Le jury de sélection du prix LUX compte des producteurs, des distributeurs, des exploitants de salles de cinéma, des directeurs de festival et des critiques de cinéma, ainsi qu’un représentant d’Eurimages, le fonds culturel du Conseil de l’Europe.
Un représentant du film lauréat de l’année précédente est d’office membre du jury. Un représentant du programme «Europe créative» de la Commission européenne siège également en tant qu’observateur.
Le président honoraire du jury LUX 2020 est M. Mike Downey, président de l’EFA.

Les membres du jury sont nommés chaque année par la commission de la culture et de l’éducation du Parlement européen.

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Mike Downey


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

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2021

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.

Jürgen Biesinger


Producer, European Film Awards

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

After studying German Philology, Philosophy and Sociology in Cologne, Jürgen worked from 1996 to 2000 as assistant theatre director and theatre director. From 2001 to 2005 he joined the team of Berlin based film production company Egoli Tossell Film. Since 2006, he is executive producer of the EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS and since 2008 managing director of Berlin based EFA PRODUCTIONS GmbH, the in-house production company of the European Film Academy. He is also executive producer of the EFA YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD since its launch in 2012.

Peter Bognar


Distributor, Festival Programmer

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

Peter Bognar is co-founder of HungariANT,  an independent community based film distribution 2.0. He is also CEO of Cinefil, a film distribution company on art house cinema. Anxious to find path between film and its audience, his mission is to navigate through the sea of content. 

Mihai Cristian Chirilov


Film Critic, Artistic Director of TIFF

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

Mihai Cristian Chirilov is a Romanian film critic and artistic director of the Transilvania International Film Festival- TIFF.

Ditte Daugbjerg Christensen


Øst for Paradis Cinema, Managing director & Head of distribution

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

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.

Jose Luis Cienfuegos


Director of the Sevilla European Film Festival

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

Director of the Gijon Internacional Film Festival from 1995 to 2011, he has focused in independent cinema and radical, noncomformist views of European cinema. In the past few years, the festival has paid tribute  to directors like Fatih Akin, Tsai Ming-Liang, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Paul Schrader and many others.

He has been a member of a comittee of experts for screenplay analysis for the Institute of Cinematography and Visual Arts of the Ministry of Culture (2006 and 2007), he has organised film analysis courses, been a programmer for entities such as the Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, worked in press offices and founded the Aula de Cine of the University of Oviedo while he was taking a degree in Psychology.

Since 2012, Jose Luis Cienfuegos is the Director of the Seville European Film Festival.

Fatima Djoumer

International relations and events administrator, Europa Cinéma

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

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!".

Juliette Duret


Head of Cinema, BOZAR

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

Juliette Duret has been Head of Cinema for the Centre for Fine Arts Brussels, BOZAR, since 2013. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Duret began to develop her desire to work in cinema. She began by working as a production assistant on adverts and then, after moving to Barcelona, collaborated with Virginie Thevenet on her feature film Sam Suffit. In 1992, Duret took up the position of Coordinator for Wallonie Bruxelles Images, promoting the audio-visual arts and cinema industry of the French-speaking community abroad through facilitation, marketing and promotion at international film festivals and other prominent film and television market events. In 2001, Duret completed a yearlong professional development programme at EAVE, les Entrepreneurs de l’Audiovisuel, before becoming Head of Wallonie Bruxelles Images. After 13 years, Duret moved to BOZAR to take up the position of Coordinator and Film Curator at BOZAR from 2006-2013.

Jakub Duszynski


Distributor, GUTEK Film, Co-President Europa Distribution

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

Mr. Duszynski is a film distributor, festival programmer and co-president of Europa Distribution. For the past 11 years, he's been head of acquisitions and the creative director for Gutek Film, Poland's leading art house company. He was also for many years Programme Director of Poland's major film festival New Horizons.

"11 years of experience in film distribution has taught me to value excellent initiatives geared towards the promotion of films and cinema. LUX Prize is one of them and I am really happy to be able to share my enthusiasm for European cinema with EU Parliament members, who are also passionate about cinema."

Giorgio Gosetti


Artistic Director of Venice Days Film Festival

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

Giorgio Gosetti has been a professional journalist since 1989. He works for the culture and entertainment dept' of the ANSA national news agency. Founder of several cinema daily internet newspapers, he is also the author of  three film monographs (dedicated to Luigi Comencini, Marguerite Duras, Allan Dwan), curator of  anthologies (I colori del nero, Print the Legend, The Other Side of the Wind), and has written a monograph on Alfred Hitchcock and various essays on cinema and directors. In 1979 became head of permanent projects and activity at Biennale Cinema in Venice, a post he occupied up to 1984.He then became Vice-director of the Venice Film Festival from '92 to '96 under the Direction of Gillo Pontecorvo. In 2004 and 2005, he was appointed General Delegate of “Le Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days”, the independent new section of the Mostra di Venezia. Between 1999 and 2004 he was in charge like General Director of the Agency for the Promotion of Italian Cinema (first Italia Cinema, then Filmitalia).

As a festival director, after a long appointment for “Mystfest” (Mystery Film Festival in Cattolica), he became director in 1988.In 1991 he founded NOIR IN FESTIVAL, which currently takes place in Courmayeur. He co-founded and has been General Manager of the Rome Film Festival and Business Street from 2006 to 2008 when he resigned coming back to Venice. Gosetti is now again General Delegate of the Giornate degli Autori - Venice Days at the Mostra di Venezia, where the three films of the LUX Prize are premiered and is the main partner of the initiative " 28 Times Cinema".

Vanessa Henneman


Talent manager/agent

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2021

Vanessa Henneman (Amsterdam, 1968) studied Drama in Guildford and Film and Television Sciences at the London Institute. In The Netherlands she worked for several years as a director and producer. During this period she also studied law at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in 2000, specialized in Entertainment Law.

Vanessa Henneman started her own company Henneman Agency in 2005, which is now one of the leading talent agencies in The Netherlands, representing over 150 prominent actors, writers, directors and composers. Henneman Agency plays a key strategic role in the Dutch entertainment industry. In addition to the standard services as agency, Henneman Agency initiates new TV, film and theatre projects. Together with Joram Lürsen she co-produced the series Judas, based on the best selling book by Astrid Holleeder. The series about Dutch criminal Willem Holleeder aired January 2019 on Videoland.

In 2015 Vanessa Henneman initiated a new company: The European Talent Network (ETN). A strategic alliance between European agencies, sharing a clear vision and strategy to broaden the scope of European talent and to advise and facilitate international producers and casting-directors on talent packaging. ETN strives to be a 'One Stop Shop' for European talent. Talent carefully curated by its partners and associated partners (agencies in the UK, the Balkan, Scandinavia, Germany Belgium, Poland etc). 

Vanessa is a EAVE alumni (2013), an Inside Pictures alumni (2016), a Screen Leaders participant (2019), a board member of the European Film Academy representing the Benelux, was listed as a Future Leader by Screen International in 2016 and is a guest lecturer at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg since 2015.

Mathilde Henrot


Founder of Festival Scope

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

Born in 1975, with a diploma from HEC Business School, INALCO (B.A. in Chinese), Paris X (B.A in Philosophy) and Paris II (LLM in Literary and Artistic Copyright Law), Mathilde Henrot worked 8 years for MK2 as Director of Sales, also handling acquisitions.

In 2010, together with Alessandro Raja, she founded Festival Scope Pro the benchmark online service for film professionals allowing them to watch on demand films from more than 90 of the most prestigious international film festivals. Festival Scope, launched by the duo in 2016, focuses on festivals' catch up screenings for an audience of film lovers worldwide. ArteKino, developed with ARTE since 2016 presents to European audiences emerging and confirmed European talents online and in cinemas.

She founded also Maharaja Films, production company which lineup includes “The Strife of Love in a Dream” directed by Camille Henrot, recipient of the Biennale Silver Lion in 2013 for “Grosse Fatigue”; "Smugglers' Songs" directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Jean Vigo Prize in 2011, Locarno Official Competition 2011; "Alps" directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, Venice Official Competition 2011 -Best Screenplay and “Saturday” directed by Camille Henrot (Palais de Tokyo Carte Blanche October 2017).

Since 2012 she curates the Kinoscope program of the Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Since 2018 she is a member of the Selection Committee of the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland).

Mathias Holtz


Cinema exhibitor and Programming Manager

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2019, 2021

Holtz, cinema exhibitor and Programming Manager at Folkets Hus och Parke (Sweden's biggest cinema operator).

Yorgos Krassakopoulos


Head of Programming Thessaloniki Film Festival, Film Critic

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

Yorgos Krassakopoulos is the Head of Programming for both the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. He was one of the founding editors of the legendary (now defunct) Cinema Magazine, and a founding member of the Athens International Film Festival. Since 1987, he has worked nonstop as a film critic in numerous print and electronic media as well as a programmer. Today in addition to his work at the Thessaloniki Film Festival he is one of the founders of the most popular and influential Greek film website, Flix.gr.

Christophe Leparc


Secretary General of Director's Fortnight , Cannes Film Festival

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

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."

Susan Newman-Baudais


Eurimages. Head of Programme – Co-production

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

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.

Karel Och

Czech Republic

Film Critic and Artistic Director of Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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

Karel Och (b. 1974 in Czech Republic) studied law and graduated in film theory and history at Prague’s Charles University. Since 2001, he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as programmer and a member of the selection committe. He has programmed KVIFF’s documentary competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger and Samuel Fuller, among others. In 2010, Och was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Mira Staleva


Managing Director Sofia IFF

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021

Ms. Staleva started working some 28 years ago with the film festival and is ncurrently managing director of Sofia International Film Festival. She is also involved in Sofia Meetings and company Art Fest, acting as producer, distributor and exhibitor.

Teona Strugar Mitevska

North Macedonia


Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2021

Macedonian born Teona Strugar Mitevska started as a child actor, trained as a painter and graphic designer and studied film at NYU-Tisch School of Arts. She directed her first short, VETA, in 2001, and has been making films ever since: HOW I KILLED A SAINT, 2004; I AM FROM TITOV VELES, 2007; THE WOMAN WHO BRUSHED OFF HER TEARS, 2012; TERESA AND I, 2013; WHEN THE DAY HAD NO NAME, 2017 and most recently, GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA that premiered in competition in Berlin Film Festival 2019, where it was awarded the Ecumenical Prize, as well at the German Guild Film Prize. Until today the film has received more than 40 awards internationally, most notably the 2019 LUX Prize by the European Parliament and was sold for theatrical release to over 40 territories world-wide. In 2018, France’s Ministry of Culture awarded her the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters. She is currently in post-production of her newest film: CONFESSIONS OF A WOMAN IN LOVE while also preparing THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD, a film to be shot in April of 2021. Teona Strugar Mitevska lives between Skopje and Brussels with her son Kaeliok.

Mantė Valiūnaitė


Artistic Director, Vilnius Film Festival

Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2019, 2021

Mantė Valiūnaitė – an Artistic Director at Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris.” She is currently studying PhD at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. She was curating film programme for International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Inconvenient Films” in Lithuania for 3 years. Mante curates and coordinates various projects in NGO “Meno avilys”, which works extensively on cinema heritage and education. In addition, she regularly covers film festivals and writes film reviews to magazine “Kinas” and weekly cultural paper “7 Days of Art”.

Maria Silvia Gatta



Member of the LUX Selection Panel in 2021

European Commission