The LUX Prize to unveil its new format in Venice

The European Audience Film Award banner

After 11 years of being one of the regular stops on the annual tour of the LUX Film Prize, the 77th Venice International Film Festival will host the official announcement of the new format of the award, which from now on will become and Audience award presented jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy, in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas.

On 5 September at 11:00, at the Spazio Incontri of the Hotel Excelsior in Venice, the Chair of the Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee, Sabine Verheyen, will unveil the details of the new “LUX - the European Audience Film Award by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy”, including the new timeline and the members of the selection panel, composed of professionals from the European film industry. Verheyen will be joined in Venice by Mike Downey, chairman of the European Film Academy, Claude-Eric Poiroux, general director of Europa Cinemas, and LUX coordinator Doris Pack, with the remote presence of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. The President of the European Parliament, David Maria Sassoli, will also address the audience on this special occasion via video message. The event will be moderated by Domenico La Porta, editor-in-chief at Cineuropa.

Earlier that morning, the Members of the European Parliament will meet the young participants in the 27 Times Cinema project for an informal chat at the Villa Degli Autori. These 27 film lovers, each representing one European country, are attending the Venice Film Festival to serve as the jury of the Giornate degli Autori, and will later become ambassadors for the LUX Prize in their respective countries. The discussion will be moderated by Giorgio Gosetti, General Delegate of the Venice parallel sidebar, and will see the participation of Sabine Verheyen and Doris Pack, with the presence of other MEPs.

Rounding off the day, a public presentation of the award will be held at 18:00 in Isola di Edipo, followed by an informal cocktail with the audience and other professionals.

The event at Hotel Excelsior can be followed live here: