Selection process

The LUX Selection Panel draws from European film professionals, who select the five nominated films for the LUX Audience Award from an extensive pool of films submitted for the European Film Awards. Each member of the selection panel is able to propose two films to be considered for nomination. 

The LUX Selection Panel met on 28 June 2023 in Brussels and, after thorough discussion, it selected five films for the LUX Audience Award, the names of which were unveiled during the Venice International Film Festival on 1 September 2023 in presence of Members of European Parliament, audience, filmmakers and film professionals.

Eligibility criteria for the 2024 edition

In order to be considered for the LUX Audience Award, films needed to meet the following criteria:


  • To have received an award, or notable attention, at a major festival.
  • To have been sold or to have been theatrically released in at least five EU Member States (or to have had its rights sold in at least one EU Member State in the case of films from the Cannes Film Festival).
  • To have had its first official public screening at a festival or in a cinema or online release between 1 July 2022 and 28 May 2023.


  • Illustrate the diversity of topics at the heart of European debate and be accessible to a wide and diverse European audience.
  • Cover a variety of themes, promoting and encouraging public debate on European daily life and on Europe’s future. Diversity of tone, topics and genre is encouraged.
  • Successfully portray equality, diversity and inclusion through the film’s topics and characters.

Production's geographic origin:
Films need to be produced or co-produced in countries eligible for the CREATIVE EUROPE-MEDIA programme (EU Member States, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine).

Fiction, animation and documentary.

Have a run-time of at least 60 minutes. Films longer than 120 minutes should be avoided as much as possible.