Selection process

Selection process

The LUX Selection Panel draws from European film professionals, who select the five nominated films for the LUX Audience Award from an extensive pool of films submitted for the European Film Awards. Each member of the selection panel is able to propose two films to be considered for nomination. 

The LUX Selection Panel met on 27 and 28 September 2022 in Brussels and, after thorough discussion, it selected five films for the LUX Audience Award, the names of which will be unveiled at the European Film Awards Ceremony on 10 December 2022 in Reykjavik.


Eligibility criteria for the 2023 edition

In order to be considered for the LUX Audience Award, films needed to meet the following criteria:


• To have received an award, or notable attention, at a major festival.
• To have been theatrically released in at least five EU Member States (or to have had its rights sold in at least three EU Member States in the case of films from the Cannes and Karlovy Vary film festivals).
• To have had its first official public screening at a festival (including online) or in a cinema or online release between 12 September 2021 and 10 September 2022.


• Illustrate the diversity of topics at the heart of European debate and be accessible to a wide and diverse European audience.
• Cover a variety of themes, promoting and encouraging public debate on European daily life and on Europe’s future. Diversity of tone, topics and genre is encouraged.
• Successfully portray equality, diversity and inclusion through the film’s topics and characters.

Production's geographic origin:

To have been produced or co-produced in countries eligible for the CREATIVE EUROPE-MEDIA programme (EU Member States, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine).


Fiction, animation and documentary.


Have a run-time of at least 60 minutes. Films longer than 120 minutes should be avoided as much as possible.