Three Films Nominated for EFA Young Audience Award 2021

Partners in 38 Countries Participate in Hybrid Event

Even in difficult times like these, with cinemas closed in many countries, the EFA Young Audience Award invites 12-14-year-olds across Europe to join the international jury, watch three nominated films and vote for the winner of the Young Audience Award 2021.

The European Film Academy (EFA) and EFA Productions proudly announce and congratulate the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2021:

PINOCCHIO

DIRECTED BY Matteo Garrone
Italy/France

THE CROSSING
FLUKTEN OVER GRENSEN

DIRECTED BY Johanne Helgeland
Norway

 

WOLFWALKERS

DIRECTED BY Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart
Ireland/Luxembourg

 

The nominations were again chosen in a two-step procedure: An international committee consisting of EFA Board Member Graziella Bildesheim (producer/Italy) and experts Levan Dvali (Taoba International Youth Film Festival/Georgia), Nicola Jones (Goldener Spatz/Germany), Dimitris Spyrou (Olympia Children's Film Festival/Greece) and Annelot Tijs (Eye Film Institute/Netherlands) pre-selected eight films. A jury of 13-to-14-year-old former YAA participants Matteo (Italy), Marta (Croatia), Anissa (UK), Zofia (Poland) and Vasileios (Greece) then watched these eight films and chose the three nominations.

The three nominated films will be screened to juries of 12-14-year-olds in the following 38 countries across Europe and beyond:

 

AUSTRALIA
AUSTRIA
BELGIUM
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA
BULGARIA
CROATIA
CYPRUS
CZECH REPUBLIC
DENMARK
ESTONIA
FRANCE
GEORGIA
GERMANY
GREECE
GREENLAND
HUNGARY
ICELAND
IRELAND
ITALY

KOSOVO
LATVIA
LITHUANIA
LUXEMBOURG
MALTA
MONTENEGRO
NORTH MACEDONIA
NORWAY
POLAND
PORTUGAL
ROMANIA
RUSSIA
SERBIA
SLOVAKIA
SLOVENIA
SPAIN
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
UK

 

In all of these countries, the EFA Young Audience Award offers the young participants the opportunity to discover high-quality European films - in cinema theatres where possible, online where not. Under the guidance of experienced film educators, they get to discuss and exchange their views, and to connect with their peers across Europe, an experience most of them will be making for the first time: Europe stops being a theory and becomes an experience!

And it is the young audience that will act as a jury and vote for the winner who will be announced in an award ceremony on 25 April, hosted again by former YAA jury member Ivana Noa (Belgium).
The ceremony will be streamed live on yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu, a special website that offers further information about the nominated films and the participating cities.
The EFA Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). The local YAA events are organised with the support of the respective national partners (find a full list here).

Berlin, 10 March 2021

NOTE TO EDITORS:Printable film stills are available in the press section here