WALLAY Wins EFA Young Audience Award 2018

Young Juries in 34 European Countries Elect WALLAY by Berni Goldblat.
In a truly European vote, 12-14-year-olds in 43 cities across Europe and beyond have elected WALLAY as the winner of the EFA Young Audience Award 2018.


Having watched the three nominated films, more than 2,000 young cinema-lovers across Europe had the opportunity to discuss the films before electing their favourite. The results were then reported live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where German actress and comedian Gesa Dreckmann moderated the award ceremony. The ceremony was transmitted online as a live stream and will remain available as VOD on our website yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu

The YAA now also includes various platforms for the general public to watch the nominated films: EFA Productions, EFA’s in-house production company, brings the EFA Young Audience Award films out Europe-wide on Video-on-Demand (T-VoD) platforms, like iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft and Pantaflix, on the regional Balkan-platform Cinesquare, as well as on local platforms like Filmin!

EFA Productions teamed up with Under The Milky Way for this initiative with the support of Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union, to make the nominated films available for young viewers all year around. Finally, those who could not participate in the EFA Young Audience Award event now have the possibility to watch the nominated films online. The three films nominated this year will go online tomorrow, on 7 May, together with some films nominated in earlier editions. Find out where to watch them at yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu

The EFA Young Audience Award 2018 was realised with the following partners:
AUSTRALIA: Asia Pacific Screen Awards
AUSTRIA: Austrian Film Academy
BELGIUM: Filem’On & Le Palace
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: Sarajevo Film Festival & Meeting Point cinema
BULGARIA: Sofia Art Fest
CROATIA: Zagreb Film Festival
CZECH REPUBLIC: Krutón, z.s.
DENMARK: UCN, Centre for Educational Resources
FINLAND: Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy
FRANCE: Les Arcs European Film Festival
GERMANY: Intl. Film Festival Schlingel (Chemnitz), German Children’s Media Foundation Golden Sparrow (Erfurt)
HUNGARY: Hungarian National Film Fund
ICELAND: Icelandic Film Centre
IRELAND: Irish Film Institute & Creative Europe Desk Ireland
ISRAEL:     Tel Aviv Cinematheque
ITALY: Niels Stensen Cultural Foundation (Florence), Alice nella città, with Fondazione Cinema per Roma (Rome), National Cinema Museum (Turin)
KOSOVO: DokuFest
LATVIA: National Film Centre of Latvia
LITHUANIA: Lithuanian Film Centre
LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg City Film Festival
FYR MACEDONIA: Macedonian Film Agency
MONTENEGRO: Podgorica Film Festival & Montenegrin Cinematheque & Film Center of Montenegro
POLAND: New Horizons Association
PORTUGAL: Portuguese Academy of Film & ICA
SERBIA: Free Zone Festival
SLOVAKIA: Visegrad Film Forum
SPAIN: Filmoteca de Catalunya (Barcelona), Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain (Madrid), Seville European Film Festival (Seville)
SWITZERLAND: Zoomz – Film Festival for Children & Youth
TURKEY: Yapimlab
UK: British Film Institute
The EFA Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union. Media partner was FRED FM Film Radio. The national YAA events were organised with the support of the respective national partners.
Erfurt, 6 May 2018