YAA - The Award


Young Juries in 34 Countries Elect FIGHT GIRL by Johan Timmers
In a truly European vote, 12-14-year-olds in 55 cities across Europe and beyond have elected FIGHT GIRL as the winner of the EFA Young Audience Award 2019.

Having watched the three nominated films, 2,800 young cinema-lovers across Europe had the opportunity to discuss the films before electing their favourite. The results were then reported via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where former YAA juror Ivana Noa from Belgium moderated the award ceremony. Transmitted online as a live stream, the ceremony will remain available as VOD on our website yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu

 Next year's EFA Young Audience Award will take place on Sunday, 26 April 2020!

What is the EFA Young Audience Award?

As an official category of the European Film Awards, the EFA YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD presents three European films to 12-14-year-old audiences across Europe.

They watch the nominated films and act as a jury, voting for the winner right after the screenings. In a truly European vote, jury speakers then transmit the national results live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where the winner is announced in an award ceremony streamed live on this website.

Where can I watch the YAA films?

A lot of the YAA films are available online via VOD ...

With the support of Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union, we will bring the EFA Young Audience Award films out Europe-wide on Video-on-Demand (T-VoD) platforms, like iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft and Pantaflix, on the regional Balkan-platform Cinesquare, as well as on local platforms like Filmin!

Those who could not participate in the EFA Young Audience Award event will have the possibility to watch the nominated films online and this website will soon include the information where - for this year's nominees, but also for the films of the last three editions

What is the European Film Academy?

The European Film Academy (in short: EFA) was founded in 1988 under the Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, its first president. Today it unites more than 3,500 filmmakers – directors, producers, actors and actresses, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, production designers and other film professionals – from across Europe.
Every year, the EFA presents the European Film Awards which celebrate the best in European cinema.

Who Chose the Nominations?

It's a two-step procedure ...

An international committee consisting of EFA Board Member Vanessa Henneman (Netherlands) and experts Fabia Bettini (Alice nella Città/Italy), Keld Mathiesen (UCN - University College of Northern Denmark), Rajko Petrovic (Five Stars Film Distribution/Serbia) and Lina Užkuraityte (International Vilnius Film Festival for Children and Youth/Lithuania) pre-selected six films. A jury of 13-to-14-year-old former YAA participants Jesse (London/UK), Konstantin (Chemnitz/Germany), Maria (Lisbon/Portugal), Friederike (Luxembourg) and Milica (Podgorica/Montenegro) then watched these six films and chose the three nominations.

Who Votes for the Winner?

The young audiences participating in the Young Audience Film Day screenings act as a jury and vote for the winner right after the screenings. The winner is then announced on the same day in Erfurt (Germany) and receives the European Film Awards statuette.

The participating cities in 2019 are: 

AUSTRIA: St. Pölten & Vienna
BELGIUM: Brussels
DENMARK: Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen & Stege
ESTONIA: Tallinn
FRANCE: Bourg Saint Maurice – Les Arcs
GERMANY: Berlin, Chemnitz & Erfurt
HUNGARY: Budapest
ICELAND: Reykjavik
IRELAND: Dublin & Galway
ITALY: Florence, Rome & Turin
KOSOVO: Prizren
LITHUANIA: Vilnius & Kaunas
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg
MALTA: Valletta
MONTENEGRO: Podgorica & Nikšic
POLAND: Gdynia, Poznan, Warsaw & Wroclaw
ROMANIA: Cluj-Napoca
SERBIA: Gornji Milanovac
SLOVAKIA: Bratislava
SPAIN: A Coruña, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville & Valencia
SWITZERLAND: Bellinzona & Zurich
TURKEY: Istanbul
UK: Lewes, London & Sheffield

 Where Does the Statuette Come From?

The awards statuette is a silver statuette of a woman in a star-covered dress. It comes from London where the British jeweller and designer Theo Fennell each year produces the statuettes for all winners. The statuette is 26 cm tall and weighs 2 kilograms.

Who Are The Partners?

The EFA Young Audience Award 2019 is realised with the following partners: 

AUSTRALIA: Asia Pacific Screen Awards
AUSTRIA: Austrian Film Academy
BELGIUM: Filem’On & Le Palace
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Sarajevo Film Festival & Meeting Point cinema
BULGARIA: Sofia Art Fest
CROATIA: Zagreb Film Festival
CZECH REPUBLIC: Krutón, z.s.
DENMARK: UCN, Centre for Educational Resources (Aalborg), DaBUF - The Association of Danish Filmclubs for Children & Youth (Aarhus, Copenhagen & Stege)
FRANCE: Les Arcs European Film Festival
GERMANY: European Film Academy (Berlin), Intl. Film Festival Schlingel (Chemnitz), German Children’s Media Foundation Golden Sparrow (Erfurt)
HUNGARY: Hungarian National Film Fund
ICELAND: Icelandic Film Centre
IRELAND: Irish Film Institute & Creative Europe Desk Ireland (Dublin), Junior Film Fleadh (Galway) 
ITALY: Niels Stensen Cultural Foundation (Florence), Alice nella città (Rome), National Cinema Museum (Turin)
KOSOVO: DokuFest
LATVIA: National Film Centre of Latvia
LITHUANIA: Lithuanian Film Centre
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg City Film Festival
MALTA: Film Grain Foundation 
MONTENEGRO: Podgorica Film Festival & Montenegrin Cinematheque & Film Center of Montenegro
NORTH MACEDONIA: Macedonian Film Agency 
POLAND: International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! (Poznan), New Horizons Cinema (Wroclaw), Gdynia Film Centre (Gdynia), Akademia MDP (Warsaw)
PORTUGAL: Portuguese Academy of Film & ICA
ROMANIA: EducaTIFF & Romanian Film Promotion
SERBIA: Free Zone Festival
SLOVAKIA: Visegrad Film Forum
SPAIN: Academia Galega do Audiovisual (A Coruña), Filmoteca de Catalunya (Barcelona), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain (Madrid), Seville European Film Festival, Valencian Filmoteca, MICE Film Festival & FICIV
SWITZERLAND: Castellinaria International Youth Film Festival (Bellinzona), Swiss Youth Film Festival (Zurich)
TURKEY: Yapimlab
UK: Lewes Depot, British Film Institute, Showroom Sheffield