The European Film Academy (EFA) proudly announces and congratulates the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2017:
by Fatih Akin, Lars Hubrich and Marco Mehlitz (Germany),
MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
by Claude Barras, Céline Sciamma and Max Karli (France) and
THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI
by Alice Schmid (Switzerland, France)
The nominations were chosen by an international committee consisting of IlliaDyadik(Children KinoFest /Ukraine), Michael Habauer(Sächsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienste.V. /Germany), Selma Mehadžić(Zagreb Film Festival/Croatia), Marta Nieto Postigo(DracMàgic/Spain) and Hilde Steenssens(Filemon/Belgium).
On Young Audience Film Day on 7 May, the three nominated films will be screened to audiences of 12 – 14 year-olds in the following 31 countries across Europe, including Kosovo. 100 students from “AbdylFrashëri” school in Prizren will be part of the voting process during the day.
And it is the young audience that will act as a jury and vote for the winner right after the screenings. In a truly European vote, jury speakers will then transmit the national results live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where the winner will be announced in an award ceremony streamed live on yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu, a special website that offers further information about the nominated films and the participating cities.
As a response to the current situation in Europe and a contribution to integration, this year’s sixth edition of the EFA Young Audience Award again specifically includes refugee kids. It is the second time that Berlin participates in the initiative and it is here that the European Film Academy will bring together Berlin pupils and “welcome classes” for refugee children. Together they will watch the nominated films, discuss them with each other, and, as members of the pan-European jury, vote for the winner. This special event is organized in co-operation with YorckKinogruppe.
DokuFest is one of the partners of EFA Young Awards for four years in a row. Part of our collaboration with European Film Academy includes the screening of SHORT MATTERS! programme at the festival as well as the voting for the European Film Awards.