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5th ECFA-Award (2016) for “Birds of Passage”

A memorable title was added to the ECFA Award Palmares. With BIRDS OF PASSAGE, for the second time the brothers Olivier (director) and Yves (producer) Ringer took home the title of ‘Best Young Audience Film of the Year’.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE

Already four years ago Olivier Ringer was the winner of the first ECFA Award ever for his film ON THE SLY. Now the members of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) have chosen BIRDS OF PASSAGE (Les Oiseaux de Passage, Belgium / France) to win the ECFA Award 2016. Congratulations!

The award was given out in a ceremony during the Children’s Film Community Party (Treffen der Kinderfilmszene) at the “Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen beim Bund in Berlin” on February 13th, during the International Berlin Film Festival.

Almost 60 members of ECFA, children’s film experts and professionals from all over Europe, have casted their votes to one of the shortlisted films, awarded by ECFA Juries at ten festivals throughout the year 2015. BIRDS OF PASSAGE (already collecting awards in 18 festivals, and probably many more to follow) was followed by SONG OF THE SEA, by Tomm Moore.

Left to right: Producers Antoine Simkine & Yves Ringer, director Olivier Ringer and ECFA President Céline Ravenel

Both Olivier (director) and Yves Ringer (producer) were in Berlin to collect the award. Yves Ringer: “Winning the award for the second time is a tremendous recognition. It means a lot to us as ECFA represents humane, cultural and educational values that are dear to our heart.” Olivier added: “It is important to make family films with a strong emotional impact on both children and parents. With the resources at our disposal, we can’t compete with the blockbusters on the market. But what we can do, is telling a story as adequate as possible.” Olivier came with even more surprising news: actress Léa Warny, sitting in a wheelchair, will soon undergo a surgery that might cause a break-through in her situation. Maybe it will be possible for her to even carefully walk again in the future. Good news putting all possible awards in the shadow!

 

Yves und Olivier Ringer sent us this clip after they had received the ECFA-Award 2016 for their film “Birds of Passage”:

 


Films nominated in 2015 for the 5th ECFA Award (2016)

ECFA Award at Europees Jeugdfilmfestival in Antwerp & Brugge (Belgium): “Jack” by Edward Berger, Germany, 2014.

ECFA Award at International Children’s Film Festival FIFEM in Montreal (Canada): “Operation Arctic” by Grethe Bøe–Waal, Norway, 2014.

ECFA Award at BUFF – International Children & Youth Film Festival in Malmö (Sweden): “X + Y” by Morgan Matthews, UK, 2014.

ECFA Award at Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne in Saint-Quentin (France): “Song of the Sea” by Tomm Moore, Ireland / Luxembourg / Denmark / Belgium, 2014.

ECFA Award at the Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival in Kristiansand (Norway): “Song of the Sea” by Tomm Moore, Ireland / Luxembourg / Denmark / Belgium, 2014.

ECFA Award at the International Film Festival for Children & Youth in Zlín (Czech Republic): “Birds of Passage” by Olivier Ringer, Belgium / France, 2015.

ECFA Award at Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main (Germany): “About a Girl” by Mark Monheim, Germany, 2014.

ECFA Award at KINOdiseea – International Children’s Film Festival in Bucharest (Romania): “Birds of Passage” by Olivier Ringer, Belgium / France, 2015.

ECFA Award at the Oulu International Children’s & Youth Film Festival in Oulu (Finland): “Operation Arctic” by Grethe Bøe–Waal, Norway, 2014.

ECFA Award at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! in Poznan (Poland): “Life According to Nino” by Simone van Dusseldorp, The Netherlands, 2014.

ECFA Award at Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People in Pyrgos (Greece): “Seven Ravens” by Alice Nellis, Slovakia / Czech Republic, 2015.

 


4th ECFA Award (2015) for MOTHER, I LOVE YOU

ECFA members voted the Latvian film MOTHER, I LOVE YOU (by Janis Nords) as ‘Best European Children’s Film of the Year’. The diploma was handed out during the Berlinale Award Ceremony.

MOTHER, I LOVE YOU

In 2014 ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) organized the fourth edition of the ECFA Award, the election of the Best European Children’s Film of the Year. Throughout the year 9 different children’s film festivals (from St Quentin, France to Pyrgos, Greece) hosted an ECFA Award jury and added one title to ECFA’s shortlist.

On February 7th, 2015 the award was given out in a ceremony during the Children’s Film Community Party (Treffen der Kinderfilmszene) in the International Berlinale Film Festival, at the Homebase Lounge in Berlin. After a close competition the ECFA Award 2015 went to MOTHER, I LOVE YOU, by Janis Nords (Latvia). Producer Alise Gelze (Tasse Film) and world sales agent Jan Naszewski (New Europe Film Sales) came to collect the price at the ceremony.
MOTHER, I LOVE YOU had its world première at the Berlinale 2013 within the Generation programme and was awarded all over the world in numerous festivals.

Céline Ravenel, producer Alise Gelze, sales agent Jan Naszewski and some members of the Tasse Film team.

Films nominated in 2014 for the 4th ECFA Award (2015)

ECFA Award at Europees Jeugdfilmfestival in Antwerp & Brugge (Belgium): “Mother, I Love You” by Janis Nords, Latvia, 2013.

ECFA Award at BUFF – International Children & Youth Film Festival in Malmö (Sweden): “Kick it” by Katarina Launing, Norway, 2014.

ECFA Award at Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne in Saint-Quentin (France): “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” by Mathias Malzieu & Stéphane Berla, France / Belgium, 2013.

ECFA Award at the International Film Festival for Children & Youth in Zlín (Czech Republic): “Sitting Next to Zoe”, Ivana Lalovic, Switserland, 2013.

ECFA Award at Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main (Germany): “Scrapwood War” by Margien Rogaar, The Netherlands, 2014.

ECFA Award at Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children & Young Audience, Chemnitz (Germany): “Girlhood” by Céline Sciamma, France, 2014.

ECFA Award at the International Children’s and Youth Film Festival in Oulu (Finland): “The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig” by Rasmus A. Sivertsen, Norway, 2014.

ECFA Award at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! in Poznan (Poland): “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” by Mathias Malzieu & Stéphane Berla, France / Belgium, 2013.

ECFA Award at Olympia International Film Festival for Children And Young People in Pyrgos (Greece): “Lola on the Pea” by Thomas Heinemann, Germany, 2014.

 


3th ECFA Award (2014) for ERNEST & CELESTINE

The animated film ERNEST & CELESTINE is the winner of the ECFA Award 2014. With striking supremacy the animated movie by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier (Belgium / France / Luxembourg, 2012) was voted by a majority of ECFA members as last year’s Best Film for Children.

ERNEST & CELESTINE

About 250 guests were present at ECFA’s party during the Berlin International Film Festival when last year’s winner Boudewijn Koole (KAUWBOY) handed over the award diploma to Rodolphe Buet, CEO of Studiocanal, world sales agent of the winning film.

 

Left to right: Rodolphe Buet, Boudewijn Koole and ECFA-President Céline Ravenel.

 


Films nominated in 2013 for the 3rd ECFA Award (2014)

ECFA Award at Europees Jeugdfilmfestival in Antwerp & Brugge (Belgium): “The War of the Buttons” by Christophe Barratier, France, 2011.

ECFA Award at BUFF – International Children & Youth Film Festival in Malmö (Sweden): : “Eskil and Trinidad” by Stephan Apelgren, Sweden, 2013.

ECFA Award at Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne in Saint-Quentin (France): “Ernest & Celestine” by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier, Belgium / France / Luxembourg, 2012.

ECFA Award at the Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival in Kristiansand (Norway): “Bitch Hug” by Andreas Öhman, Sweden, 2012.

ECFA Award at the International Film Festival for Children & Youth in Zlín (Czech Republic): “Mother, I Love You” by Janis Nords, Latvia, 2013.

ECFA Award at Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main (Germany): “My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill” by Marc Boreal & Thibaut Chatel, France, 2012.

ECFA Award at Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children & Young Audience, Chemnitz (Germany): “Asphalt Playground“ by Julien Abraham, France, 2013.

ECFA Award at the International Children’s & Youth Film Festival in Oulu (Finland): “Regret!” by David Schram, The Netherlands, 2013.

ECFA Award at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! in Poznan (Poland): “Shell” by Scott Graham, UK, 2012.

ECFA Award at Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People in Pyrgos (Greece): “Upside Down” by Bernd Sahling, Germany, 2013.

 


2nd ECFA Award (2013) for KAUWBOY

KAUWBOY

Now it’s a full circle. After a year-long path paved with awards KAUWBOY (Boudewijn Koole, The Netherlands) returned to where it all began, the Berlinale, to pick up its most prestigious prize. “Kauwboy” definitely deserved that ultimate crowning by ECFA: out of all ECFA members casting their votes, 70 % voted for KAUWBOY. Only DEATH OF A SUPERHERO raised some competition.

It was ECFA’s then President Tonje Hardersen who presented the award at a Berlinale party. In front of the 250 attending guests she called to the stage KAUWBOY’s producers Jan van der Zanden, Stefanie van Houcke and Wilant Boekelman (Waterland Film). Jan van der Zanden tried to explain the origins of the Dutch expression ‘proud as a monkey’ and afterwards spoke about the ECFA Award’s relevance for his team: “KAUWBOY is based on an original script and moots some snappy issues for a young and adult audience. I hope this award can be a stimulus for all directors wanting to make a children’s film without making a bow.”

Jan van der Zanden, Stefanie van Houcke & Wilant Boekelman (Waterland Film)

 


Films nominated in 2012 for the 2nd ECFA Award (2013)

ECFA Award at BUFF – International Children & Youth Film Festival in Malmö (Sweden): “Taking Chances” by Nicole van Kilsdonk, The Netherlands, 2011.

ECFA Award at Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne in Saint-Quentin (France): “Jitters” by Baldvin Zophoniasson, Iceland, 2010.

ECFA Award at the Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival in Kristiansand (Norway): “Kauwboy” by Boudewijn Koole, The Netherlands, 2012.

ECFA Award at the International Film Festival for Children & Youth in Zlín (Czech Republic): “Death of a Superhero” by Ian Fitzgibbon, Ireland, 2011.

ECFA Award at Lucas International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main (Germany): ): “Kauwboy” by Boudewijn Koole, The Netherlands, 2012.

ECFA Award at Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children & Young Audience, Chemnitz (Germany): “The Secret” by Morten Køhlert, Denmark, 2012.

ECFA Award at the International Children’s & Youth Film Festival in Oulu (Finland): “Totally True Love” by Anne Sewitsky, Norway, 2011.

ECFA Award at the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! in Poznan (Poland): “Death of a Superhero” by Ian Fitzgibbon, Ireland, 2011.

ECFA Award at Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People in Pyrgos (Greece): “Kauwboy” by Boudewijn Koole, The Netherlands, 2012.

 


1st ECFA Award (2012) for ON THE SLY (A Pas de Loup)

ON THE SLY

Both director Olivier Ringer and his brother, author and producer Yves Ringer, came to Berlin to receive the award from ECFA’s president Tonje Hardersen. More than 250 guests attended the event during the „Meeting of the Children’s Film Scene“ in HomeBase Berlin.

Olivier Ringer: “As parents it is our duty to bend our knees until we’re on the same height as our children, to have a better understanding. Parents should adapt to the needs of their children, and not the other way around. ON THE SLY could help to understand how children think and feel. Actually it’s a contemporary fairytale that starts with the words: “Once upon a time, just a minute ago…”

Olivier & Yves Ringer

 


Films nominated in 2011 for the 1st ECFA Award (2012)

ECFA Award at Europees Jeugdfilmfestival in Antwerp & Brugge (Belgium): “Ways to Live Forever” by Gustavo Run, UK, Christophe Barratier, France, 2010.

ECFA Award at BUFF – International Children & Youth Film Festival in Malmö (Sweden): “The Liverpool Goalie” by Arild Andresen, Norway, 2010.

ECFA Award at Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne in Saint-Quentin (France): „Tomboy“ by Céline Sciamma, France, 2011 & “Hold Me Tight” by Kaspar Munk, Denmark, 2010.

ECFA Award at the Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival in Kristiansand (Norway): “Lost in Africa” by Vibeke Muasya, Denmark, 2010.

ECFA Award at the Giffoni Film Festival, in Giffoni Valle Piana (Italy): “Wunderkinder” by Marcus O. Rosenmüller, Germany, 2011.

ECFA Award at Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children & Young Audience, Chemnitz (Germany): “Some Dogs Bite” by Marc Munden, UK, 2010.

ECFA Award at the International Children’s & Youth Film Festival in Oulu (Finland): “On the sly” by Olivier Ringer, Belgium, 2011.

ECFA Award at KINOdiseea – International Children’s Film Festival in Bucharest (Romania): “The Runway” by Ian Power, Ireland, 2010. (Special mention: “Kooky”)

ECFA Award at Olympia International Film Festival for Children & Young People in Pyrgos (Greece): “The Storyteller” by Nandita Jain, UK, 2011 (10’ animation).

 


ECFA Award Pilot Project in 2010

The ECFA Award was launched with a pilot edition in 2010 in the Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne Festival in Saint-Quentin. There, an ‘edition zero’ jury nominated the very first ECFA Award candidate: “Sebbe” by Babak Najafi, Sweden, 2009.