The LUX Audience Award returns to the Lido

The LUX Audience Award returns to the Lido

The Venice International Film Festival has always been a recurring destination for the LUX Audience Award and the Members of the European Parliament during their annual festival tour. In addition to being a perfect spot for taking the pulse of the film industry worldwide, the Mostra is also the launching ground for the 27 Times Cinema project. This year marks the 13th anniversary of this initiative, organised by the European Parliament, the Giornate degli Autori (GdA) and the Europa Cinemas network, in collaboration with Cineuropa, which welcomes 27 young film lovers from all EU Member States to the Lido during the festival.

Aged 18 to 25, these young artists constitute the official jury of the parallel section, responsible for granting the GdA Director's Award. Every year, a prominent figure of European cinema serves as jury president. On this occasion, this role was given to the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, LUX Prize finalist in 2014 with Girlhood and director of acclaimed titles such as Petite Maman and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. However, the work and responsibilities of these 27 cinephiles continue well beyond Venice, as they become official ambassadors for the LUX Audience Award in their respective countries, promoting the nominated movies in their social media channels and local theatres during the LUX Film Days.

As part of their activities this year, the young jurors will meet a delegation of the European Parliament in Venice. On the 3rd September, Evelyn Regner, Vice-President of the European Parliament and responsible for the LUX Audience Award will present - together with MEPs Salima Yenbou, Tomasz Frankowski and Ibán García Del Blanco- the European Union policies towards the European cinema and the different cultural programmes at Casa degli Autori. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the 27 Times Cinema ambassadors, who will have the chance to share their concerns and ask questions about the work carried out by the European institutions.

On Sunday 4th September, the LUX team and its partners will host a roundtable with stakeholder in Venice. This event, entitled ‘Quo Vadis, LUX’ —after the 2022 LUX Audience Award winner, Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić—, has two main purposes: on one hand, to celebrate the successful conclusion of the second cycle under the new format -a joint effort by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy- in partnership with the European Commission and Europa Cinemas. On the other hand, to evaluate its impact so far, while gathering valuable feedback from those involved in the award, from distributors to exhibitors, discussing new ways to support and raise the visibility of the project in order to attract new audiences when promoting European cinema.

Moreover, the Members of the European Parliament present in Venice will attend to other activities and professional meetings, aiming at enhancing the relationship between the EP institutions and the European film sector. In the upcoming months, the LUX Audience Award will announce the novelties of its 2023 edition, including the new selection committee. Stay tuned for more updates.