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Young Audience Award

Every year thousands of young film enthusiasts aged 12-14 from across Europe watch 3 nominated films in cinemas and online and select a winner of the Young Audience Award. The Young Audience Award is one huge film jury and it is an official category of the European Film Awards. 


Young Audience Award

The creation of the European Film Academy was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Award’s ceremony held in November 1988. The European Film Academy was finally founded in 1989 as the European Cinema Society by its first president Ingmar Bergman and 40 filmmakers to advance the interests of the European film industry. 


Promoting Europe's film culture

The European Film Academy now unites 4,400 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe's film culture. Throughout the year, the European Film Academy initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic and training asprects. The programme includes conferences, seminars and workshops, and a common goal is to build a bridge between creativity and the industry. Some of the European Film Academy's events hava already become an institution for encounters within the European film community.


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2021 Event

Three nominated films for the Young Audience Award

In 2021, the three nominated films for the Young Audience Award were PINOCCHIO by Matteo Garrone, THE CROSSING by Johanne Helgeland, and WOLFWALKERS by Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart.

The 12-14-year-old jury members watched the three nominated films online on the YAA website (rather than in cinema, due to COVID) and had the opportunity to talk about the films and then cast their votes online.  

THE CROSSING was crowned the winner of the YAA 2021, and director Johanne Helgeland thanked all the young film lovers and while congratulating the other nominated films and said: "All three films show that we need compassionate films for kids – You are our future!"

More information about the 2022 edition of the Award will be released soon.

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