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Medallas del Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos
Medallas del CEC de 2018.jpg
2018 Premios winners
Awarded forExcellence in film
Presented byCírculo de Escritores Cinematográficos
First awarded1946
Last awarded2020[1]

The Premios CEC, whose full name is Medallas del Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos (Medals of the Circle of Cinematographic Writers), are awards presented annually by the Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos to distinguish films, artists, technicians, and writers related to cinema, both Spanish and international.[2] The ceremony held its first edition in 1946, when it awarded prizes in thirteen different categories. The categories have varied over time, and in 2016, there were twenty. The awards went through a period of crisis in the 1980s, and the ceremony was suspended from 1986 until 1990. The prize consists of a simple bronze medal and has no financial prize attached to it. The Premios are the oldest cinematic awards in Spain.


The Circle of Cinematographic Writers was created in 1945 by fifteen individuals. Their goal was to form an organization to promote cinematographic art in Spain. In 1946, the awards were launched to celebrate films made in the previous year. Despite their lack of financial endowment—the prizes consist of a simple bronze medal designed by the artist González de Ubieta—the awards have achieved a high level of prestige due to their independence, as they are not awarded by the film industry itself or by its corporate sponsors.

In the 1980s, the organization went through a period of crisis. For five years—from 1986 to 1990—the Circle did not hold the ceremony and no awards were granted, and it seemed as if it would become defunct.[3] However, a new CEC leadership, led by Paul Naschy, relaunched the awards in 1991.


Spanish film awards

Starting from the first edition of the Premios, categories awarded to domestic productions predominated. The main award was the prize for best film. Various notable Spanish films have received this honour throughout the history of the awards, including Surcos, Plácido, Chimes at Midnight, and El espíritu de la colmena.[4]

Other categories have included best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and actress, best photography, and best music; all of these categories continue to exist to this day. The award has been received by many notable directors, such as José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, Ladislao Vajda, Carlos Saura, Luis Buñuel, and Pedro Almodóvar.[5] Well-known award-winning actors include Fernando Fernán Gómez, Ana Mariscal, Francisco Rabal, Emma Penella, Fernando Rey, Sara Montiel, Javier Bardem,[6] Concha Velasco,[7] Ricardo Darín, and Penélope Cruz.

Some earlier categories have been removed over the years, while others have remained. A few have been split into separate prizes, such as the award for best screenplay, which is today given to original and adapted screenplays separately. New categories have also been added, including a prize for best montage, best documentary feature film, and best animated film. An award was briefly conferred to the best foreign actor and actress in a Spanish film. Other prizes which were introduced and later cancelled include a prize for best setting and one for best short film.

In 1948, the Gimeno Prize was introduced to reward newcomers. Its name was changed to the Jimeno Prize the following year, and again in 1962, to the Antonio Barbero Prize. Initially limited to a single winner, it was later expanded to honour the best new director, actor, and actress.

Foreign film awards

In the third year of the ceremony, a medal was awarded for the best foreign film, going to The Best Years of Our Lives. In the 1956 edition, medals were created to celebrate the best foreign actor and actress. A prize was also temporarily awarded to the best Spanish-American film.

Writer awards

Apart from awards given to film professionals, from the outset, there were others dedicated to highlighting the work of film critics, journalists, and book writers. These awards are more corporate in nature and have often gone to members of the Circle. In the first edition, medals were awarded for best literary work and best critical work. Subsequently, a medal was created for best book, though this is now defunct. In 1952, a prize was created for best journalistic work.

Medal of Honour

In 1994, a Tribute Award was awarded to American director Francis Ford Coppola. Its delivery was repeated until 2004, when the name was changed to the Medal of Honour. The award goes to professionals in various sectors connected to cinema.


  • Falquina, Ángel (1975). Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos. 1945-1975. Madrid: Imprint of MIT. ISBN 84-500-6968-8.
  1. ^ "Nominaciones a la 75 edición de las Medallas del CEC" [Nominations for the 75th edition of the CEC Medals]. (in Spanish). 3 January 2020. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Círculo de Escritores Cinematográficos: fundamentación y actuaciones" [Circle of Cinematographic Writers: foundation and actions.]. (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Premios CEC". (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  4. ^ "O Espírito da Colmeia" [The Spirit of the Beehive]. (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Los veteranos Premios CEC coronan a Pedro Almodóvar con cinco premios por 'Dolor y gloria'" [Veteran CEC Awards crown Pedro Almodóvar with five awards for 'Pain and glory']. (in Spanish). 20 January 2020. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  6. ^ "'El reino' lidera las candidaturas a las Medallas del CEC" ['The kingdom' leads the candidacies for the CEC Medals]. (in Spanish). 14 January 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Concha Velasco recibirá la Medalla de Honor del CEC" [Concha Velasco will receive the CEC Medal of Honor]. (in Spanish). 26 January 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2020.

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