EFA Young Audience Award


In a truly European vote, 12-14-year-olds across Europe watch the three nominated films and vote for their favourite - the winner of the Young Audience Award!

It's still a bit to go until the YAA 2022, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot watch great films. Check out these quality young audience films of past YAA editions and where to watch them online.

What is the Young Audience Award?

As an official category of the European Film Awards, the YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD presents three European films to 12-14-year-old audiences across Europe.

They watch the nominated films and act as a jury, voting for the winner. 

Where can I watch the YAA films?

A lot of the YAA films are available online via VOD ...

Many of the Young Audience Award films are available Europe-wide on Video-on-Demand (T-VoD) platforms, like Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Microsoft, Pantaflix and YouTube, on the regional Balkan-platform Cinesquare, as well as on local platforms like Filmin!

Those who could not participate in the Young Audience Award event will have the possibility to watch the nominated films online. Find out where you can watch the films here.

What is the European Film Academy?

The European Film Academy was founded in 1988 under the Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, its first president. Today it unites 4,200 filmmakers – directors, producers, actors and actresses, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, production designers and other film professionals – from across Europe.
Every year, the Academy presents the European Film Awards which celebrate the best in European cinema.

Who Chose the Nominations?

It's a two-step procedure ...

For the YAA 2021, an international committee consisting of Board Member Graziella Bildesheim (producer/Italy) and experts Levan Dvali (Taoba International Youth Film Festival/Georgia), Nicola Jones (Goldener Spatz/Germany), Dimitris Spyrou (Olympia Children's Film Festival/Greece) and Annelot Tijs (Eye Film Institute/Netherlands) pre-selected eight films.
A jury of 13-to-14-year-old former YAA participants Matteo (Italy), Marta (Croatia), Anissa (UK), Zofia (Poland) and Vasileios (Greece) then watched these eight films and chose the three nominations.

Who Votes for the Winner?

The young audiences participating in the YAA screenings act as a jury and vote for the winner who receives the European Film Awards statuette. 

These are the cities which participated in 2021:

AUSTRIA: St. Pölten & Vienna
BELGIUM: Antwerp & Brussels
CYPRUS: Limassol & Nicosia
CZECH REPUBLIC: Brno, Pilsen & Prague
DENMARK: Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen & Stege
ESTONIA: Tallinn
FRANCE: Bourg Saint Maurice – Les Arcs & Le Buisson de Cadouin
GEORGIA: Tbilisi
GERMANY: Chemnitz, Erfurt & Potsdam/Berlin
GREECE: Athens & Pyrgos
HUNGARY: Budapest
ICELAND: Reykjavík
IRELAND: Dublin & Galway

ITALY: Florence, Rome & Turin
KOSOVO: Prizren
LITHUANIA: Kaunas & Vilnius
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg
MALTA: Valletta
MONTENEGRO: Budva & Podgorica 
NORWAY: Kristiansand
POLAND: Gdansk, Gdynia, Poznan, Rzeszów, Warszaw & Wroclaw
ROMANIA: Cluj-Napoca
RUSSIA: Moscow & Novosibirsk
SERBIA: Subotica
SLOVAKIA: Bratislava
SPAIN: Barcelona & Seville
SWITZERLAND: Bellinzona & Zurich
TURKEY: Istanbul
UK: London 

Where Does the Statuette Come From?

The awards statuette is a silver statuette of a woman in a star-covered dress. It comes from London where the British jeweller and designer Theo Fennell each year produces the statuettes for all winners. The statuette is 26 cm tall and weighs 2 kilograms.

Who Are The Partners?

The Young Audience Award 2021 was realised with the following partners: 

AUSTRALIA: Asia Pacific Screen Awards
AUSTRIA: Austrian Film Academy
BELGIUM: Filem’On & JEF - The European Youth Film Festival
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Sarajevo Film Festival
BULGARIA: Sofia Art Fest
CROATIA: Zagreb Film Festival
CYPRUS: Cyprus Film Days For Children and Youth
CZECH REPUBLIC: Krutón, z.s. & Int'l Film Festival for Children and Youth JUNIORFEST
DENMARK: UCN, Centre for Educational Recources & DaBUF - The Association of Danish Filmclubs for Children & Youth
FRANCE: Les Arcs Film Festival & Cinéma Lux le Buisson
GEORGIA: Taoba Int'l Youth Film Festival
GERMANY: Intl. Film Festival Schlingel (Chemnitz), German Children’s Media Foundation Golden Sparrow (Erfurt), Vision Kino & Filmuniversität Babelsberg (Potsdam)
GREECE: Hellenic Film Academy, Athens International Children's Film Festival (ATHICFF), CineDok Kids & Olympia IFF for Children and Young People
HUNGARY: National Film Institute Hungary
ICELAND: Icelandic Film Centre
IRELAND: Irish Film Institute (Dublin) & Junior Film Fleadh (Galway) 
ITALY: Niels Stensen Cultural Foundation (Florence), Cinema Circuito Generale (Genoa), Alice nella città (Rome), The National Museum of Cinema (Turin)
KOSOVO: DokuFest
LATVIA: National Film Centre of Latvia
LITHUANIA: Lithuanian Film Centre
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg City Film Festival
MALTA: Creative Europe Desk Malta & Spazju Kreattiv
MONTENEGRO: Podgorica Film Festival & Film Centre of Montenegro
NORTH MACEDONIA: North Macedonia Film Agency
NORWAY: Kristiansand Int'l Children's Film Festival
POLAND: International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! (Poznan), Podkarpackie Film Commission (Rzeszow), New Horizons Cinema (Wroclaw), Gdynia Film Centre (Gdynia), Akademia MDP & Cinema in Sneakers (Gdansk & Warsaw)
PORTUGAL: Portuguese Academy of Film & ICA
ROMANIA: EducaTIFF & Romanian Film Promotion
RUSSIA: Pioner Cinema (Moscow) & Pobeda Cinema (Novosibirsk)
SERBIA: Free Zone Festival
SLOVAKIA: Visegrad Film Forum
SPAIN: Filmoteca de Catalunya with the collaboration of Acadèmia del Cinema Català (Barcelona) & Seville European Film Festival
SWITZERLAND: CASTELLINARIA - Festival del cinema giovane (Bellinzona) & Jugendfilmtage (Zurich)
TURKEY: Yapimlab
UK: British Film Institute (London)