The 2023 LUX Audience Award is underway

The 2023 LUX Audience Award is underway

The 2023 cycle of the LUX Audience Award is currently underway. The previous edition saw Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić emerging as the latest laureate of the pan-European film award, triumphing over the other two finalists, Flee by Jonas Poher Rasmussen and Great Freedom by Sebastian Meise.

The Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament confirmed the members constituting the official Selection Panel for the next edition. As usual, the panel will feature a diverse group of European film professionals — filmmakers, producers, exhibitors, festival directors and programmers, among other profiles — as well as two young cinephiles from the 27 Times Cinema project.

The panel will take on the task of proposing and selecting the titles that will compete for the 2023 LUX Audience Award, following the guidelines established by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy. The number of finalists will increase from three to five films in the 2023 LUX Audience Award, allowing for an even greater representation and circulation of European cinema throughout the Member States of the European Union and beyond.

For this edition, the Selection Panel will be composed of 12 members and three observers. They will meet in Brussels on 27 and 28 September to discuss all potential titles and defend their proposals in front of their peers. Once again,Michael Downey O.B.E., Irish filmmaker, producer and chairman of the European Film Academy, will serve as honorary president of the LUX Audience Award Selection Panel, joined by two panellists from last year: Gaia Furrer, artistic director of Giornate Degli Autori, Italy; and Lenka Tyrpáková, film programmer of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, among others.

As is customary, among the new additions to the panel, we find Jasmila Žbanić, film director and producer from Bosnia, winner of the LUX Audience Award 2022.

The remaining panel is pan-European in its composition, bringing their different perspectives and backgrounds to the table:

  • Joan Sala, Acquisitions Manager & Programmer at Spanish platform Filmin;
  • Margje de Koning, Artistic director of Movies That Matter Film Festival in The Netherlands;
  • Marta Fernandes, exhibitor at Cinema Ideal and distributor at Midas Filmes, Portugal;
  • Paula Bērziņa, exhibitor at Cinema Bize, as well as Head of Industry events at Riga International Film Festival;
  • Priscilla Gessati, Director of Programming at Cinéma L’Entrepôt in Paris; and 
  • Ibtisam Omer, Director of Global Marketing at MUBI, from Sweden.
  • Two members of the 27 Times Cinema 2021 initiative, Lev Slivnik from Slovenia and Yannis Giannetakis from Greece, will serve on the panel, representing younger European audiences.

In addition, Matthijs Wouter Knol, CEO and Director of the European Film Academy, Maria Silvia Gatta, policy officer for audio-visual industry and media programmes at the European Commission; and Fatima Djoumer, head of international relations at Europa Cinemas will join the meetings as observers, together with the LUX Team of the European Parliament.

The list of five nominated films will be unveiled on 10 December, during the European Film Awards in Reykjavík, Iceland. The ceremony will officially launch the LUX Audience Award 2023, enabling audiences across Europe to rate their favourite films among the five nominees.