The LUX Prize panel

A 21 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. 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
  • Peter
    Hungary
    Distributor, Festival Programmer
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2014, 2015, 2016

    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. 

  • Mihai Cristian Chirilov
    Mihai Cristian
    Romania
    Film Critic, Artistic Director of TIFF
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2015, 2016

    Mihai Cristian Chirilov is a Romanian film critic and artistic director of the Transilvania International Film Festival- TIFF.

  • Jose Luis Cienfuegos
    Jose Luis
    Spain
    Director of the Sevilla European Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    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.

  • Marion Döring
    Marion
    Germany
    Director of the European Film Academy
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    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.”

  • Jakub Duszynski
    Jakub
    Poland
    Distributor, GUTEK Film, Co-President Europa Distribution
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    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."

  • Per Ericsson
    Per
    Sweden
    Responsible for Education and Teaching, Swedish Film Institute, Head of Swedish Film Societies
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    Per Ericsson is the head of the Swedish Federation of Film Societies that organises screenings and film discussions through more than 100 film clubs all over Sweden and oversees the publication of the organisation's own film magazine. He is a former film policy adviser and head of education at the Swedish Film Institute. He has worked as a film festival producer, film consultant and film critic. He is also a board member of ECFA (European Children Film Association). 

     

    "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 the films that can give us more European perspectives.”

  • Charles Gillibert
    Charles
    France
    Producer of “MUSTANG”, LUX FILM PRIZE WINNER
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2016

    Charles Gillibert (born 14 September 1977) is a French film producer, known most notably for Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), and the winner of last year's LUX prize, Mustang (2015). In 1995, Gillibert co-founded the film production company NADA as well as the Kieslowski award. In 2002, NADA merged with the MK2 group and Gillibert launched MK2 Music. Since 2006, Gillibert has produced feature films for MK2 on an international scale. Between 2010 and 2013, he was a member of the MK2 management board. In January 2013, he created CG CINEMA, his own film production company. In 2013, Gillibert collaborated in the creation of the investment company Cinémaphore with Julie Gayet and François Pinault, before being called by Centre National de la Cinématographie to sit at the Commission for reflection on the new French film financing models. 

  • Giorgio Gosetti
    Giorgio
    Italy
    Artistic Director of Venice Days Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    Giorgio Gosetti has been a professional journalist since 1989. He works for the culture and entertainment dept' of the ANSA national news agency. Founder of several cinema daily internet newspapers, he is also the author of  three film monographs (dedicated to Luigi Comencini, Marguerite Duras, Allan Dwan), curator of  anthologies (I colori del nero, Print the Legend, The Other Side of the Wind), and has written a monograph on Alfred Hitchcock and various essays on cinema and directors. In 1979 became head of permanent projects and activity at Biennale Cinema in Venice, a post he occupied up to 1984.He then became Vice-director of the Venice Film Festival from '92 to '96 under the Direction of Gillo Pontecorvo. In 2004 and 2005, he was appointed General Delegate of “Le Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days”, the independent new section of the Mostra di Venezia. Between 1999 and 2004 he was in charge like General Director of the Agency for the Promotion of Italian Cinema (first Italia Cinema, then Filmitalia).
     
    As a festival director, after a long appointment for “Mystfest” (Mystery Film Festival in Cattolica), he became director in 1988.In 1991 he founded NOIR IN FESTIVAL, which currently takes place in Courmayeur. He co-founded and has been General Manager of the Rome Film Festival and Business Street from 2006 to 2008 when he resigned coming back to Venice. Gosetti is now again General Delegate of the Giornate degli Autori - Venice Days at the Mostra di Venezia, where the three films of the LUX Prize are premiered and is the main partner of the initiative " 28 Times Cinema".

  • Mathilde Henrot
    Mathilde
    France
    Founder of Festival Scope
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2016

     

    Born in 1975, with a diploma from HEC Business School, INALCO (B.A. in Chinese), Paris X (B.A in Philosophy) and Paris II (LLM in Literary and Artistic Copyright Law), Mathilde Henrot worked 8 years for MK2 as Director of Sales, also handling acquisitions. In 2010, together with Alessandro Raja, she founded Festival Scope Pro, pro.festivalscope.com, the benchmark online service for film professionals allowing them to watch on demand films from more than 80 of the most prestigious international film festivals. Festival Scope, www.festivalscope.com, launched by the duo in 2016, focuses on festivals' catch up screenings for an audience of film lovers worldwide. She founded also Maharaja Films, production company with a line up including “The Strife of Love in a Dream” directed by Camille Henrot, recipient of the Biennale Silver Lion in 2013 for “Grosse Fatigue”;  "Smugglers' Songs" directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Jean Vigo Prize in 2011, Locarno Official Competition 2011 and as French co-producer: "Alps" directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, Venice Official Competition 2011 - Best Screenplay. Since 2012 she also programs for the Sarajevo Film Festival. 

  • Ivana
    Croatia
    Cinema and Audiovisual expert
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2014, 2015, 2016

    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.

  • Vanja Kaludjercic
    Vanja
    Slovenia
    Festival programmer, Sarajevo Film Festival, Head of Holland Film Meeting
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2016

    Vanja Kaludjercic, a festival programmer and project market manager, started out working at the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia and the Slovenian Cinematheque before organizing several festivals and festival sections in Zagreb like the Human Rights Film Festival, the ZagrebDox Pro workshop, and Animafest Zagreb. After moving to Paris, she was in charge of acquisitions at Coproduction Office from 2008 to 2010. She managed Paris Project for two years behind the Paris Cinema International Film Festival, while from 2012 till 2015 she was part of Les Arcs European Film Festival as Head of Industry. In 2014, with Les Arcs FF team she has established a new project market in the French capital called Paris Coproduction Village. From 2013 to 2015, Vanja worked for HAF – Film and Financing Market in Hong Kong as a matchmaking consultant. She was part of CPH: DOX festival for two years (2014/15), as programming and industry consultant, and subsequently as head of studies for the production workshop CPH: LAB. In 2014 she joined Slovenia-based distribution company Demiurg as head of acquisitions. 

    For the 2016 edition of Cinéma du réel in Paris she was a member of selection committee and head of ParisDOC. Vanja has been programing for Sarajevo Film Festival for the past 9 years, for which she currently works as a short film programmer. In February 2016, Vanja was appointed as Head of Holland Film Meeting, a project market of Netherlands Film Festival. 

  • Yorgos Krassakopoulos
    Yorgos
    Greece
    Programmer Thessaloniki Film Festival, Film Critic
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2015, 2016

    Founding editor at flix.gr film critic for Athens Voice newspaper, Yorgos Krassakopoulos is the programmer for the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Thessaloniki Documentary Film festival since 2011.

  • Paz Lázaro
    Paz
    Germany
    Panorama Programme Manager, Berlin Film Festival, member of the Selection Committee for Competition
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2016

    Panorama Programme Manager for the Berlin Film Festival since 2006 and member of the Selection Committee for Competition since 2007, she is also the delegate for Hispanic films and serves as an Expert for the European Film Academy since 2012.

    She holds a Degree in Spanish Philology, English Philology and Sociology. She has been a member of the Spanish Film Commission (ICAA) for new directors and international coproductions, ICAU in Uruguay and worked as Acquisitions Consultant for The Match Factory. 

    Prior to the curating festival experience, she was engaged in Film Production over the years with feature films such as Nómadas (Spain, 2000), Cosa de brujas (Spain, 2002), Sobre el Arcoiris (Spain, 2003), and the documentary Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons (Germany, 2004).

     

  • Christophe Leparc
    Christophe
    France
    Secretary General of Director's Fortnight , Cannes Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    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."

  • Niombo Lomba
    Niombo
    Germany
    Policy officer for Creative Europe, European Commission
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2016

    Born in Freiburg and a graduate of the University of Augsburg, Niombo Lomba is a policy offer for the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. Prior to her current role, Niombo was Head of Staff of the State Counsellor for Civil Society and Civil Participation for the State Ministry Baden-Württemberg, as well as City Counsellor in Stuttgart. Prior to that, she was a public relations and public affairs consultant and a corporate external affairs manager for Celesio AG, a trading company and service provider for pharmaceuticals.

     

  • Susan Newman-Baudais
    Susan
    Ireland
    Eurimages project manager for 1st and 2nd feature
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2015, 2016

    Eurimages is the Council of Europe’s fund supporting film co-production.  At Eurimages, Susan has special responsibility for projects presented by first and second-time directors.  A business studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she has extensive experience in the UK television sector and has worked as a special effects producer in London and in the post-production sector in France. She joined Eurimages from the European Audiovisual Observatory, where she was a market researcher and analyst specialising in public funding for film as well as coordinator of the European Film Agency Research Network (EFARN). She is the author of numerous studies and reports on various aspects of the European film industry.

  • Karel Och
    Karel
    Och
    Czech Republic
    Film Critic and Artistic Director of Karlovy Vary Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    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.

  • Wallie Pollé
    Wallie
    Netherlands
    Distributor, Cinéart Netherlands
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2016

    Wallie Pollé is the Managing Director at Cinéart Netherlands.

    Wallie has extensive experience in the film industry; prior to his current position, he worked for many years at Filmbedrijf in Amsterdam, he was a film scout at A-film, and worked for 6 years as a film booker at Meteor Film.

  • Iris Praefke
    Iris
    Germany
    Moviemento Kino Betriebs GmbH / Europa Cinemas
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2016

    Iris is cinema exhibitors at Moviemento – a historic cinema in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district. She took over management of the cinema in 2007 and focussed their programming in one direction: Young Audiences and a special programme that have been set up destined for schools -Schulkino Berlin- a catalogue of 70 films put together each year by the exhibitors at Moviemento. The films are classed by age category, and each screening is accompanied by specific pedagogical material. Iris is also very much committed in showing children films in the original version by providing a selection of works in English, French and Spanish. 

  • Film critic, Film programmer advisor, Author
    Jonathan
    United Kingdom
    Film critic for The Guardian, City Limits, Sight and Sound, and The Independent on Sunday
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    Critic and writer for Film Comment, Sight and Sound, The Observer, and lecturer at London College of Communication.

  • Mira Staleva
    Mira
    Bulgaria
    Deputy Director, Sofia International Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

    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".

  • Feo Aladag
    Feo
    Austria
    Writer, director and producer of the 2010 LUX Prize winner Die Fremde
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2011

    Ms Aladag, director and producer of Die Fremde, began her film career as an actress. She acted in numerous films and she also maintained a career as a successful scriptwriter and film director, directing various spots for Amnesty International and writing scripts for the German television series Tatort.

  • Ivo Andrle
    Ivo
    Czech Republic
    Cinema operator in Prague and film distributor via Aerofilms
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007

    Mr Andrle is a cinema operator in Prague and a film distributor via Aerofilms.

  • György Báron
    György
    Hungary
    Film critic
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Mr Baron is President of the Hungarian Film Critics’ Association (Hungarian Fipresci) and professor at the University of Drama and Film (Budapest). He is also author of several books, essays and studies as well as writer-editor of TV documentaries on film topics.

  • Clare Binns
    Clare
    United Kingdom
    Operator
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2008

    Ms Binns is an operator.

  • Marc Bordure
    Marc
    France
    Producer of the 2011 LUX Prize winner Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2012

    Marc Bordure is the executive producer of the 2011 winning LUX Prize film Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro by Robert Guédiguian. He seats in the Selection Panel ex officio.

  • Paulo Branco
    Paulo
    Portugal
    Producer and distributor, Atalanta Filmes. Director, Estoril Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2010

    In the business for some 30 years, Mr Branco has produced more than 200 films with such directors as Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Sharunas Bartas or Michel Piccoli. He has received numerous awards and accolades in festivals and film museums all over the world. Since 2007, he is also the Director of the Estoril Film Festival.

  • Sonora Broka
    Sonora
    Latvia
    Director and programmer, International Centre for Cinema
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2008, 2009

    In 2005, after studying Audiovisual Culture at The Latvian Academy of Culture, Ms Broka joined the team of the Riga International Centre of Cinema and has been working in the Program Department since that time. ICC is the organizer of four cinematic events – Riga International Film festival, Riga Children’s Film Festival “Berimor’s Cinema”, Riga Fantasy Film Festival and Riga Nordic Film Days.

  • Catherine Buresi
    Catherine
    France
    Former Deputy Director of EFM
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Ms Buresi has been working in the media and film industry for almost 20 years. She is also Former Deputy Director of the European Film Market for the Berlinale.
     
    “I always considered cinema as a mind opener and a particularly important media in to-day Europe. Working for a film market, my daily job is to offer a service structure allowing films to sell well and circulate all over Europe. The LUX prize is certainly a most important and adapted support in this field and shows the commitment and concern of the European Parliament towards the film industry.”

  • Emmanuel Courcol
    Emmanuel
    France
    Co-scriptwriter of Welcome
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2010

    Mr Courcol is an actor by training. He has played in some 30 theatre plays and 20 films for cinema and television before turning to script writing. As a scriptwriter, he co-signed with Philippe LioretMademoiselle, L’Echiquier and Welcome.

  • Kirsten Dalgaard
    Kirsten
    Denmark
    Operator and distributor
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Ms Dalgaard has been in the European cinema industry for 25 years working on acquisitions, distribution, marketing, exhibitions and film festivals.

  • Stephan De Potter
    Stephan
    Belgium
    Distributor, Cinéart
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

    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".

  • Michel Demopoulos
    Michel
    Greece
    Special Advisor on Fiction, ERT Public Television
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Mr Demopoulos, a film critic and festival organizer, was director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival from 1991 to 2004. He currently works as a programmer and executive consultant, Fiction, at the public television channel ET1.
     
    “I am happy to be associated with the LUX Prize. This prize is a reward for filmmakers who are contributing to cultural diversity and film creation in Europe.”

  • Fatima Djoumer
    Fatima
    European Union
    International relations and events administrator, Europa Cinéma
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

    LUX Prize selection panel 2015: Founder Member without voting rights
     
    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!"

  • Michal Drobny
    Michal
    Slovakia
    Operator and distributor, Continental Film
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2009

    Mr Drobny is one of the family founders of the film distribution company Continental Film, and is currently General Director. He has been involved in the establishment, creation and programming of the new cinema chain CINEMAX - members of Europa Cinemas chain. As of this year, he is councillor for the new Audiovisual fund in Slovakia as a representative of film distribution and exhibiton.

  • Mercedes Echerer
    Mercedes
    Austria
    Director, Krems European Film Festival (EU XXL Film)
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

    Ms Echerer is an actress and a cinema moderator in television. She was a Member of the European Parliament between 1999-2004.

  • Francesca Feder
    Francesca
    France
    Producer of the 2012 LUX Prize winner "Io sono Li"
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2013, 2014, 2015

    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.

  • Denis Freyd
    Denis
    France
    Producer, Archipel 35 (Le silence de Lorna, winner of the 2008 LUX Prize)
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2009

    Through his company Archipel 35, Mr Freyd produces singular, ambitious feature films by young film-makers or such great seasoned directors as Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Abderrahmane Sissako, etc.

  • Eve Gabereau
    Eve
    United Kingdom
    Co-managing director, Soda Pictures (distribution)
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2009

    Ms Gabereau is the Managing Director of the UK-based independent distribution company Soda Pictures. Founded in 2002, the company now boasts a library of over 100 films, including many award-winning films from around the world. She has a background in film journalism, festivals and new media; she came to cinema through a love of intercultural communication and visual expression.

  • Enrique Gonzalez Kuhn
    Enrique
    Spain
    In charge of acquisitions at the distribution company Alta Films, and cinema operator
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007

    Mr Gonzalez Kuhn is in charge of acquisitions at the distribution company Alta Films, and a cinema operator.

  • Roman Gutek
    Roman
    Poland
    Distributor
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008

    Mr Gutek founded the Warsaw Film Festival in 1985, and directed it until 1992. In the 1990s, he began to get involved in distribution, first with the Film Art Foundation and then with Gutek Film founded in 1994.
    Mr Gutek is a member of the board of The Polish Film Institute and The European Film Academy.

  • Susanne Hoffmann
    Susanne
    Germany
    General secretary, Europa Prize
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

    Ms Hoffmann has worked for international media festivals since 1984. She is director of the PRIX EUROPA and Secretary General of INPUT.

  • Paul Peter Huth
    Paul Peter
    Germany
    Editor and Film Critic at ZDF
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

    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.

  • Dirk
    Belgium
    Producer of the 2013 LUX Prize winner "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2014

    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.

  • Nick James
    Nick
    United Kingdom
    Editor, British Film Institute’s critical magazine Sight & Sound
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2010, 2011, 2012

    Mr James, a former rock musician, has been the editor of Sight & Sound, the British Film Institute’s critical magazine since 1997. He is also the author of Heat, a book on the BFI’s Modern Classics series, and has worked as the presenter of a BBC4 documentary on British Cinema.
    "I think the new government in UK may not be so involved in culture and in Europe in general. So I am demonstrating here (in the premises of the EP) a British interest in the EP and the European culture."

  • Stefan Kitanov
    Stefan
    Bulgaria
    Producer and director, the Sofia International Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008

    As a director and producer he organized the Sofia International Film Festival (since 2001), as well as several smaller film events. The Sofia International Film Festival is the only Bulgarian film festival member of the European Coordination of Film Festivals and is considered as the biggest and most successful film festival in Bulgaria. He is a member of the European Film Academy.
    Kitanov produced several films. He is also involved in distribution.

  • Klaus Maeck
    Klaus
    Germany
    Producer, Auf Der Anderen Seite
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2008

    Mr Maeck is the producer of the 2007 LUX Prize winner, Auf Der Anderen Seite.

  • Radu Mihaileanu
    Radu
    Romania
    Director, Author and Producer
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2012, 2013

    Honorary President of the LUX Prize Selection Panel 2012.
     
    Radu Mihaileanu was born in Bucharest, in 1958, in a Yiddish-speaking Jewish family. In 1980, Radu Mihaileanu fled the country under the control of the dictator Ceaucescu and  reached France where he embarked a career as assistant director to Marco Ferreri, Fernando Trueba and others directors.
    In 1992 he released his first film, Trahir, while in 1998 Train de vie won him international renown: Oscar nominations for best script and best actor, the Fipresci prize at Venice, the People’s Choice Award at Sundance and the David di Donatello for best foreign film. His third feature film, Va, vis et deviens about a Christian, Ethiopian boy pretending to be a Jew in order to immigrate to Israel for survival purposes, was an instant hit worldwide. The film sold 150,000 DVDs in France alone and won over 30 awards such as the César for Best Screenplay, Public Award at the Berlin Festival, Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Copenhagen Festival etc. In 2009, Mihaileanu released his fourth feature film entitled Le concert and last year in the Competition of the festival de Cannes La source des femmes.
     
    In 2008, Mihaileanu was named European Ambassador of Intercultural Dialogue (by the European Commission) and in 2009, European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation.
     
    He's very active at the European political level, working for the promotion and protection of European cinema.

  • Peter Nágel
    Peter
    Slovakia
    Programmer, International Film Festival of Bratislava
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2008

    Mr Nágel is a programmer at the International Film Festival of Bratislava.

  • Roberto Olla
    Roberto
    European Union
    Director, Eurimages Fund, Council of Europe
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Mr Olla has worked for several years on the MEDIA Programme of the European Commission. Since 2008, he has become the director of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages fund.
     
    “I am happy to be invited to take part to the selection of the LUX Prize as an observer and I am glad to the association done between the Fund Eurimages of the Council of Europe and this nice initiative of the European Parliament in favour of Cinema.”

  • Olivier Père
    Olivier
    France
    Director of ARTE Cinema
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2013

    Responsible for programming at the French Cinematheque from 1995 to 2009, Olivier Père had been director of the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine Des Réalisateurs) from 2004 to 2009 and then  appointed director of the Locarno International Film Festival. From January 2013 Unit Director of ARTE France Cinema and Chief Operating Officer of ARTE Cinéma.

  • Rui Pereira
    Rui
    Portugal
    Director of the Indielisboa Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007

    Mr Pereira is the director of the Indilisboa Film Festival.

  • Ewa Puszczyńska
    Ewa
    Poland
    Opus Film, Producer of IDA, LUX Film Prize Winner 2014
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2015

    Ewa Puszczyńska graduated from the English Literature Department of the University of Lodz. Since 1995 she has been working for Opus Film, an independent film production company in Poland; for the last 8 years as a producer and Head of Development, managing the development and execution of their projects.
    She is also the Head of International Department of the company supervising co-productions and foreign sales of the produced movies. In the recent years Ewa has produced films for Opus that have gained international recognition, among them Mr Kuka’s Lessons, Spring 1941, and Zero.
    She is currently producing a Polish-Norwegian film, Kings of the Devil Island and coordinates the development of the latest Ari Folman feature project and an animated movie by the Quay-brothers. In 2007 she was appointed by the Minister of Culture as an expert for the Polish Film Institute.
    She is the producer of Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, the LUX Film Prize Winner 2014.

  • Vida Ramaskiene
    Vida
    Lithuania
    Director of the Kino Pavasaris Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007

    Mrs Ramaskiene is the director of the Kino Pavasaris Film Festival.

  • Georgette Ranucci
    Georgette
    Italy
    Operator and distributor, Lucky Red
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

    Ms. Ranucci started the only bookshop specializing in cinema and theatre in Italy. In 1989, she opened the Alcazar cinema in Rome (a Europa cinemas theatre) and joined the LuckyRed Distribution in 2000. She has organized the Cannes festival in Rome and Milano for the past 15 years, showing the best films of the festival in these two cities.
     
    "One cinema for Europe, one language for cinema"

  • Yvon Thiec
    Yvon
    European Union
    General delegate, Eurocinema
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

    Honorary member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in 2011
    Mr Thiec is the General delegate for EUROCINEMA, an association of television and cinema producers. It defends their interest within the European Union and works with the European institutions to promote European productions.

  • Éva Vezér
    Éva
    Hungary
    Film and Audiovisual expert
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2012, 2013

    Éva Vezér has been working in the film profession for more than thirty years. During her professional carreer she was - among others - programming director of Duna Television, head of MEDIA Desk Hungray and in the past ten years she was managing director of Magyar Filmunió, the international promotion arm of the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary. For 3 years she was President of European Film Promotion, she is member of the Experts’Committee of Europa Cinemas and she is member of the European Film Academy.
     
    "'Europe Loves Cinema' – this is the slogan of the MEDIA  Program. The creation of the LUX Prize is actually a proof that this slogan is taken seriously by the European Parliament. The LUX Prize selection process  focuses the attention of cinema goers to the best European films and talents. Cinema is part of our culture. The nominated films are coming from diverse European countries, so the selection reflects our culural diversity in the field of the seventh art."

  • Nuria Vidal
    Nuria
    Spain
    Film critic
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2008, 2009, 2010

    Ms Vidal is a film critic.

  • Matteo Zacchetti
    Matteo
    European Union
    Creative Europe programme – MEDIA
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2014, 2015

    LUX Film Prize 2015 - Selection Panel: Observer
     
    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. 

  • Eva Zaoralova
    Eva
    Czech Republic
    Film critics and Artistic Consultant, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
    Member of the LUX Prize Selection Panel in
    2011

    Mrs Zaoralova has worked since 1994 with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, becoming its artistic director in 1995 till 2010. Since the early 1960s she has worked with the film magazines and she has published articles and book-length studies on primarily French and Italian film. She is a member of the board of the Czech Film and Television Academy and a member of the European Film Academy.