South Tyrol, which stood in for the Himalayas in "Everest."
The Polish competitor, and at the same time the only location from Central and Eastern Europe, is four streets of Wroclaw: Miernicza, Łukasińskiego, Ptasia and Kurkowa, which in 2014 were used by Steven Spielberg to recreate Berlin from the Cold War period. The crew spent in Wrocław six shooting days. Among others the famous Checkpoint Charlie and scenes of erecting the Berlin Wall were made for the production.
‘After preparing the nomination, we have closely collaborated with our colleagues from Wroclaw Film Commission, who helped the American filmmakers organize the production of "Bridge of Spies" in the capital of Lower Silesia,’ says Tomasz Dąbrowski, Head of Film Commission Poland. ‘We are glad that the potential of Wrocław has been noticed - it is a city that played other European cities on multiple occasions. We encourage you to cast a vote.’
Voting for the best European film location is open until 25 October at Cineuropa.org HERE. The main prize for voters is 3-days long stay for 2 people in the winning location. The Award ceremony will take place in Brussels on November 7th, inside the European Parliament. During the ceremony, Filming Europe-EUFCN will announce the winning location and voter.