17th Edition of the European Films Awards (Barcelona , 11 December 2004)

''Mar Adentro'' by Alejandro Amenabar won the Best European Director Award at the European Film Awards in Barcelona on Saturday, 11 December. Javier Bardem was awarded the Best European Actor prize for his role in the film, a Spanish-French-Italian co-production supported by Eurimages, the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works, which recently supported its 1000th film.

The European Film Academy Critics´Award, the Fipresci prize, went to Theo Angelopoulos for ''Trilogy - The Weeping Meadow'', a Greek-French-Italian co-production, also supported by Eurimages. Jacques Toubon, President of Eurimages and member of the European Film Academy, took part in the award ceremony.