The following 10 films up for the prize, which recognizes achievements in contemporary European cinema, are: (in alphabetical order):

  • À perdre la raison (Our Children) by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland)
  • Barbara by Christian Petzold (Germany)
  • Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy)
  • Crulic – drumul spre dincolo (Crulic – The Path to Beyond) by Anca Damian (Romania, Poland)
  • Csak a szél (Just the Wind) by Bence Fliegauf (Hungary, Germany, France)
  • Djeca (Children of Sarajevo) by Aida Begic (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, France and Turkey)
  • Io sono Li (Shun Li and the Poet) by Andrea Segre (Italy, France)
  • L'enfant d'en haut (Sister) by Ursula Meier (France, Switzerland)
  • Louise Wimmer by Cyril Mennegun (France)
  • Tabu by Miguel Gomes (Portugal, Germany, France, Brazil)

 

After a second selection, the three films in the 2012 LUX Prize Competition will be unveiled at the Venice Days press conference in Rome on 24 July. The three final candidate films will be screened as special events at the Venice Film Festival (29/08-9/09) and in all the 27 Member States of the European Union from 15 October to 20 November.

21 November 2012 during a sitting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in presence of the film-makers. In addition to providing the distributors with the subtitles of the winning film and versions for the visually and hearing impaired, the LUX Prize will offer an incentive for the film's promotion throughout the European Union.