ECFA Award Edition 2017

6th ECFA Award (2017) for MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI

This wonderful French-Suisse animated co-production by Claude Barras collected an overwhelming majority from ECFA’s voting members. Sophie Hunger, composer of the films soundtrack, came to collect the award (this year with a trophy – see picture) with disarming enthusiasm. She was joined by Erlend E. Mo, picking up the 2017 ECFA Doc Award for DANCING FOR YOU. Walking in the footsteps of former winners like BIRDS OF PASSAGE (2015) and ERNEST & CELESTINE (2013), now the ZUCCHINI-team is running for an EFA Award too.

Congratulations to both award winners (you’ll find their interviews in the upcoming ECFA Journal, April 2017) and many thanks to all the ECFA members for casting your vote!

ECFA Doc Award 2017 for DANCING FOR YOU

ECFA proudly presents the first edition of the ECFA Documentary Award in collaboration with doxs! – dokumentarfilme für kinder und jugendliche, the young audience festival within the Duisburger Filmwoche, the German festival for documentary films.

At doxs! Duisburg the first ECFA documentary jury has chosen DANCING FOR YOU, directed by Erlend E. Mo (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, 2015). The jury selected the winner from six nominated films from Germany, The Netherlands and Scandinavia.


ECFA’s jury (Gert Hermans, Belgium; Viola Gabrielli, Germany and Marta Nieto Postigo, Spain) “decided to give the prize to an uplifting film about a child gaining the self confidence to stand up for her aspirations by breaking with gender stereotypes. What touched us the most is that through a sincere respect for the environment and nature ?s elements, the film becomes a celebration of life and the valuable time spent with the people you love. The filmmaker allowed us all the time needed to profoundly get to know the character. We were able to share precious moments in an intergenerational relationship of mutual support in facing different challenges in life.” (From the jury’s statement).


Films nominated for the ECFA Award 2017

ECFA Award at BUFF, the International Children and Young People’s Film Festival in Malmö (Sweden): “The New Kid” by Rudi Rosenberg ( France, 2015).

ECFA Award at the JEF Festival (Belgium): “My Skinny Sister” by Sanna Lenken (Sweden & Germany, 2015).

ECFA Award at Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne (France) 2016: “Long Way North” by Rémi Chayé (France & Denmark, 2015).

ECFA Award at the International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín (Czech Republic, 2016): “Learn by Heart” by Mathieu Vadepied (France, 2015).

ECFA Award at the Tel Aviv International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Israel): “Blanka” by Kohki Hasei (Italy & Japan, 2015).

ECFA Award at the Lucas International Festival for Young Filmlovers in Frankfurt (Germany): “Rauf” by Baris Kaya & Soner Caner (Turkey, 2016).

ECFA Award at the Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience in Chemnitz (Germany): “Children of Chance” by Malik Chibane (France, 2016).

ECFA Award at the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival (Finland): “Going to School” by Frederik Meldal Nørgaard (Denmark, 2016).

ECFA Award at KINOdiseea – International Children’s Film Festival in Bucharest (Romania): “The Day, My Father Became a Bush” by Nicole van Kilsdonk (Netherlands, Belgium & Croatia, 2016).

ECFA Award at Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival in Poznan (Poland): “My Life as a Zucchini” by Claude Barras (France & Switzerland, 2016).

ECFA Award at the Olympia International Film Festival for Children And Young People in Pyrgos (Greece): “Celestial Camel” by Jury Feting (Russia, 2015).