27 Times Cinema delegates meet MEPs Doris Pack and Silvia Costa

MEPs Doris Pack and Silvia Costa

The 27 young critics from the LUX Prize initiative "27 Times Cinema" spent the morning discussing European identity and the interactions between politics and culture with the President of the Committee on Culture and Education as well as the rapporteur on Creative Europe during a special panel session titled "Do We Want Euro(PE) ?".
The session was moderated by Europa Cinemas’ International Relations administrator Fatima Djoumer and film critic Peter Paul Huth, both of whom are members of the LUX Prize Selection Panel. Drawing from the 27’s questions, they invited Ms Pack and Ms Costa to comment on their efforts as MEPs to promote and protect European Cinema, but also on the definition of European identity, the defense of auteur cinema in an environment favouring the domination of US blockbusters, the issue of national specificities and the importance which should be given to it in a European society trying to embrace its diversity, and the EU’s range of action on the issue of national cuts in the fields of culture and education.
The young delegates, all coming from a different EU country, then used this opportunity to hold a lively debate with the two MEPs. Driven by their new festival experience and the prospect of discovering the three 2012 LUX Prize contenders, they impressed the MEPs and moderators with their sharp comments on political responsibility, citizens’ right to develop their education through arts, and the practical solutions to overcome the numerous threats that the European cultural landscape has to face.
After stressing how much this 27 Times Cinema project had already brought them, the energetic group of future professionals of the European film industry further enjoyed the many features of their 10 days project: meeting journalists, chasing directors for interviews, discovering the many stakeholders behind a movie's run and – of course – watch as many movies as possible.
Read more about their Venetian adventures on Spotify and Facebook.