25 Dec 2014

On December 16, during the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, FERA was involved in two events highlighting the importance of film directors and audiovisual authors. 

The LUX Prize seminar featured a discussion on “a vision on Europe through films” moderated by FERA CEO Pauline Durand-Vialle with Céline Sciamma, director of GIRLHOOD, Rok Biček, director of CLASS ENEMY and Piotr Dzieciol, producer of IDA, the three films of the 2014 LUX Prize.

The three finalists films have been travelling across Europe since early October as part of the LUX Film Days. They have been subtitled in the 23 official languages of the European Union, and more than 165 screenings have been arranged in all of the Member States.

In the evening, LUX Prize and SAA co-hosted a dinner-debate with MEPs, in partnership with FERA and FSE, under the patronage of Silvia Costa MEP, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education.

It gave the opportunity for Christophe Andréi, FERA EC member, FERA’s CEO, and FERA members’ representatives such as Directors UK and DACIN SARA, to have timely discussions with MEPs such as Silvia CostaMircea DiaconuLidia GeringerChristian EhlerDietmar KösterLuigi MorganoJulia RedaHelga TrüpelBogdan WentaJulie WardIuliu Winkler and Bogdan Zdrojewski.


The European Parliament is currently preparing to tackle issues crucial to the European audiovisual sector through several reports – on the implementation of the Copyright Directive, on « European film in the digital era », « Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe , « Towards a renewed consensus on the enforcement of intellectual property rights »…

On Dec 17, the 2014 LUX Prize was awarded to Pawel Pawlikowski’s IDA. Fun fact : among the 3 finalists’ directors, at least 2 are involved in FERA member organizations !