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IATE Term of the Week: LUX Prize

July 26, 2019 12:12 pm

The LUX Prize is a prize given to a competing film by the European Parliament. It was introduced in 2007, and its name comes from the Latin word “lux”, which means “light”. The objective of the LUX Prize is thus to illuminate the public debate on European integration and to facilitate the diffusion of European films in the European Union. The trophy and the symbol of the LUX Prize is the Tower of Babel, a symbol of history where linguistic and cultural diversity join forces. Just like cinema and European integration.

The Official Selection

The Selection Panel, composed of 21 members drawn from across the European film industry, decides which ten films will be part of the Official Selection. The films selected are fictions or creative documentaries of a minimum length of 60 minutes and they result from productions or co-productions eligible under the Creative Europe/ MEDIA programme (European Union countries and Iceland, Albania, Norway, Bosnia and Herzegovina  and Montenegro). These films must raise awareness about some of today’s main social and political issues and illustrate the universality of European values and its diversity of cultures. Three out of the ten shortlisted films are selected to be part of the final competition. The European Parliament LUX Film Prize subtitles these three competing films into the 24 official languages of the European Union and screens them in all 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days.

LUX Prize 2019

The 2019 edition kicked off in March and the ten films that make up the Official Selection were unveiled during the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. This year’s highlights in the selection include a total of four female directors, two documentaries, a sensational presence of small countries and a significant number of European co-productions. The three selected films have just been announced, on 23rd July, at the Giornate degli Autori press conference in Rome. The three finalists for the Parliament’s annual film award are Cold Case Hammarskjöld; God Exists, Her Name is Petrunya; and The Realm. They will compete to be the winner of the 2019 LUX Prize and will be screened in the autumn in more than 50 cities all over Europe during the LUX Film Days and at several festivals. The winner will be announced on 27 November in Strasbourg.


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Paula Zapatero Santos, from León (Spain), Trainee in the Spanish Translation Unit of the European Parliament. Paula holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Translation and Interpreting (Universidad de Salamanca) and a Master of Arts in Applied French Language (Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Sorbonne Université).

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