The LUX Selection panel includes producers, distributors, cinema operators, festival directors and film critics, as well as a representative from Eurimages, the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe.

A representative of the winning film from the previous year becomes an ex officio member of the panel. A representative of the European Commission/Creative Europe programme sits as observer.

The Honorary President chairing the 2021 LUX Selection panel is Mr Mike Downey, Chairman of the EFA.

The European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education endorses the panel members each year. 

Find out more about the selection process.

Mike Downey

Mike Downey

Ireland

Honorary President of the LUX European Audience Film Award, Chairman of the European Film Academy

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2021, 2022

Mike Downey is an Irish film producer and activist who founded the Dublin and London-based independent production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) in 2000 as part of an IPO on the Frankfurt DAX and to date has production credits nigh on 100 feature films.

In his relatively short career as a film producer he has worked with the likes of Peter Greenaway, Agnieszka Holland, Julien Temple, Pawel Pawlikowski, Andrzej Jakimowski, Juraj Jakubisko, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Michel Franco and Stephen Daldry, as well as a multitude of other directors the length and breadth of Europe, South America, Africa and India.

His recent work as a film maker has seen projects developed with novelists  of the legendary ilk of the great James Ellroy, the late Gunter Grass, and Thomas (Schindler’s List) Keneally; Colm Toibin, IDA scribe Rebecca Lenckiewicz, VICE Group founder and CEO Shane Smith, as well as such diverse directors as Volker Schloendorff, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Julien Temple.

In addition to his multiple box office successes, Mike’s productions have received over 250 awards from most major film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, San Sebastian, Tokyo, and many many more.

Mike has been a board member of the European Film Academy for almost 20 years and is just completing his first year as Chairman alongside president Wim Wenders - the six previous years he was deputy chairman. In 2006 he was voted on to the Council of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and in 2008 he was elected to the BAFTA Film Committee. Mike is also a trustee of the White Ribbon Alliance, a major global organisation aimed at reducing levels of mortality in childbirth in the developing world. He has served on over 20 international juries at film festivals worldwide including the Sarajevo Film festival, Festival do Rio de Janeiro, Cottbus International Film Festival, Warsaw IFF, Istanbul FF, Montreal IFF, Motovun FF, Sofia IFF, Transylvania IFF, Krakow IFF, and Zagreb IFF where in 2009 a retrospective of his work at Film and Music Entertainment was held. In 2014 he was named Producer of the Decade at the FLIFF, joining the two previous incumbents Ed Pressman and Robert Evans. A Tribute was also held to his work as a producer at the 2015 Prague Film Festival.

In 2020 his original alma mater, Warwick University announced he will be the recipient of a Doctorate honoris causa, D.Litt. for his life work and contribution to European theatre and cinema.

He divides his time between wherever he is shooting his latest movie and Notting Hill, Dublin and Istria.

Bo ALFARO DECRETON

Bo ALFARO DECRETON

Belgium

27 TIMES CINEMA

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Bo Alfaro Decreton (º1995 - Sóller, Spain) holds a Master of Comparative Modern Literature. She is a member of the programming committee of Film Fest Ghent since 2019 and this year she has also collaborated with the Altàntida Mallorca Film Fest as a coordinator. During the 77th Biennale Cinema, she was a jury member for the Giornate degli Autori and the Belgian ambassador for the 27 Times Cinema Initiative. She is also an ethics teacher, has collaborated in several international theatre projects and regularly writes about film for several Belgian platforms.

Diego APARICIO

Diego APARICIO

Cyprus

27 TIMES CINEMA - CYPRUS

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Diego Armando Aparicio (b. 1993) is the founder and artistic director of Queer Wave: the Cyprus LGBTIQ+ film festival. The festival aims to create a space for LGBTIQ+ films and artists, and to help diversify the local cinema culture. Queer Wave had its inaugural edition online in August 2020, with a purely physical second edition delivered over 10 days in September 2021.

Diego is an alumnus of the ICO’s Developing Your Film Festival, an intensive course  taught by some of the world’s leading festival professionals. In 2019 he was head of partnerships for the 10th edition of the Watersprite short film festival. He served as an official jury member for Giornate degli Autori at the Venice International Film Festival in 2018, and has assisted the Giornate as pre-selector in their past three editions.

Since September 2019, he has earned credits as production assistant on four international co-productions, working with Cyprus-based AMP Filmworks: Sous Le Ciel d’Alice (Cannes Critics’ Week 2020); Patchwork (Karlovy Vary 2021); Tel Aviv - Beirut (post-production); and Embryo Larva Butterfly (post-production).

For his work on Queer Wave, Diego was one of 20 finalists worldwide shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards, amongst 1,000 nominees from 43 countries. He is one of the 13 members on this year’s selection committee for the LUX Audience Award, presented jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy.

An Imperial College London alumnus, Diego shifted from a career in physics to pursue his love for cinema. He has a strong professional interest in both film festivals and filmmaking.

Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen

Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen

Denmark

Øst for Paradis Cinema, Managing director & Head of distribution

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen inherited her great love for film and cinema from her father. She grew up in her father’s cinemas watching films and finding small, lost treasures under the seats, as she was far too young to watch. Family trips were often to film festivals in Europe, from Goteborg to Cannes, as film import and distribution became a larger part of her father’s company. As a school girl, and also later during her studies of architecture, she worked in a cinema, selling tickets and coffee and occasionally designing posters for films in distribution. She also took a yearlong sabbatical, coordinating a national film festival of French films while working in the cinema administration. Christensen returned to finish university, but after working for several years as an architect, she finally decided to join her sister, taking over their father’s arthouse cinema and distribution company, Øst for Paradis, where she has been Co-Director and Head of Distribution since 2010.

Her skills as an architect still come in handy, as she has also been in charge of a large remodeling of the cinema and its expansion into a 7-screen theatre; the largest arthouse cinema in Denmark.

Ana DAVID

Ana DAVID

Germany,Portugal

Curator at Batalha Film Centre and Advisory board member at Berlinale Panorama

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Ana David is a film programmer based between Porto and Berlin, recently appointed curator for a new public institution - Batalha Film Centre, to open in 2022 in Porto. She is also member of the advisory board at Berlinale Panorama since 2018. Previous programming positions include IndieLisboa, the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, and the Queer Lisboa International Film Festival, the latter as co-director. In the past she has also held positions at Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency, Lisbon Docs – International Financing and Co-production Forum, and Festival Scope.

Gaia FURRER

Gaia FURRER

Italy

Artistic Director of Giornate Degli Autori

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Born in 1975 she graduated in Cinema History at the University La Sapienza in Rome. She collaborated with Film Italia, the public agency in charge of promoting Italian cinema abroad, curating national and international projects. She produced a few shorts and a feature film. She programmed and was consultant for a few film festivals. Since 2004 she has worked as Head of Programming at the Noir in Festival. After working at Giornate degli Autori (GDA) as a programmer and Head of programming since the very first edition, in 2020 she was appointed as the new artistic director of GDA.

Jonas HOLMBERG

Jonas HOLMBERG

Sweden

Artistic director at Göteborg IFF

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Since 2014, Jonas Holmberg is the Artistic Director of Göteborg Film Festival. Göteborg Film Festival is the leading film festival in Scandinavia and the home of streaming service Draken Film and industry hub Nordic Film Market. With a background in film criticism, he founded film magazine FLM in 2007 and is a regular film writer for newspaper Expressen.

Christophe Leparc

Christophe Leparc

France

Secretary General of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Director's Fortnight) at Cannes Film Festival, and Director of Cinemed, the Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier (France)

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

He had been involved in the festivals organization and selection since 1991. Previously at the Critics’ Week, Mr Leparc has been working for the Directors’ Fortnight since 2008, in search of the new directors. He is also the director of Cinemed, Mediterranean film festival of Montpellier.

"From my point of view, the LUX Prize combines a double strenght: to stress upon the dynamism of the European cinema and to be able to make its promotion  in the whole Europe. But also to increase the Members of the Parliament awareness of the importance of the cinema. It deserves to be developed."

Alexander NANAU

Alexander NANAU

Germany,Romania

LUX AUDIENCE AWARD Winner 2021, Producer/ Film director

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Born in 1979, Alexander Nanau is an Academy Award® nominated, German-Romanian filmmaker.

His documentary film, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO ION B. (2009) premiered in Nyon at Visions du Réel and was awarded an International Emmy Award in 2010. His feature documentary film TOTO AND HIS SISTERS (2014) premiered at the San Sebastian IFF and was a European Academy Award nominee 2015. Alexander served as Director of Photography for the French/German documentary NOTHINGWOOD (Sonia Kronlund) that was shot in Afghanistan and premiered in Cannes as part of La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 2017.

His latest feature length documentary COLLECTIVE (2019) premiered at the Venice IFF as part of the Official Selection - Out of Competition. It was also screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and in the Spotlight section of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Collective was named world wide on all important top 10 lists of 2020 and became the first Romanian film to ever be nominated for an OSCAR®.  It has won among many other awards the European Film Award for Best Documentary in 2020 and was also nominated for a BAFTA award in 2021. It became the second documentary in the history of the OSCARS to receive two nominations when it ran in the Best International Feature category as Romania’s Oscar entry and the Best Documentary category. 

The film has also won the LUX prize of the European Parliament in 2021. The award  is voted on by European Citizens and European Parliamentary Members.

Alexander is teaching and mentoring in several intl. Film Universities and Filmlabs.

Susan Newman-Baudais

Susan Newman-Baudais

Ireland

Eurimages – Council of Europe, Head of Programme: Co-production EURIMAGES/ Ireland

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Eurimages is the Council of Europe’s fund supporting film co-production.  As Head of Programme for Co-production, Susan is responsible for coordinating the Fund’s main support scheme. A business studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she has extensive experience in the UK television sector and has worked as a special effects producer in London and in the post-production sector in France. She joined Eurimages from the European Audiovisual Observatory, where she was a market researcher and analyst specialising in public funding for film as well as coordinator of the European Film Agency Research Network (EFARN). She is the author of numerous studies and reports on various aspects of the European film industry.

Alessandro RAJA

Alessandro RAJA

France,Italy

Founder of Festival Scope (Europe/ Italy/France)

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Alessandro Raja is a Paris-based film professional and founder of Festival Scope, launched in 2010.

After completing a degree in Business studies at the Bocconi University in Milan, he went on to work within various segments of the film industry, ranging from international sales and acquisitions - CELLULOID DREAMS (Paris, 2005-2009), THE COPRODUCTION OFFICE (Paris, 2004), distribution - ARTIFICIAL EYE (London, 2000-2003) to exhibition - THE EVERYMAN (London, 1999-2000). Since 2012, he also acts as a programmer for the SARAJEVO Film Festival.

Eva SANGIORGI

Eva SANGIORGI

Austria

Artistic Director of Viennale Film Festival

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Eva Sangiorgi is a writer and programmer based in Vienna.

She collaborated with different festivals in Latin America and founded FICUNAM in Mexico City, festival she headed until 2018. She also worked in film distribution, production, and television broadcast. In Mexico she launched and coordinated some publications on contemporary cinema for the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM and she has maintained interest in that field.

She is currently the artistic director of the Viennale, the Vienna International Film Festival.

Lenka TYRPAKOVA

Lenka TYRPAKOVA

Czech Republic

Film Programmer of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2022

Lenka Tyrpáková, born in Prague. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts at Charles University after studying Russian and Ukrainian languages. Afterwards she studied Russian and East European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2005 she joined the team of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and has been working in the Program Department since that time; she is a member of the selection committee and a programmer in charge of the East of the West Competition focused on debut and second films from Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, Greece and the Middle East. At KVIFF she is also involved in the selection of the projects for the industry platform Eastern Promises. Since 2008 she also works as a programmer for the Prague Short Film Festival, and cooperates with several other festivals. She cooperates as well with MIDPOINT Institute as a scout.

Fatima Djoumer

Fatima Djoumer

Observer

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2021, 2022

Head of International Relations, Europa Cinemas

Fatima Djoumer joined Europa Cinemas in 1993 as Head of International Relations & Events organizing among others the Network Conferences, Audience Developments and Innovation Labs, the Europa Cinemas Labels... Europa Cinemas supports the circulation of European films outside their country of origin and audience development activities, especially those targeted at young audiences to raise their interest in European films. The Network counts 1216 member cinemas (3131 screens) in 738 cities of 43 countries.

 "The newly branded LUX Award will be able to involve and reach more audiences in Europe, also thanks to Europa Cinemas theatres all over our continent. We are very proud to be partners of the European Parliament since the creation of LUX!".

Maria Silvia Gatta

Maria Silvia Gatta

Italy

Observer

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2021, 2022

European Commission, Creative Europe - DG CNECT