LUX Prize 2014 gets under way with the selection process

Lux Film Prize Panel photo

Not even four months after closing its 2013 edition with the LUX award for Felix Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, the LUX Prize is ready to kick off again for another year.

Last week, the European Parliament in Brussels held the first selection panel meeting for the LUX Prize 2014, with regular members returning to their duties of proposing, watching and selecting titles for the forthcoming Official Selection and Competition, accompanied by some new arrivals.


“We want to focus on certain films that the distributors didn’t touch – some of them are masterpieces, and really important films, and that is what we are here to push,” says new panel member and Hungarian distributor and festival programmer Peter Bognar. The film suggestions – over 30 so far – have a broad geographical spread, even though the bigger industries – such as the Italian, German, British and French ones – tend to accumulate the biggest number of proposals.


This edition’s initial suggestions include films from female directors and first feature films, as well as more than ten co-productions, which can give a good insight into current European cinema. “The LUX prize contributes to diversity, offering people something different, and giving a great opportunity to the films that are not marketed,” says Deputy Head of Unit of Creative Europe Matteo Zacchetti, who sits as an observer. “As a worker for the MEDIA programme, it is great to discuss what is inside the films, their content.”


“The different perspectives of different sides of the industry – producers, distributors, festival programmers, film critics… It is really interesting to see all that in the same place,” says new panel member,  Ivana Ivisic, audiovisual consultant.


The selection panel will be meeting again in April and June – and will unveil the Official Selection at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on 6th July.