The director of the Film Fund Luxembourg, Guy Daleiden, and Claude Waringo, president of the Luxembourg Film Academy (d'Filmakademie) officially launched the 7th edition of the 'Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis'. They pointed out that the Filmpräis is a joint initiative of the public authorities and professional organisations in the cinema sector in the Grand Duchy, the aim of which is to reward the best contributions to the sector and showcase quality works, encourage cinematographic creation, promote the development of the film industry in the Grand Duchy, and draw the public's attention to Luxembourg productions.
The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, 5 March 2016 at the Luxembourg City Grand Théâtre, hosted jointly by the writer, actor and producer Claude Frisoni and the actress Eugénie Anselin.
As at the previous edition, the awards will be decided by the members of the 'Filmakademie' – 430 people active in the audiovisual sector – who will cast their votes online at www.vodfilmprais.lu.
For this 7th edition, 12 short films, 16 co-productions, 4 Luxembourgish feature films, 9 documentaries and 3 animated films will be competing for an award. A short-list of 30 professionals in the audiovisual sector has been drawn up for the 'Best Artistic Contribution' and 'Best Technical Contribution' awards.
Guy Daleiden said he was pleased to see that the 'Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis' 'has become a not-to-be-missed date on the calendar for the film sector' and commended 'the close link with the Luxembourg City Film Festival which, for its 6th edition, had selected three 'made in/with Luxembourg' films for the competition: two documentaries: 'La Supplication' by Pol Cruchten (Red Lion) and 'Eldorado' by Rui Eduardo Abreu, Thierry Besseling and Loïc Tanson (Samsa Film), and one co-production: 'Sunset Song' by Terence Davies (Iris Productions)'.
'In view of the large number of technicians and performers entered for the 'Best Technical Contribution' and the 'Best Artistic Contribution' awards, we decided to have a committee draw up a short-list to make it easier for the people voting; we also did this for the short films category', said Filmakademie president Claude Waringo.
The main partners in this 7th edition of the 'Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis' will be the Post, the Chamber of Commerce, the Luxembourg City Grand Théâtre and the Ministry of Culture.
Audiovisual production in the Grand Duchy is in great form!
In Luxembourg, audiovisual production has evolved from its humble beginnings to a global presence, with its productions and coproductions which are proof of a growing professionalisation in this sector of the Luxembourg economy.
Luxembourg is strongly committed to support its cinematographic production sector and many initiatives have been created in recent years to that end. Thus, the Film Fund Luxembourg helps Luxembourgish (co-)productions in financing their projects, for example. Currently, the audiovisual production sector counts about thirty production companies and employs 600 people. To respond to the demand of this sector, a BTS course in animation drawing is offered by the Lycée Technique des Arts et Métiers.
(Source: press release of Film Fund Luxembourg / editorial team of the www.luxembourg.lu portal)