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ECFA-Award-Winners edition 2015

International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín/Czech Republic 2015: “Birds of Passage”.

Two ECFA-Awards within three Days!
The animated film “Song of the Sea” directed by Tomm Moore and produced by companies in Ireland, Luxembourg, Denmark and Belgium in 2014 received two ECFA-Awards within three days. On April 23rd the ECFA-Jury at the Cinejeune Festival in Saint-Quentin/France gave their award to this film, while another ECFA-Jury at the Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival in Kristiansand/Norway has made the same choice.

BUFF – International Children and Youth Film Festival, Malmö, Sweden 2015: “X + Y”

Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen, Antwerp & Brugge, Belgium 2015: “Jack”

For the first time an ECFA-Jury gave an award at Montreal’s International Children’s Film Festival FIFEM. The winner was “Operation Arctic”, directed by Grethe Bøe–Waal (Norway, 2014).

‘Lucas’ International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 2015: “About a Girl”

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

Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Oulu/Finland 2015: “Operation Arctic”

International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!, Poznan/Poland 2015: “Life According to Nino”

Olympia International Film Festival for Children And Young People, Pyrgos/Greece 2015: “Seven Ravens” by Alice Nellis (Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2015)

 


ECFA-Award-Winners edition 2014

Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen, Antwerp & Brugge, Belgium 2014: “Mother, I Love You”

The French-Belgium animation “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla received the ECFA-Award at Ciné-Jeune de’l Aisne in St. Quentin.

International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín/Czech Republic 2014: “Sitting Next to Zoe”

‘Lucas’ International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 2014: “Scrapwood War”

Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience, Chemnitz/Germany 2014: “Girlhood”

Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Oulu/Finland 2014: “The Christmas of Solan & Ludvig”.

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

4th ECFA-Award (2015) for “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, adding one title to ECFA’s shortlist. The 9 shortlisted films competed for the final ECFA Award: the Best European Children’s Film 2015.

Award ceremony
Award ceremony

The more than 80 members of ECFA, all of them active in the children’s film industry, were invited to cast their vote.

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 for the Best European Children’s Film of the Year went to:

MOTHER, I LOVE YOU!

Directed by Janis Nords (Latvia)

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.

There is no cash money prize connected to the ECFA Award. However voted exclusively by professionals in the field of European children’s film, the substantial value and prestige of the ECFA Award cannot be underestimated.

 


ECFA-Award-Winners edition 2013

“Lucas” – International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt/Germany 2013: “My Mommy is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill”

Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience, Chemnitz/Germany 2013: “Asphalt Playground“

International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín/Czech Republic 2013: “Mother, I Love You”

Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF), Kristiansand, Norway 2013: “Bitch Hug”

Cine-Jeune – Festival International de Cinéma, St. Quentin, France 2013: “Ernest & Celestine”

BUFF – International Children and Youth Film Festival, Malmö, Sweden 2013: “Eskil and Trinidad”

Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Oulu/Finland 2013: “Regret!”

31st International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!, Poznan/Poland 2013: “Shell”

Olympia International Film Festival for Children And Young People, Pyrgos/Greece 2013: “Upside Down”

3rd ECFA-Award (2014) for “Ernest & Célestine”

At ECFA’s Berlinale-party President Céline Ravenel welcomed last year’s winner Boudewijn Koole („Kauwboy“) to hand over the diploma to Rodolphe Buet (Studiocanal), world sales agent for the 2014 ECFA Award-winning film „Ernest & Céöestine“ (persons from right to left)
At ECFA’s Berlinale-party President Céline Ravenel welcomed last year’s winner Boudewijn Koole („Kauwboy“) to hand over the diploma to Rodolphe Buet (Studiocanal), world sales agent for the 2014 ECFA Award-winning film „Ernest & Céöestine“ (persons from right to left)

The animated film “Ernest & Célestine” directed by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar & Stéphane Aubier (Belgium, France, Luxembourg 2012) is the winner of the ECFA-Award 2014.

The ECFA-Award 2014 was decided by all members of the association. The shortlist for the award was built upon the single ECFA-Awards that were given at ten children’s film festivals during the year before. About 250 guests were present at ECFA’s party during the Berlin International Film Festival when last year’s winner Boudewijn Koole (director of “Kauwboy”) handed the award diploma to Rodolphe Buet, CEO Studiocanal, the world sales agent of the winning film. On the picture left to right: Rodolphe Buet, Boudewijn Koole and ECFA-President Céline Ravenel. On the left side in the background: Norbert Mehmke, Chairman of Bundesverband Jugend und Film e.V.

 


ECFA-Award-Winners edition 2012

International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! Poznan/Poland 2012: “Death of a Superhero”

Olympia International Film Festival for Children And Young People, Pyrgos/Greece 2012: “Kauwboy”

“Lucas” – International Children’s Film Festival in Frankfurt/Germany 2012: “Kauwboy”

Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience, Chemnitz/Germany 2012: “The Secret”

Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Oulu/Finland 2012: “Totally True Love”

International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín/Czech Republic 2012: “Death of a Superhero”

Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF), Kristiansand, Norway 2012: “Kauwboy”

Cine-Jeune – Festival International de Cinéma, St. Quentin, France 2012: “Jitters”

BUFF – International Children and Youth Film Festival, Malmö, Sweden 2011: “Taking Chances”

2nd ECFA-Award (2013) for “Kauwboy”

Jan van der Zanden, Stefanie van Houcke & Wilant Boekelman from "Kauwboy's" production company Waterland Film collecting the ECFA Award 2013. © Cagri Tuzcuoglu
Jan van der Zanden, Stefanie van Houcke & Wilant Boekelman from “Kauwboy’s” production company Waterland Film collecting the ECFA Award 2013. © Cagri Tuzcuoglu

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 the 70 % of all ECFA members casting their votes for a title on the shortlist, 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 Awards’ 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.” (GH)

 


ECFA-Award-Winners edition 2011

14th Olympia International Film Festival for Children And Young People, Pyrgos, Greece: “The Storyteller” by Nandita Jain, United Kingdom, 2011, animation, 10′

KINOdiseea – International Children’ Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania: “The Runway”; special mention: “Kooky”

Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival, Oulu, Finland: “On the sly”Overall ECFA Award 2011

Schlingel – International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience, Chemnitz 2011: “Some Dogs Bite”

Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen, Antwerp & Brugge, Belgium 2011: “Ways to Live Forever”

BUFF – International Children and Youth Film Festival, Malmö, Sweden 2011: “The Liverpool Goalie”

Cine-Jeune – Festival International de Cinéma, St. Quentin, France 2011: „Tomboy“ & “Hold Me Tight”

Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (KICFF), Kristiansand, Norway 2011: “Lost in Africa”

Giffoni Film Festival,Giffoni Valle Piana, Salerno, Italy 2011: “Wunderkinder”

Cine-Jeune – Festival International de Cinéma, St. Quentin, France 2010: “Sebbe”

1st ECFA-Award (2012) for “On the Sly” / “A pas de loup”

During the International Berlin Film Festival the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) presented the winner of the 1st ECFA-Award: “On the Sly” / “A pas de loup”, directed by Olivier Ringer, Belgium/France 2011.

(Left to right): ECFA-President Tonje Hardersen, director Olivier Ringer and author/producer Yves Ringer ("On the Sly" / "A pas de loup")
(Left to right): ECFA-President Tonje Hardersen, director Olivier Ringer and author/producer Yves Ringer (“On the Sly” / “A pas de loup”)

Both, the director Olivier Ringer as well as his brother, author and producer Yves Ringer, personally 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.

The ECFA-Award 2012 was decided by all members of the association. The shortlist for the award was built upon the single ECFA-Awards that were given at nine children’s film festivals during the year before

The European Film Academy (EFA) during the Berlin Festival announced to initiate a young audience award themselves – with the ECFA-Award winners on their short list, as EFA-director Marion Döring, ECFA-president Tonje Hardersen and ECFA-general secretary Felix Vanginderhuysen agreed during a meeting in the beginning of the festival. ECFA additionally will continue with their own award. Already now many festivals who are members of ECFA declared that they will invite ECFA-juries this year as well.