In order to support the European film industry and help the most significant European (co)productions to circulate beyond their national market, the European Parliament LUX Film Prize subtitles the 3 competing films into the 24 official languages of the European Union and screens them in all 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days. The winning film will also be made available for the visually and hearing-impaired, and promoted by the European Parliament.
Evelyne Gebhardt, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Helga Trüpel, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, Martina Dlabajová, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control, Michaela Sojdrova and Bogdan Wenta, Members of the Committee on Culture and Education as well as Doris Pack, LUX Film Prize Coordinator, presented the list of films in competition this year.
- Border/Gräns by Ali Abbassi (Sweden, Danemark)
- Donbass by Sergei Loznitsa (Germany, France, Ukraine, Netherlands, Romania)
- Girl by Lukas Dhont (Belgium, Netherlands)
- Happy as Lazzaro / Lazzaro felice by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany)
- Mug / Twarz by Małgorzata Szumovska (Poland)
- Styx by Wolfgang Fischer (Germany, Austria)
- The Other Side of Everything / Druga strana svega by Mila Turajlić (Serbia, France, Katar)
- The Silence of Others / El silencio de los otros by Almudena Carracedo & Robet Bahar (Spain, USA)
- U_July 22 / Utøya 22.juli by Erik Pope (Norway)
- Woman at War / Kona fer í stríđ: by Benedikt Erlingsson (Iceland, France, Ukraine)
The 2018 selection covers a big variety of themes from immigration, nationalism, populism, war, environment, religion or gender, reflecting the challenges of the European society of today. Many of the films selected were directed by women and first-time filmmakers, from all over Europe.
Three out of these ten films will be selected to take part in the 2018 LUX Film Prize Competition. The three finalists will be announced at the the Giornate degli Autori press conference in Rome at the end of July 2018 and screened and promoted during the Lux Film Days in all 28 EU Member States.
The 2018 LUX Film Prize winner will be awarded on the 14th of November in Strasbourg. The winning film will also be made available for the visually- and hearing-impaired, and promoted by the European Parliament.
SAMI BLOOD by Amanda Kernell wins the Audience Mention 2017
The "Audience Mention" was created in 2015 and allows the public to vote for one of the three Lux Film Prize finalists. Voter Sînziana-Maria Jurau from Romania was randomly selected from among all the participants and invited to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival to announce the Mention.