Selection process

Selection process

The LUX Selection Panel is a 21-person panel drawn from the European film industry, which nominates the films for the LUX Audience Award from the vast pool of films submitted for the European Film Awards, with the possibility for panellists to add one film each to be considered for nomination. Spontaneous submissions are not accepted.

The objective of the Selection Panel is to identify five European films that will run for the LUX - the European Audience Film Award (short LUX Audience Award). The role of the members of the Selection Panel is to watch, discuss and vote on the shortlisted films submitted for the European Film Awards.
Given the pandemic and restrictive measures, this year the members of the Selection Panel nominated three films during the LUX Selection Panel meeting, which was organised online by the European Parliament in September 2020. 

The three films were unveiled at the EFA Awards Ceremony on 12 December. 

Eligibility criteria for the 2021 edition

Films to be considered for the LUX Audience Award should meet the following criteria:
1. They are fictions or creative documentaries (may be animated).
2. They have a minimum length of 60 minutes.
3. They result from productions or co-productions eligible under the CREATIVE EUROPE/MEDIA PROGRAMME (European Union countries and Iceland, Albania, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro).
4. They illustrate the universality of European values, diversity of cultures or themes, or raising the debate on building the European project. 
5. To have had its first official public screening at a festival (inclusive online) or in cinemas between 1 June 2019 and 12 September 2020.