The EFA Young Audience Award 2019 announces nominees
- Johan Timmers' Fight Girl, Christian Lo's Los Bando and Toby MacDonald's Old Boys are vying for the award, to be decided by audiences of 12- to 14-year-olds
The European Film Academy (EFA) announced the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2019: Johan Timmers' Fight Girl (Netherlands/Belgium), Christian Lo's Los Bando [+see also:
interview: Christian Lo
film profile] (Norway/Sweden) and Toby MacDonald's Old Boys [+see also:
film profile] (UK/Sweden).
For the first time, the nominations were chosen in 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 Petrović (Five Stars Film Distribution/Serbia) and Lina Užkuraitytė (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. On 5 May, the three nominated films will be screened simultaneously to audiences of 12-14-year-olds in the following 34 countries across Europe and beyond (see the complete list of cities here).
In all of these cities, the EFA Young Audience Award offers the young participants the opportunity to discover high-quality European films in cinema theatres. Under the guidance of experienced film teachers, 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 right after the screenings. In a truly European vote, jury speakers will then transmit the national results via video to Erfurt (Germany) where the winner will be announced in an award ceremony streamed live on yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu, a special website that offers further information about the nominated films and the participating cities.
Right after the event, and supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Sub-Programme of the European Union, the YAA films are also released on various online platforms for the general public: EFA Productions, EFA’s in-house production company, brings these films out Europe-wide and subtitled in 30 European languages on Video-on-Demand (T-VoD) platforms, like Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft and Pantaflix, on the regional Balkan-platform Cinesquare, as well as on local platforms like Filmin.
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