6th EFA Young Audience Award Includes Record 36 Cities in 31 Countries

Young Juries Across Europe Screen Nominees GOODBYE BERLIN, MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI and THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI

The European Film Academy (EFA) proudly announces and congratulates the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2017: 

GOODBYE BERLIN 
TSCHICK
DIRECTED BY: Fatih Akin 
WRITTEN BY: Lars Hubrich
PRODUCED BY: Marco Mehlitz
fiction, Germany

The trip of a lifetime and a summer Maik and Tschick will never forget.

MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI
MA VIE DE COURGETTE

DIRECTED BY: Claude Barras
WRITTEN BY: Céline Sciamma
PRODUCED BY: Max Karli
animation, Switzerland/France

After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette struggles to find his place in the world.

THE GIRL DOWN LOCH ÄNZI 
DAS MÄDCHEN VOM ÄNZILOCH

WRITTEN, DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY: Alice Schmid
documentary, Switzerland

The pivotal summer for 12-year-old Laura who lives in a beautiful remote area in the Swiss mountains.

The nominations were chosen by an international committee consisting of Illia Dyadik (Children KinoFest /Ukraine), Michael Habauer (Sächsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst e.V. /Germany), Selma Mehadžić (Zagreb Film Festival/Croatia), Marta Nieto Postigo (Drac Màgic/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: 

AUSTRIA: St. Pölten & Vienna
BELGIUM: Brussels
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Sarajevo
BULGARIA: Sofia
CROATIA: Zagreb
CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague
DENMARK: Aalborg
ESTONIA: Tallinn
FINLAND: Helsinki
GERMANY: Berlin & Erfurt
GREECE: Athens

HUNGARY: Budapest
ISRAEL: Tel Aviv 
ITALY: Florence, Rome & Turin
KOSOVO: Prizren
LATVIA: Riga
LITHUANIA: Vilnius
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg
FYR MACEDONIA: Skopje
MALTA:  Valletta
MONTENEGRO: Podgorica
THE NETHERLANDS: Amsterdam

POLAND: Warsaw & Wrocław
PORTUGAL: Lisbon
ROMANIA: Cluj-Napoca
SERBIA: Belgrade
SLOVAKIA: Bratislava
SLOVENIA: Izola
SPAIN: Barcelona 
TURKEY: Istanbul
UK: London

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 organised in co-operation with Yorck Kinogruppe.

The EFA Young Audience Award 2017 is realised with the following partners: 
AUSTRIA – St. Pölten & Vienna: Austrian Film Academy, BELGIUM - Brussels: Filem’On & Bozar, BOSNIA 6 HERZEGOVINA – Sarajevo: Sarajevo Film Festival & Meeting Point cinema, BULGARIA – Sofia: Art Fest, CROATIA – Zagreb: Zagreb Film Festival, CZECH REPUBLIC – Prague: Krutón, DENMARK  - Aalborg:  UCN, Centre for Educational Resources, ESTONIA – Tallinn: NGO Kinobuss, FINLAND – Helsinki: Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, GERMANY – Berlin: Yorck Kinogruppe & Erfurt: German Children’s Media Foundation Golden Sparrow, GREECE – Athens: Hellenic Film Academy, HUNGARY – Budapest: Hungarian National Film Fund, ISRAEL - Tel Aviv:  Tel Aviv Cinematheque,  ITALY – Florence: Niels Stensen Cultural Foundation, Rome: Alice nella città in agreement with Fondazione Cinema per Roma & Turin: National Cinema Museum, KOSOVO – Prizren:  DokuFest, LATVIA – Riga: National Film Centre of Latvia, Lithuania – Vilnius: Lithuanian Film Center, LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg City Film Festival, FYR MACEDONIA – Skopje: Macedonian Film Agency, MALTA – Valletta: Creative Europe Desk Malta, MONTENEGRO – Podgorica: NGO Avvantura Montenegro & Podgorica Film Festival, NETHERLANDS – Amsterdam: EYE Film Museum, POLAND – Warsaw & Wrocław: New Horizons Association, PORTUGAL – Lisbon: Portuguese Academy of Film & ICA, ROMANIA - Cluj-Napoca: EducaTIFF, SERBIA – Belgrade: Free Zone Festival, SLOVAKIA – Bratislava: Boiler NGO, SLOVENIA – Izola: Otok, SPAIN –Barcelona: Filmoteca de Catalunya, TURKEY, Istanbul: Yapimlab, UK – London: BFI.
The EFA Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). The national Young Audience Film Day events are organised with the support of the respective national partners. 

Berlin, 8 March 2017

NOTE TO EDITORS: Printable film stills are available here