EFA Young Audience Award 2021

nomination procedure and election of the winner

1.    As an official category of the European Film Awards, the EFA Young Audience Award is presented to the director of a European* film that addresses an audience between 12 and 14 years of age. Eligible candidates must be born in Europe or hold a European* passport.

2.    Eligible  are  full-length  fiction,  animation  or  documentary  films  intended  for  theatrical release  which  must  have  had  their  first  official  screening  (be  it  at  a  festival,  at  a regular cinema or online) between 15 December 2019 and 15 December 2020.

3.    The  criteria  whereby  a  film  qualifies  as  European*  are  based  upon  the  Council  of Europe  Convention  on  Cinematographic  Co-production (CETS  No.  220).  According  to the Convention, a film qualifies as European if it achieves 16 points out of a possible maximum  of  21  from  a  schedule  of  European  elements.  To  give  the  most  flexible definition, the European Film Academy uses a lower minimum of 13 points.

Deadline for the submission of proposals is 15 December 2020

4.    A committee of five experts for young audience films, each from a different  country, pre-selects eight films as candidates.

5.    Based  on  the  candidates,  a  committee  of  five  12-14-year-olds  from  five  different countries decides on three nominations. Once the screening rights for non-commercial jury screenings are cleared in all participating countries, these films are announced as nominated.

6.    The  three  nominated  films  will  be  presented  to  12-14-year-olds  in  closed  screenings across Europe on 25 April 2021.

7.    After the screenings, the young jury members will vote for the winner.

8.    The winner will be announced on the same day during a ceremony in Erfurt/Germany.

9.    The directors of the three nominated films will be invited to Erfurt to attend the ceremony, which will be streamed live on http://yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu

10.    EFA Productions aims to aggregate the non-exclusive transactional video on demand (TVOD) rights of the three nominated films in those territories without VOD distribution in order to make them available on VOD platforms in as many European countries as possible directly after the non-commercial jury screenings on 25 April 2021.

* European in the sense of the European Film Academy, means geographical Europe, both EU and non-EU, and shall include Israeli and Palestinian 

Contact for film submission and further information: submission