Lux Prize

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European Parliament LUX Prize
Lux Prize logo.png
2007 logo. The trophy is inspired by-, and the underlying concept of the award is the Tower of Babel.
Awarded forExcellence in illustrating the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture
CountryCountries eligible for the European Commission Media Programme
Presented byEuropean Parliament
First awarded2007

The European Parliament LUX Prize is a prize given to a competing film by the European Parliament. Introduced in 2007, it is named after the unit of illuminance, "lux", which is Latin for "light". The objective of the LUX Prize is to illuminate the public debate on European integration and to facilitate the diffusion of European films in the European Union.

Selection criteria[edit]

Films to be selected have to meet following criteria:

  • Fiction or documentary films (may be animated)
  • Minimum length of 60 minutes
  • Produced or co-produced in a European Union country or in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland
  • Illustrates the universality of European values and the diversity of European culture, bringing insights into the debate on the process of building Europe
  • Released for the first time between May 1 of the previous year and June 1 of the current year.

Selection panel[edit]

For the first edition of the prize, three films were shortlisted by a 17-member panel composed mainly of people working in the cinematic professions who were appointed by the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee. Each film is shown nine times within the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in a 90-seat cinema room specially conceived and built for this purpose.

Panel members were:

  • Mr György BÁRON


Producer and distributor, Atalanta Filmes. Director, Estoril Film Festival

  • Mrs Marion DORING

Deputy Director, European Film Academy

  • Mrs Kirsten Lykke DALGAARD

Exhibitor and distributor. Co-president, Natfilm International Film Festival.

  • Mr Stephan DE POTTER

Distributor, Cinéart-Cinélibre

  • Mr Michel DEMOPOULOS

Special advisor, ERT

  • Mrs Fatima DJOUMER

Administrator, Europa Cinema

  • Mr Jakub DUSZYNSKI

Distributor, Gutek Film

  • Mrs Mercedes ECHERER

Director, Krems European Film Festival (EU XXL Film), and former Member of the European Parliament

  • Mr Emmanuel COURCOL

Co-scriptwriter of Welcome

  • Mrs Catherine BURESI

Deputy Director, Berlinale's European Film Market

  • Mr Nick JAMES

Editor, British Film Institute’s critical magazine Sight & Sound

  • Mrs Susanne HOFFMANN

Secretary-General, Prix Europa

  • Mrs Georgette RANUCCI

Exhibitor and distributor, Lucky Red

  • Mrs Mira STALEVA

Programmer, Sofia International Film Festival

  • Mr Yvon THIEC

Delegate-General, Eurocinema

  • Mrs Nuria VIDAL


  • European Commission
  • Council of Europe (Eurimages)

The jury[edit]

Only the 754 Members of the European Parliament, who have seen all three films during the screenings or extra muros, are entitled to vote. Voting takes place electronically via the intranet site at the Parliament. The film which gains the highest number of votes is the winner.

The producers of the ten shortlisted films are required to provide digital copies in the form of DVDs, Vimeo link, or OpenDCP for the members of the European Parliament. In 2015, the shortlisted Son of Saul was disqualified when the production team refused to provide this fearing from these copies being pirated.[1]

The prize[edit]

The LUX Prize consists of assistance in kind in the form of subtitling and video-to-film transfer (kinescopage) of the winning film in the 23 official EU languages (including the film's original language, for the deaf and hard of hearing).

In the case that the winning film has already been sold for projection in cinemas in some countries and subtitled for the purpose, the nature of the prize (e.g. assistance with production of the DVD) will be determined by agreement between the European Parliament and the film's appointed representatives.

The trophy forming the LUX Prize's visual identity is created by the Belgian artist Jocelyne Coster and inspired by a representation of the Tower of Babel, the symbol also used by the European Parliament to indicate multilingualism and cultural diversity united in a single place and with a single goal. The trophy is presented in the plenary in Strasbourg, France to the laureate by the Parliament President in front of the MEPs, and representatives from the other films in competition.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year English title Original title Director Nationality of Director
(at time of film's release)
2007 The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite Fatih Akın  Germany
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Cristian Mungiu  Romania
Belle Toujours Manoel de Oliveira  Portugal
2008 Lorna's Silence Le Silence de Lorna Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne  Belgium
Delta Kornél Mundruczó  Hungary
Citizen Havel Občan Havel Miroslav Janek and Pavel Koutecký  Czech Republic
2009 Welcome Philippe Lioret  France
Eastern Plays Източни пиеси Kamen Kalev  Bulgaria
Storm Sturm Hans-Christian Schmid  Germany
2010 When We Leave Die Fremde Feo Aladag  Austria [2]
Akadimia Platonos Filippos Tsitos  Greece
Illégal Olivier Masset-Depasse  Belgium [3]
2011 The Snows of Kilimanjaro Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro Robert Guédiguian  France
Attenberg Athina Rachel Tsangari  Greece
Play Ruben Östlund  Sweden
2012 Shun Li and the Poet Io sono Li Andrea Segre  Italy
Just the Wind Csak a szél Benedek Fliegauf  Hungary
Tabu Miguel Gomes  Portugal
2013 The Broken Circle Breakdown Felix Van Groeningen  Belgium
Miele Valeria Golino  Italy
The Selfish Giant Clio Barnard  United Kingdom
2014 Ida Paweł Pawlikowski  Poland
Class Enemy Razredni sovražnik Rok Biček  Slovenia
Girlhood Bande de filles Céline Sciamma  France
2015 Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven  Turkey
Mediterranea Jonas Carpignano  Italy
The Lesson Urok Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov [fr; bg]  Bulgaria
2016 Toni Erdmann Maren Ade  Germany [4]
As I Open My Eyes À Peine J'Ouvre Les Yeux Leyla Bouzid  Tunisia
My Life as a Courgette Ma Vie de Courgette Claude Barras   Switzerland
2017 Sami Blood Sameblod Amanda Kernell  Sweden[5]
BPM (Beats per Minute) 120 battements par minute Robin Campillo  France
Western Valeska Grisebach  Germany
2018 Woman at War Kona fer í stríð Benedikt Erlingsson  Iceland
The Other Side of Everything Druga strana svega Mila Turajlić  Serbia
Styx Styx Wolfgang Fischer  Austria

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Varga Ferenc (July 24, 2015). "Deutsch Tamás sem nézheti meg laptopon a Saul fiát". Origo.
  2. ^ European Parliament - News - Parliament's 2010 LUX Cinema Prize goes to "Die Fremde" Archived 2010-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ European Parliament - News - 2010 LUX Prize finalists Archived 2015-02-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ European Parliament - News - “Toni Erdmann” - winner of the 10th LUX Film Prize
  5. ^ European Parliament - News - The LUX Prize goes to Sámi Blood