Young Audience Award

THE EFA YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD – THE BEST OF EUROPEAN FILMS FOR YOUNG CINEMA LOVERS ACROSS EUROPE The EFA YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD (EFA YAA), an official category of the European Film Awards, has the purpose to pay special attention to young audiences of European cinema. With this award dedicated to films addressing 12 to 14 year-olds, EFA is reaching out directly to this audience group and is giving it an active part in European film culture. Three nominated films are screened across Europe to 3,000 teenagers who serve as pan-European jury.

Under the supervision of film education experts, they analyze and discuss the films amongst their peers and finally vote individually for the winner by ranking the films. Each country creates a video clip in which jury speakers are announcing the national voting result. In the evening, all voting result clips are transmitted to Erfurt, Germany, where in an online-streamed ceremony the director of the film with the highest score receives the EFA Statuette personally.

Taoba is the organizer of the “Young Audience Award” in Georgia since 2020



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), Circuito Cinema Scuole (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
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)

Every year, thousands of young film enthusiasts aged 12-14 from across Europe, watch three nominated films in cinemas and online and select a winner of the Young Audience Award. It is an official category of the European Film Awards and young teenagers form the biggest Film Jury in the world.

The winners are being chosen by young juries in 42 European countries watching three films online as well as in over 60 movie theatres in more than 70 European cities. The Young Audience Award (YAA) is also part of the European Film Club, a film platform and network across the continent for teenagers to come together to watch and discuss European films and make their own.