Competitions & Awards
In the competition sections 8+, 13+ and 16+ | Youngsters, LUCAS presents a selection of outstanding international feature films, documentaries, animations, and experimental films. A total of 21 feature-length films and a selection of short films compete for the coveted LUCAS awards.
The feature films have a running time of more than 59 minutes and have not yet been shown in German cinemas. A selection committee travels to festivals and industry meetings to select competition entries for the sections 8+, 13+, and 16+ | Youngsters from the strongest current productions worldwide. It’s not premiere status, but quality that counts!
With its short film competition, LUCAS has earned itself a special reputation in recent years. From the best international submissions of up to 30 minutes running time, a selection committee puts together several competition programs for the 8+ and 13+ sections, all of which are German premieres.
- Best Feature Film (5,000 €) donated by the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen
- Best Short Film (2.000 €)
- Best Feature Film (5.000 €)
- Best Short Film (2.000 €)
- Award for an Outstanding Cinematic Achievement (2.000 €)
Section 16+ | Youngsters
LUCAS Youngsters Award (5.000 €)
- Award of the Stadtteiljury
- ECFA-Award (unendowed)
Audience Award (unendowed)
- MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award (unendowed)
To network LUCAS even better and to strengthen the lively exchange of the program the festival has appointed a selection committee for feature films and one for short films to screen the films and select them for the sections 8+, 13+ and 16+ | Youngsters. In addition to Julia Fleißig, head of LUCAS Film Festival, the commissions are made up of five other proven film experts.
The juries 8+ and 13+ are equally composed of young film fans and industry professionals. They decide on the awarding of five LUCAS prizes in the competitions 8+ and 13+. A jury of young European film enthusiasts reward the LUCAS Youngsters Award to a film in the 16+ | Youngsters section.
An ECFA jury also awards an ECFA Award in the 8+ section, since 2018 Cinema without Borders has awarded a prize to a competition film and the audience award is decided by the festival visitors.
At LUCAS, all screenings are accompanied by film talks, since the intensive exchange with what has been seen and with the filmmakers is at the core of a film festival.
LUCAS welcomes film guests on-site in the cinema and all film screenings are accompanied by film mediators. Due to the pandemic, new discussion formats have also been developed: The festival offers live-online conversations with filmmakers following the screening, and a “Get involved!” project has produced pre-recorded online Q&As between young LUCAS alumni and international filmmakers of nine competition films.
An overview of the currently confirmed guests can be found here.