LUX prize widens scope

The LUX prize will be seriously revamped in order to become a truly pan-European cinema award, the EP press service reported. From now on it will be called “LUX - the European Audience Film Award”, and will be jointly awarded by the European Parliament together with the European Film Academy. In the new format five nominees will be competing for the award each year.

"Until now, LUX filmography has emotionally echoed our political work on environment, migration, fighting poverty and inequalities as well as on democracy and pluralism. Now we will continue this work with strong and amazing partners and take the award a step further,” Sabine Verheyen (EPP, DE), Chair of Parliament's Culture and Education Committee, said last wek while unveiling the details of the revamped award at the Venice film festival.

The LUX prize, until recently organised and awarded by the Parliament alone, from now will be awarded by the EP and the EFA, in partnership with the Commission and the Europa Cinemas network. It will be formally called “LUX - the European Audience Film Award by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy”. Mike Downey, chairman of the European Film Academy, will be the Honorary President of the LUX jury.

Until recently, only MEPs were entitled to vote for the competing films. With the new award, the winner will be selected jointly by MEPs and the public, each representing 50% of the vote. The three European films that will make up the LUX Award selection will be selected by a panel of film industry professionals.

The Selection Panel members list was approved already in June with new members set to join. The three nominated films this year will be announced during the European Film Awards Ceremony in Reykyavik, Iceland, on 12 December.

Until April, the three nominated films subtitled in the 24 official EU languages will then be screened across Europe. The public will have the chance to cast their votes and rank the nominated films by giving them 1 to 5 stars. On 28 April 2021 the winner will be announced in the LUX Award Ceremony during the EP plenary sitting.

“Cinema is a tool that has never ceased to describe and narrate our complex society, and above all it is one of the most fundamental ways of understanding the reality in which we live.” EP President David Sassoli said in a video address to the Venice film festival audience.

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