German actor Heino Ferch (Wintersleepers, Comedian Harmonists), has been named as master of ceremonies at this weekend's European Film Awards (Dec 6).

Meanwhile, directors Jeanne Moreau, Istvan Szabo and Pedro Almodovar will act as patrons for the nominated films.

Twenty-four hours later, on Dec 7, the French-German cultural channel Arte will broadcast the ceremony within a special thematic evening on European cinema.

Produced by DDA Productions London, the event will be directed by Volker Weicker.

Artistically, the ceremony is being supervised by EFA President Wim Wenders.