Young Juries in 31 European Countries Elect German Film by Fatih Akin

In a truly European vote, 12-14-year-olds in

AUSTRIA: St. Pölten & Vienna
BELGIUM: Brussels
DENMARK: Aalborg
ESTONIA: Tallinn
FINLAND: Helsinki
GERMANY: Berlin & Erfurt
GREECE: Athens
HUNGARY: Budapest
ISRAEL: Tel Aviv
ITALY: Florence, Rome & Turin
KOSOVO: Prizren
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg
MALTA: Valletta
POLAND: Lodz, Warsaw & Wroclaw
ROMANIA: Cluj-Napoca
SERBIA: Novi Sad
SLOVAKIA: Bratislava
SPAIN: Barcelona
TURKEY: Istanbul
UK: London

have elected GOODBYE BERLIN as the winner of the European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2017.

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 included refugee kids. It was the second time that Berlin participated in the initiative and it was here that the European Film Academy brought together Berlin pupils and “welcome classes” for refugee children. Together they watched the nominated films, discussed them with each other, and, as members of the pan-European jury, voted for the winner. This special event was organised in co-operation with Yorck Kinogruppe and supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education. 

 Having watched the three nominated films on today’s Young Audience Film Day, almost 2,000 young cinema-lovers across Europe had the opportunity to discuss the films before electing their favourite. The results were then reported live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where German actress and comedian Gesa Dreckmann moderated the awards ceremony. The ceremony was transmitted online as a live stream and will remain available as VOD. EFA Director Marion Döring presented the award to the films screenwriter Lars Hubrich, producer Marco Mehlitz, and the two main actors Tristan Göbel and Anand Batbileg.

This year’s fifth edition of the EFA Young Audience Award with a record 31 participating countries was realised with the following partners:

AUSTRIA> St. Pölten & Vienna: Austrian Film Academy
BELGIUM> Brussels: Filem’On & Bozar
BOSNIA & 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> Lodz, Warsaw & Wroclaw: 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 European Film Academy Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). Media partner was FRED FM Film Radio.