Peter Bognar is co-founder of HungariANT, an independent community based film distribution 2.0. He is also CEO of Cinefil, a film distribution company on art house cinema. Anxious to find path between film and its audience, his mission is to navigate through the sea of content.
The LUX Prize panel
A 16 person panel drawn from the film world select the films for the LUX Prize competition. The panel includes producers, distributors, cinema operators, festival directors and film critics. The European Commission (CREATIVE EUROPE-MEDIA programme) and the Fund Eurimages of the Council of Europe sit as observers.
The European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education approuve the panel members. Each year, it replaces one-third of the members. A representative of the film which won the previous year's prize is an ex officio member of the panel. Founders members and Observers are not entitled to vote.
Selection Panel - Current members Selection Panel - Former members
PeterHungaryDistributor, Festival ProgrammerMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2014
Jose LuisSpainDirector, Seville European Film FestivalMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Director of the Gijon Internacional Film Festival from 1995 to 2011, he has focused in independent cinema and radical, noncomformist views of European cinema. In the past few years, the festival has paid tribute to directors like Fatih Akin, Tsai Ming-Liang, Aki Kaurismäki, Abbas Kiarostami, Paul Schrader and many others.
He has been a member of a comittee of experts for screenplay analysis for the Institute of Cinematography and Visual Arts of the Ministry of Culture (2006 and 2007), he has organised film analysis courses, been a programmer for entities such as the Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, worked in press offices and founded the Aula de Cine of the University of Oviedo while he was taking a degree in Psychology.
Since 2012, Jose Luis Cienfuegos is the Director of the Seville European Film Festival.
StephanBelgiumDistributor, CinéartMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mr De Potter has been working for more than 15 years in Independant Distribution Companies. He joined Cineart in 1997 as General Manager Benelux and is in charge of acquisitions and theatrical releases in Belgium and The Netherlands.
“The Parliament's support of films representing the diversity and the values of Europe will benefit the whole film community. By the quality and the messages they bring, the Prize will also favour the spread of culture among all the Member states and to the European citizens".
FatimaEuropean UnionInternational relations and events administrator, Europa CinémaMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Ms Djoumer joined Europa Cinéma in 1993 as Head of International Relations. Europa Cinéma supports the circulation of European films outside their country of origin. It works with young audiences to develop their interest in European films. Since 2004, Europa Cinéma has expanded its film theatre network outside Europe, particularly in Asia, South America and the Mediterranean.
"I am happy the European Parliament created the LUX Prize. This is the best political guarantee for the cultural diversity of European cinema across Europe!"
MarionGermanyDirector of the European Film Academy, Producer European Film AwardsMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Ms Döring, a former journalist, has been connected with the European Film Academy since it started in 1988. In 1996 she became the Academy's director. Since 2004, she also acts as producer for the European Film Awards and, since 2006, as managing director of EFA Productions GmbH, the company producing the Awards together with the European Film Academy.
“In a globalizing world, films can play an essential role in helping understand other cultures and mentalities. A camera can get extremely close to a human being, sometimes closer than a human eye and, at the same time, it is able to transmit what it sees to a large audience. Initiatives like the LUX Prize are important measures to bring our films to the attention of the people.”
JakubPolandDistributor, Gutek FilmsMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mr. Duszynski is a film distributor, festival programmer and co-president of Europa Distribution. For the past 11 years, he's been head of acquisitions and the creative director for Gutek Film, Poland's leading art house company. He was also for many years Programme Director of Poland's major film festival New Horizons.
"11 years of experience in film distribution has taught me to value excellent initiatives geared towards the promotion of films and cinema. LUX Prize is one of them and I am really happy to be able to share my enthusiasm for European cinema with EU Parliament members, who are also passionate about cinema."
PerSwedenResponsible for Education and Teaching, Swedish Film InstituteMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Per Ericsson is head of film education at the Swedish Film Institute and has worked as film festival producer, regional film consultant and film critic. He handles a school cinema grant that Swedish municipalities can apply for as well as a grant for the marketing of Swedish short films and documentaries. He works closely with Swedish regional film centers to develop film education and young talent.
”Watching a movie together can provide an excellent starting-point for conversation and reflection about important issues in life. It is often easy to see and understand human behaviour and dilemmas in the fiction film format. The LUX Prize can help us see films that can give us more European perspectives.”
FrancescaFranceProducer of the 2012 LUX Prize winner "Io sono Li"Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2013, 2014
Francesca Feder is a feature films and television producer. She created ÆTERNAM FILMS. Among the most recent films and documentaries produced: "Shun Li and the Poet" by Andrea Segre (2011), "Pauline et François" (2010) by Renaud Fély,"The Ditch" by Wang Bing, "The Green Blood" by Andrea Segre, "My Father, Francis the Belge", and many others.
Paul PeterGermanyEditor and Film Critic at ZDFMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2012, 2013, 2014
One of the best known film critic in Germany, Paul Peter Huth is currently running a film critic programme at 3SAT, cinema channel of the ZDF. Co-writer and co-director for several documentaries on European cinema (Kennwort Kino - Mot de Passe Cinéma), he is the author of some of the most important interviews of European directors.
DirkBelgiumProducer of the 2013 LUX Prize winner "The Broken Circle Breakdown"Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2014
Dirk Impens started his career in 1981 in theatre as a manager of the Internationale Nieuwe Scène - well known for their performance of Dario Fo's Mistero Buffo. Until 1985 the company toured with several productions in Belgium and other European countries.
In 1989, Impens started his own production company called Favourite Films, now Menuet. After his first feature Blueberry Hill (Robbe De Hert) he produced Daens (Stijn Coninx), a Belgian historic epic which became a big hit right after its release. Daens was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 1993. And it wasn't just beginners luck: his next motion picture, Manneken Pis (Frank Van Passel), was selected in 1995 for Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Meanwhile, Impens produced over more than 30 features and several TV series. The most famous series are a.o. Terug Naar Oosterdonk, Kongo & Katarakt, and more recently Code 37 (nominated for the TV Awards in Monte Carlo more than once).
De Helaasheid Der Dingen (an adaptation of Dimitri Verhulst's novel) and The Broken Circle Breakdown, both directed by Felix van Groeningen, were very succesful in respectively 2009 & 2012, and still doing tremendous at home and abroad.
IvanaCroatiaCinema and Audiovisual expertMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2014
Ivana Ivisic is a film industry professional from Croatia.
A graduate of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia, where she studied Italian and English language and literature, Ivana Ivisic began her professional career organising and producing film and music (jazz) festivals in Motovun, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Berlin.
She was the first project manager of the Sarajevo Talent Campus, which trains young film professionals from Southeastern Europe. In 2008 she started developing the Department of Promotion at the newly established Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
Last year, Ivana Ivisic became an independent consultant for the distribution and promotion of films touring the festival circuit.
ChristopheFranceSecretary-General, Directors' Firtnight, Cannes International Film FestivalMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
He had been involved in the festivals organization and selection since 1991. Previously at the Critics’ Week, Mr Leparc has been working for the Directors’ Fortnight since 2008, in search of the new directors. He is also involved in the Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier.
"From my point of view, the LUX Prize combines a double strenght: to stress upon the dynamism of the European cinema and to be able to make its promotion in the whole Europe. But also to increase the Members of the Parliament awareness of the importance of the cinema. It deserves to be developed."
KarelCzech RepublicFilm Critic and Artistic Director of Karlovy Vary Film FestivalMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2012, 2013, 2014
Karel Och (b. 1974 in Czech Republic) studied law and graduated in film theory and history at Prague’s Charles University. Since 2001, he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as programmer and a member of the selection committe. He has programmed KVIFF’s documentary competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston, Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger and Samuel Fuller, among others. In 2010, Och was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary IFF.
JonathanUnited KingdomFilm critic for FilmComment.com, Sight & Sound, Film programmer advisor, AuthorMember of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2013, 2014
Film critic for FilmComment.com, Sight & Sound, Film programmer advisor, Author
MiraBulgariaProgrammer, Sofia International Film Festival (IFF)Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Ms. Staleva started working some 13 years ago with the film Festival and is now deputy director of Sofia IFF. She is also involved in Sofia Meetings and company Art Fest, acting as producer, distributor and exhibitor.
"It's great to have the LUX Prize as a step in encouraging distribution of European films. Providing subtitling in all European languages will help the European masterpieces reach wider audiences. We all share the same symbolic heritage, the same archetypes, the same stories and values --- and cinema communicates these in the best possible way".
MatteoEuropean UnionDeputy Head of Unit "Creative Europe programme – MEDIA"Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in2014
Born in Genoa (Italy) in 1966, Matteo Zacchetti works at the European Commission since 1995.
He is Deputy Head of Unit " MEDIA Programme and media literacy" in DG Education and Culture and he is responsible for the Media Literacy initiative. He spent almost all his professional life in the media or dealing with media related issues both in the private sector (NBC Super Channel ltd.) and at the European Commission where he has been working for more 15 years on different policy aspects of the audio-visual media.
In 2012, he has been Visiting Professor in the School of International Relations of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He holds a degree in Economics of the University of Genoa.