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LUX Prize Film Screenings

During Parliament Week there will be X number screenings of LUX Prize winning films

What is the Lux Prize?

Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX prize casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of the European public debate. The Parliament believes that the cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. Cinema is popular, attracts different generations and is affordable.

The films selected for the LUX Prize competition help to air different views on some of the main social and political issues of the day and, as such, contribute to building a stronger European identity. They help celebrate the universal reach of European values, illustrate the diversity of European traditions and shed light on the process of European integration.

The LUX Prize is becoming a quality label backing European film productions. Its winning films have become hits within the EU and beyond. It has helped publicise films that might have otherwise been seen and discovered by few and has put the spotlight on urgent issues of the day.

When Parliament created the LUX Prize, it decided to focus on distribution because it believes that this is “the Achilles heel of European cinema”. Unlike the largely unified North American market, the film industry in European countries faces huge organizational and economic difficulties which are worsened by language barriers.

As a result, the LUX Prize winner does not receive a direct grant. The Parliament provides to all the 3 films competing for the final prize the subtitles in the 24 official languages, for them to be screened in all European countries during the LUX FILM DAYS. In addition to that, the final winner of the Prize gets adapted for the visually or hearing impaired in at least the original version. Further tailored promotion is also provided to the winner.