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


European Symposium on the current state and prospects of documentary film for children and young people

Children love films. But do they even notice documentary films alongside feature and animated films, where do they find professional documentary films amongst the media mix of exciting games and youtube videos? The desire to maintain a wide offering of documentary films for the younger generation, and thus possibilities for watching them, is universal and still one of the important responsibilities of the film and television industry and cinema culture in general. But how?

(27.08.2014) From September 11 to 13, 2014, the Dokumentarfilminitiative im Filmbüro NW will host the autumn symposium “Documentary films for young Audiences.” Experts from the children’s film and documentary film industries from eight European countries, among them also a number of ECFA-members, will make their way to Cologne and discuss which structures are beneficial to the long-term presence of documentary films.

The discussions will be held in English and German languages with simultaneous translation.

Alongside the symposium, the dfi will show a series of European documentary films for children and young people for Cologne schools on September 11 and 12 in the Filmhaus cinema.

The complete programme as well as information on registration can be found on the website below:




European Symposium on the current state and prospects of documentary film for children and young people, (27.08.2014)

Films from the Netherlands again Convinced the Young Audience Juries in Giffoni, (28.07.2014)

Philippe Muyl wins the Main Prize in Zlin for "The Nightingale" / Zlin's ECFA-Award to "Sitting Next to Zoe", (05.06.2014)

European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2014 for "Regret!", (04.05.2014)

"Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" Wins ECFA-Award at Ciné-Jeune St. Quentin, (19.04.2014)

Berlin 2014: Generation Kplus-Awards to "Killa" and "Ciencias Naturales", (15.02.2014)

Berlin 2014: Generation 14+-Awards to "52 Tuesdays" and "Violet", (14.02.2014)

ECFA-Award 2014 for "Ernest & Célestine", (09.02.2014)

Manual on how to Apply for Interships, (01.02.2014)

"UPSIDE down" Collects Awards at the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in Pyrgos/Greece 2013, (10.12.2013)

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