Young Audience Award


What is the Young Audience Award?

Every year, thousands of young film enthusiasts aged 12-14 from across Europe, watch three nominated films in cinemas and online and select a winner of the Young Audience Award. It is an official category of the European Film Awards and young teenagers form the biggest Film Jury in the world.

The winners are being chosen by young juries in 42 European countries watching three films online as well as in over 60 movie theatres in more than 70 European cities. The Young Audience Award (YAA) is also part of the European Film Club, a film platform and network across the continent for teenagers to come together to watch and discuss European films and make their own. 

In 2022 the Award Ceremony will take place on 13 November 2022 in Erfurt (Germany) and will also be streamed on the YAA website:

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What is the European Film Academy?

The creation of the European Film Academy (The Academy) was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Award’s ceremony held in November 1988. The European Film Academy was finally founded in 1989 as the European Cinema Society by its first president Ingmar Bergman and 40 filmmakers to advance the interests of the European film industry. 

The Academy now unites 4,100 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe's film culture. Throughout the year, the European Film Academy initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects. The programme includes conferences, seminars and workshops, and a common goal is to build a bridge between creativity and the industry. Some of the European Film Academy's events have already become an institution for encounters within the European film community.  

The Academy’s highest profile activity is the annual European Film Awards, honouring the greatest achievements in European cinema. Streamed and broadcast live every December, the awards are presented for 26 categories. The Academy has for over more than a decade produced the Young Audience Award for the best European film for a 12–14-year-old age group.

What Is the European Film Club

The European Film Club (EFC) story really begins with a group of teenagers who had participated in previous Young Audience Awards coming together to brainstorm with Academy team members about creating a year-round engagement in film for teenagers.

Check the EFC website to explore more details. 

Who Chose the Nominations?

It's a two-step procedure.

In 2022, an international Committee consisting of film experts: Joana Domingues (Academy Board – producer/Portugal), Andrey Hadjivasilev (producer, director/Bulgaria), Faridah Nabaggala (ECFA representative – festival director, author/Norway), Stavros Pamballis (artistic director/Cyprus), Claudia Schmid (festival director/Switzerland) and for the first time with a group of teenagers they watched all submitted films. Together with the youth representative - Hena, Madara, Maria Beatriz and Myrto they pre-selected eight films.

Then, a film jury of five 13 to 14-year-old former YAA participants Aifric (Ireland), Natalija (Montenegro), Tin (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Christina (Greenland) and Riana (Kosovo) chose the three final nominees.

Who Votes for the Winner?

The young audiences participating in the YAA screenings act as a jury and vote for the winner who receives the European Film Awards statuette. 

In 2022 more than 70 partners from 42 countries will invite 12-14-year-olds for an online and theatrical screenings. Find your city and join the biggest jury in the world!  

AUSTRALIA: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Gympie 
AUSTRIA: all country
BELGIUM: all country
CROATIA: all country
CYPRUS: Limassol & Nicosia
CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague & Dobrany
DENMARK: Aalborg, Aarhus, Ballerup, Herlev & Svendborg
ESTONIA: Tallinn
FINLAND: all country
FRANCE: Perpignan
GEORGIA: Batumi, Kutaisi, Tbilisi & Zugdidi
GERMANY: Chemnitz, Erfurt & Potsdam-Berlin
GREECE: Athens & Pyrgos
HUNGARY: Budapest
ICELAND: Reykjavík
ISRAEL: Jerusalem
IRELAND: Dublin & Galway

ITALY: Giffoni Valle Piana, Florence, Rome & Turin
KOSOVO: Prizren
LITHUANIA: Kaunas & Vilnius
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg
MALTA: Valletta
MONTENEGRO: Bar & Podgorica 
NORWAY: Kristiansand & Oslo
POLAND: Gdansk, Gdynia, Poznan, Rzeszów, Warszawa & Wroclaw
ROMANIA: Cluj-Napoca
SERBIA: Subotica
SPAIN: Barcelona, Madrid & Seville
SWITZERLAND: Lausanne, Lucerne & Zurich
TURKEY: all country 
UK: London, Lewes
UKRAINE: all country

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.

The statuette is a symbol of appreciation for filmmakers and European cinema given by young audiences.

When Is the YAA Ceremony?

The Young Audience Award (YAA) Ceremony will take place 13 November 2022 live from Erfurt (Germany) and will be streamed online here on the YAA website. 

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Where can I watch the YAA films?

Those who could not participate in the Young Audience Award event will have the possibility to watch the nominated films online. Find out where you can watch the films here and on the European Film Club platform soon. Feel free to sign up and become a member of the club.