Next 11th November the LUX Prize is bringing a special event to Seville as part of the Seville European Film Festival 2015: it is the simultaneous screening in a network of European cinemas (the SEFF, the festivals at Thessaloniki and Bratislava and Cineuropa in Santiago de Compostela, and also cinemas in Portugal, Paris and Bucharest) of one of the films nominated for the LUX Prize: Mediterranea, by Jonas Carpignano. The film will be preceded by a special presentation and followed by a debate with its director that will be transmitted live from the Bozar Art Centre in Brussels, and in which spectators in all the venues can participate through a Twitter feed with the hashtag #luxprize.
The LUX Prize, presented each year since 2007 by the European Parliament, has two main objectives: to focus attention on public debate about the European Union and its policies and, secondly, to facilitate the circulation of European (co)productions within the Union. Of the ten films selected by a committee of experts summoned by the European parliament, three finalists will be chosen and one of them will be presented with the Award.
In the autumn of 2015, these films will be shown in all the member states during the LUX Film Days, and will be subtitled in the 24 official languages of the EU so that all citizens can see them and discuss the questions dealt with in them, allowing a great number of Europeans to share the diversity and wealth of cinema in the region. The winning film will be chosen by votes by the members of the European Parliament. The LUX Prize will be presented in December 2015 in Strasbourg.
It should be mentioned that committee which has selected these films is made up by twenty well-known producers, cinema operators, festival directors and film critics within Europe. They include such names as Marion Döring, Germany (Director of the European Film Academy), Susan Newman-Baudais, Ireland (Project Manager at Eurimages), Yorgos Krassakopoulos, Greece (Programmer of Thessaloniki Film Festival), Christophe Leparc, France, (Secretary General of the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Festival), Jonathan Romney, British (critic on Sight & Sound), Karel Och, Czech Republic (Artistic Director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival) and the director of the SEFF, José Luis Cienfuegos.
In addition, the Special Mention by the Audience will be chosen by open voting on the LUX website (www.luxprize.eu), and one person, selected from all the participants, will be invited to announce the award in July 2016 at the Karlovy Vary Festival, in the Czech Republic.
Four of the films nominated for the LUX awards are being shown at this edition of the SEFF: they are Mediterranea, Mustang (by Deniz Gamze Ergüven), Rams (by Grímur Hákonarson) and The Measure of a Man (by Stéphane Brizé).