QUEEN OF NIENDORF was the winner of the ECFA Award 2018 at the Ciné-Jeune Festival in the French L’Aisne region. In this German film, by Joya Thome, 10-year-old Lea witnesses how her friends, over the course of one summer, all change into surrogate grown-ups. Luckily there is Nico, who doesn’t want a girl in his gang, unless Lea can prove herself worthy. Continue reading “ECFA Awards for QUEEN OF NIENDORF and SUPA MODO”

Fest of Fests network to be launched

Fest of Fests is a cultural network funded by the Region of Attica, Greece, and implemented by the Athens-based Michael Cacoyannis Foundation. Aspiring to involve all influential international children and youth film networks, festivals and educational organisations as well as the academic world, the aim of Fest of Fests is to become a community of practice, collaboration of innovative ideas, supporting the formation of ‘screenwise viewers’ through existing pathways regarding media literacy. Continue reading “Fest of Fests network to be launched”

First ECFA Short Award in Oberhausen

ECFA’s first Short Film Award was handed out at the Oberhausen Int. Short Film Festival to LISTEN, a short documentary by Dutch director Astrid Bussink about the Kindertelefoon (Dutch children’s telephone helpline). In times of fake news and politic threats, LISTEN’s message – listening is a virtue and that communication can actually help – seems refreshingly positive. Continue reading “First ECFA Short Award in Oberhausen”