The LUX Audience Award and the European Parliament are back in Venice

After unveiling the first edition of the newly branded award last year during the Venice International Film Festival (see news), the LUX Audience Award, presented jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy, in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas, is back at the Mostra with a packed programme full of activities that will see the participation of various members of the European Parliament, aiming at promoting the award and strengthening ties within the European film industry.

Starting on 3 September at 16:00, CICAE (International Confederation of Arthouse Cinemas) will host the panel "Strategies for the arthouse industry in the post pandemic era: Recovery through innovation and diversity." Maria-Silvia Gatta, Policy officer, Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes unit at the European Commission, will give the keynote speech on remote, followed by a panel discussion with the presence of Matthijs Wouter Knol, Director of the European Film Academy, Dr. Christian Bräuer, President of the CICAE, Sonya Chung, Deputy Director of the Film Forum from New York and Bruno Zambardino from the Italian Ministry of Culture. The panel will be moderated by film journalist Nick Vivarelli (Variety). MEP Salima Yenbou, member of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, will be in charge of the closing remarks.

On Saturday 4 September at 12:00, at the Villa Degli Autori, MEPs Yenbou will have an informal meeting with the participants of the 27 Times Cinema project. These young cinephiles, coming from all over Europe, make up the Jury of the Giornate degli Autori (Venice’s parallel sidebar), and after their stay at the Lido they will become ambassadors for the LUX Audience Award in their respective countries. The discussion will be introduced by Giorgio Gosetti, General Delegate of the Giornate degli Autori, and moderated by Christian Mangold, Director for Campaigns (DG Communication) of the European Parliament. The discussion will revolve around investing in the next generation of Europeans: focusing on young people, culture, European identity and future of Europe.

Later that day, MEP Smeriglio will give the opening speech at the European Production Club conference: “Coproductions – toward a revolution?”. This hybrid event (accessible on-site & online) will be held at the Spazio Incontri of the Hotel Excelsior, with the participation of Julie-Jeanne Regnault (Secretary General EFAD – European Film Agency Directors), Bero Beyer (CEO Netherlands Film Fund) and Guy Daleiden (Managing Director, Film Fund Luxembourg).

Rounding up the day, at 19:00, the partners of the LUX Audience Award will host a presentation of its first edition for members of the film industry at Isola di Edipo, followed by an informal cocktail. Among the speakers, we find MEP Yenbou, Mike Downey OBE, chairperson of the European Film Academy and of the LUX Selection panel, Maria-Silvia Gatta and Claude-Eric Poiroux, General Director of Europa Cinemas.

Finally, on Monday 6, in association with the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme, La Biennale di Venezia will organise another edition of the European Film Forum, which will gather key industry leaders from all over the world. Under the title “Behind the scenes of the screen industry: for an innovative and resilient industry,” the event will be an opportunity to examine how the audiovisual industry has adapted to the new context and how it is reinventing itself. The panel will be moderated by Marjorie Paillon, with keynote speeches by Roberto Cicutto, President of La Biennale, and Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director of Media Policy of the European Commission (remotely). Panellists include Jan Runge (Cinnovate) and Andrea Occhipinti (Lucky Red) among others, while the closing remarks will be given by MEP Smeriglio.