The introduction of the LUX Prize is a very important initiative of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament. The LUX Prize was established in 2007 as a commitment of the European Parliament to the European film industry and its creative achievements. Every year, the LUX Prize promotes films that deal with key issues for the European public. Apart from the stories they narrate, these films trigger various questions, regarding the formation of Europe and the way in which European countries deal with the notions of immigration, justice, solidarity, public freedoms and human rights, within (and beyond) their borders.
This year, the selection committee, which consists of film industry experts, selected Bence Fliegauf’s Just the Wind from Hungary, the Italian film Shun Li and the Poet by Andrea Segre, and Tabu by Miguel Gomes, which is a four countries coproduction, for the final phase of the competition.
For the first time, the three films nominated for the LUX Prize will be screened during the same period (from 15/10 to 20/11) simultaneously in the 27 member states of the European Union, giving the opportunity to the viewing audience to vote for the film they prefer. Instructions on how to vote will be given in the projection area. Then, on November 20th, on the premises of the European Parliament, its Members will vote for the winning film, after taking into consideration the people’s vote. The 2012 LUX award will be presented by the President of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, at a special ceremony on November the 21st.