Countdown to the seventh Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis
by Vitor Pinto
- The ceremony recognising Luxembourgish film talent will be held on 5 March
The seventh edition of the Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis (the Luxembourgish film awards) was officially launched two days ago at a press conference, which brought together Guy Daleiden, CEO of the Film Fund Luxembourg, and Claude Waringo, president of the Filmakademie. The awards will be delivered on 5 March at Luxembourg’s Grand Théâtre, at a ceremony set to be hosted by writer-director-actor Claude Frisoni and actress Eugénie Anselin.
“These awards aim to recognise the best contributions to Luxembourgish cinema by highlighting quality projects, encouraging film creation, facilitating the development of the film industry and drawing the public eye to local productions,” stated Daleiden.
Since its previous edition, in 2014, the “Luxembourgish Oscars” have been organised by the local film fund and by the Filmakademie, which encompasses local film-professional associations. Therefore, about 430 professionals will now be able to go online to choose the winners of the upcoming edition, whose nominees include 12 short films, 16 co-productions, four Luxembourgish features (Baby(a)lone [+see also:
interview: Donato Rotunno
film profile] by Donato Rotunno, Tomorrow After the War [+see also:
film profile] by Christophe Wagner, Les Brigants by Pol Cruchten and Frank Hoffmann, and Mammejong [+see also:
film profile] by Jacques Molitor), nine documentaries and three animated films (read more).
A total of 30 professionals have been shortlisted for the Best Artistic and Technical Contribution Awards – a figure that was initially higher: “We have over 60 technicians and more than 80 actors enrolled, so we opted for a pre-selection, decided on by the association and its members,” explained Waringo.
"The Luxembourgish film prize has become an indispensable meeting place for the sector," concluded Daleiden, who also underlined the role of the Luxembourg City Film Festival – the sixth edition of which is about to kick off (read more) – in promoting local film talent.