It’s that time of the year: the 2018 LUX Prize kicks off

Selection Panel 2018

Four months after Amanda Kernell’s beloved Sámi Blood received the 2017 LUX Prize (read the news), the European Parliament is ready once again to highlight the most relevant productions of the film season that is already well under way. The 2018 LUX Prize edition kicks off with a renewed will to make cinema the cultural and social lighthouse of an adrift Europe.

On 19 March, the Coordinators of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education endorsed the 2018 Selection Panel, who will, as usual, have the task of watching, proposing and selecting the films for the award’s forthcoming Official Selection and Competition.

This year's new panellists are Sweden’s Lars Lindström, producer of precisely the latest LUX Prize winner, the aforementioned Sámi Blood, for Nordisk Film, as well as Germany’s Jürgen Biesinger, producer of the European Film Academy and Executive Producer of the EFA Young Audience Award since it began in 2012, Germany’s Nikolaj Nikitin, delegate for Central, Northern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Caucasus at the Berlinale selection committee and rector at SOFA (School of Film Agents), Croatia’s Selma Mehadžić, programmer at the Zagreb Film Festival, UK’s Wendy Ide, film critic for The Times, Screen International, Sight and Sound and The Observer, Denmark’s Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen, managing director and head of distribution at Øst for Paradis Cinema, and Belgium’s Juliette Duret, head of cinema at Brussels’ BOZAR.

Besides them, previous members will prove their commitment to the LUX Prize one more year: Lithuanian distributor Greta Akcijonaite,  Hungary's Peter Bognar, distributor for Cinefil and festival programmer, Romania's Mihai Cristian Chirilov, film critic and artistic director of the Transilvania International Film Festival, Spain's José Luis Cienfuegos, director of the Sevilla European Film Festival, Poland's Jakub Duszynski, distributor for Gutek Film, Italy's Giorgio Gosetti, artistic director of Giornate degli Autori, France's Mathilde Henrot, founder of  Festival Scope, Slovenia's Vanja Kaludjercic, head of the Holland Film Meeting, Greece's Yorgos Krassakopoulos, programmer at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, France's Christophe Leparc, general secretary at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight, Ireland's Susan Newman-Baudais, Eurimages project manager, Czech Republic's Karel Och, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Germany's Iris Praefke, exhibitor at Moviemento Kino Betriebs GmbH and member of Europa Cinemas, and Bulgaria's Mira Staleva, deputy director of Sofia International Film Festival.

As usual, the final selection meeting will be held in Brussels in June, on the European Parliament premises, after months of collaboration. The Official Selection will be announced at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (30 June – 7 July), followed by the unveiling of the final nominees at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori (29 August – 8 September). The awards ceremony will this year be held on 14 November in Strasbourg’s European Parliament.