2015: Kids in 25 Countries Elect THE INVISIBLE BOY from Italy
At the end of a long day packed with screenings, discussions and a final vote, kids all over Europe elected the Italian film THE INVISIBLE BOY as the winner of the EFA Young Audience Award 2015. Screenwriter Stefano Sardo was present at the awards ceremony in Erfurt to accept the award and said: “Thank you so much, this was unexpected! We made a film for kids and we’re sooo happy that they like it!”
Before that, 12-14-year-old audiences in the following 25 cities had transmitted their votes live via video conference to the awards ceremony hosted by German TV host, author and director Thomas Hermanns and streamed live here on the internet. The juries came from:
Congrats to THE INVISIBLE BOY and a big thank you to all three nominees and the kids who participated across Europe!
MY SKINNY SISTER
MIN LILLA SYSTER
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Sanna Lenken
PRODUCED BY: Annika Rogell
THE INVISIBLE BOY
IL RAGAZZO INVISIBILE
DIRECTED BY: Gabriele Salvatores
WRITTEN BY: Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi & Stefano Sardo
PRODUCED BY: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima & Carlotta Calori
YOU’RE UGLY TOO
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Mark Noonan
PRODUCED BY: John Keville & Conor Barry
interviews with the nominated directors:
MY SKINNY SISTER: SANNA LENKEN
Sanna Lenken talks about her film MY SKINNY SISTER, about eating disorders like anorexia and how they have an impact on the whole family and wanting to make a fiction film about it. She remembers how long they had to search to find the young actress Rebecka Josephson. And she talks about figure skating and how they invented a special construction for filming on ice.
THE INVISIBLE BOY: GABRIELE SALVATORES
Italian director Gabriele Salvatores talks about his film THE INVISIBLE BOY, that he wanted to make a film about a 13-year-old European superhero and how he wanted to be invisible as a teenager (particularly for the girls). Gabriele learned filmmaking by simply making films and he still enjoys working with amateurs.
YOU'RE UGLY TOO: MARK NOONAN
Dublin-based director Mark Noonan talks about his film YOU'RE UGLY TOO, how he got the idea for the film, about his first short QUESTIONS and finding out that he likes the combination of tragedy and humour, and about working with the young actress Lauren Kinsella.
2014: Children Juries in 17 European Cities Elect REGRET! by Dave Schram
In a truly European vote, 12-14-year-old audiences in Aalborg (Denmark), Barcelona (Spain), Belgrade (Serbia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Budapest (Hungary), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Erfurt (Germany), Izola (Slovenia), London (UK), Prizren (Kosovo), Riga (Latvia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Stockholm (Sweden), Tbilisi (Georgia), Tel Aviv (Israel), Valletta (Malta) and Wroclaw (Poland) elected REGRET! (Spijt!) by Dave Schram (the Netherlands) as the winner of the European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2014. Having watched the three nominated films on today’s Young Audience Film Day, the 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 Polish actor Maciej Stuhr moderated the awards ceremony transmitted online as a live stream. The German jury speakers Emma and Elias presented the award to director Dave Schram who thanked the audience and expressed his hope that the film may help to do something against bullying.
DIRECTED BY: Martin Miehe-Renard
WRITTEN BY: Martin Miehe-Renard, Gitte Løkkegaard & Hans Hansen
PRODUCED BY: Henrik Møller-Sørensen & Marcella Dichmann
90 min, Denmark
DIRECTED BY: Dave Schram
WRITTEN BY: Maria Peters & Dick van den Heuvel
PRODUCED BY: Dave Schram, Maria Peters & Hans Pos
95 min, The Netherlands
DIRECTED BY: Katja von Garnier
WRITTEN BY: Kristina Magdalena Henn & Lea Schmidbauer
PRODUCED BY: Ewa Karlström & Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton
103 min, Germany
interviews with the nominated directors:
Katja von Garnier, the director of WINDSTORM, talks about her start in filmmaking, the making of the film, working with kids (and horses) and her love for horses.
Dave Schram, the director of REGRET!, talks about the making of the film, working with kids and the problem of bullying at school.
2013: Children Juries in Nine European Cities Elect THE ZIGZAG KID by Vincent Bal
In the second edition of the Young Audience Award, 12-14-year-old audiences in Copenhagen (Denmark), Erfurt (Germany), Izola (Slovenia), London (UK), Riga (Latvia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Turin (Italy), Valletta (Malta) and Wroclaw (Poland) elected THE ZIGZAG KID by Vincent Bal (the Netherlands) as the winner of the European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2013.
Having watched the three nominated films on Young Audience Film Day, more than 600 young cinema-lovers across Europe had the opportunity to discuss the films before electing their favourite. The results were then reported live via Skype video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where German TV host and entertainer Ben moderated the awards ceremony transmitted online as a live stream. The German jury speakers Lisa (14) and Neal (13) presented the award to director Vincent Bal who thanked the juries in all cities, everybody who worked on the film, his family and especially his children.
THE SUICIDE SHOP by Patrice Leconte (France, Belgium & Canada)
UPSIDEdown by Bernd Sahling (Germany)
THE ZIGZAG KID by Vincent Bal (the Netherlands)
Interviews with the nominated directors:
Bernd Sahling, the director of UPSIDEdown, talks about his film and the true story it is based on. The story of a ten year old boy who cannot read and write, the medication he had to take to help him concentrate and his love for riding his bike. The director explains why he decided to make a film about him. Check it out!
Patrice Leconte, the director of THE SUICIDE SHOP, talks about his animation feature and Jean Teulé’s novel it is based on. The director explains what he liked about this dark and funny book that was considered to be impossible to adapt for the screen and why he decided to do it anyway. And you can watch him in the sound studio working with the actors.
Vincent Bal, the director of THE ZIGZAG KID, talks about his film based on the novel by David Grossman of a boy trying to find out who his mother was. The filmmaker reveals how he found the perfect boy to play the main character. And he explains how his life-long love for comics and Super-8 films influenced and helped him making THE ZIGZAG KID. Watch how a scene develops from his storyboards to the actual film!
2012: Children Juries in Six European Cities Elect Dutch film KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole
In a truly European vote, 10-13-year-old audiences in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Erfurt, Norrköping and Turin have elected KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole as the winner of the first European Film Academy Young Audience Award.
BLUE BIRD by Gust Van den Berghe (Belgium)
KAUWBOY by Boudewijn Koole (the Netherlands)
SISTER by Ursula Meier (France/Switzerland)