European Children's Film Association
Association Européenne du Cinéma pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse

ECFA - European Children's Film Association - Association Européenne du Cinéma pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse

ECFA is the organisation for all, who are interested in high quality films for children and young people: film makers, producers, promotors, distributors, exhibitors, TV-programmers, festival organizers and film educators. Read more about ECFA.


Many Awards at the Olympia Int. Film Festival for Children and Young People
(09.12.2015) The international jury had many awards to give at the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in Pyrgos/Greece. As best feature film they have chosen "14+" by Andrey Zaytsev (Russia, 2015). Read more ...

Poznan's Ale Kino Golden Goat Goes to South Korea: "How to Steal a Dog"
(06.12.2015) "How to Steal a Dog" directed by Kim Sung-Ho (South Korea, 2014) received the jury's award for the best feature film for children at the 33rd edition of Ale Kino! the International Young Audience Film Festival in Poznan/Poland. Read more ...

Oulu/Finland: Another ECFA-Award for "Operation Arctic"
(23.11.2015) The Norwegian children adventure "Operation Arctic" directed by Grethe Bøe-Waal (2014) received the award of the ECFA-Jury at this year's Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival. Read more ...

Cinekid's Children's Film Awards to "The New Kid" and "The Invisible Boy"
(24.10.2015) The jury at Amsterdam's Cinekid Festival 2015 has awarded "The New Kid" directed by Rudi Rosenberg (France, 2015) as best film for children, while the audience has chosen "The Invisible Boy" by Gabriele Salvatore (Italy, 2014) who has already won the European Young Audience Award earlier this year. Read more ...

Hungarian „Paw“ Wins the International Children Jury's Award at 20th Schlingel Chemnitz / ECFA-Award to Serbian „Enclave“
(11.10.2015) The International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience „Schlingel“ at Chemnitz celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. One of the festival's special features is the International Children's Jury with 18 children from nine European countries. This year the children awarded „Paw“ by Adrian Pejó (Hungary, 2015) as best film for children and Félix Bossuet as best child actor for his performance in „Belle and Sébastien, The Adventure Continues“ directed by Christian Duguay (France, 2015). Read more ...


New Films for Children and Young People in our Database

Zhaleika, Germany, 2016

My Revolution, France, 2015

Mellow Mud, Latvia, 2016

6 A, Sweden, 2016

Jamais Contente, France, 2016

Zud, Poland, Germany, 2016

Rauf, Turkey, 2016

Blue Bicycle, The, Turkey, Germany, 2015


CHILDREN’S FILM FIRST is a year long project which comprises a number of interlinked peerlearning activities for film literacy professionals including seminars, website and conference.

Upcoming Festivals

Animex – International Festival of Animation & Computer Games, 08.02.2016, Middlesbrough

International Filmfestival Berlin, Generation, 11.02.2016, Berlin

Glasgow Youth Film Festival, 12.02.2016, Glasgow

Kinderfilmfest Hof, 20.02.2016, Hof

SehPferdchen - Kinderfilmfest Hannover, 21.02.2016, Hannover & Burgdorf & Wunstorf

Next Festivals to submit your films

Edinburgh International Film Festival, Deadline:10.02.2016

Werkstatt der Jungen Filmszene / Workshop for the Young Film Scene, Deadline:14.02.2016

Plein la Bobine – Sancy Film Festival for Young People, Deadline:15.02.2016

Transilvania International Film Festival, Deadline:15.02.2016

Fest – International Youth Film Festival, Deadline:28.02.2016