Wolfgang Fischer's Styx (left) and Mila Turajlic’s The Other Side of Everything (right) are two of this year's selected LUX Film Prize finalists.

See the LUX Film Prize finalists in Leeds and Bath

Every year, the European Parliament shines a spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The LUX Film Prize is awarded with the aim of not only illustrating the diversity of European culture and supporting the production and distribution of European films, but to specifically encourage reflection on contemporary political and social issues. 

This year the European Parliament is presenting three films which feature strong female characters facing difficult dilemmas: Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx, Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman at War, and Mila Turajlic’s The Other Side of Everything.

LUX Film Days

The LUX Film Prize contenders have been subtitled in all 24 EU languages and will be screened in more than 50 cities across 28 EU countries during the LUX Film Days between October and December 2018.

In the UK, public screenings will take place at the Film Bath Festival (free to attend) and at the Leeds International Film Festival, where there will also be screenings of Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro and Erik Poppe’s U – July 22, which were both part of the wider LUX Prize Selection.

Additionally, three screenings of the finalists will take place in Brussels between 6 to 8 November followed by live discussions with the directors, which audiences can join through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The award

The 2018 winner of the LUX Film Prize will be voted for by members of the European Parliament and announced on 14 November in Strasbourg. It will be adapted for those with visual and hearing impairments and then receive promotional support during its international release.

You can also vote for your favourite film until 31 January for the chance to win a trip to the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to personally announce the winner of the public vote.

Image: Wolfgang Fischer's Styx (left) and Mila Turajlic’s The Other Side of Everything (right) are two of this year's selected LUX Film Prize finalists.