23-02-2020

ECFA AWARDS 2020 FOR BEST EUROPEAN CHILDREN’S FILMS

How Big is the Galaxy by Ksenia Elyan How Big is the Galaxy by Ksenia Elyan

The European Children’s Film Association (ECFA), Europe’s leading children’s film organisation, has announced that their annual ECFA Award for Best European Children’s Film has been won by Binti by director Frederike Migom (Belgium). This film tells the story of a young girl who claims her right to live a normal life and dream her own dreams, even if she doesn’t have the legal documents to prove that she really exists.

The award was presented at the European Children’s Film Community Award Ceremony during the Berlinale on 22 February, 2020. Collecting the award, on stage director Frederike Migom was joined by producer Katleen Goossens (Bulletproof Cupid) and sales agent Niklas Teng (LevelK) and shared with the crowd that “I have been so lucky, having the chance to screen this film for so many kids in so many different places and festivals, and now being awarded Best European Children’s Film of the year feels like coming full circle.”

The ECFA Award is the only European children’s film award voted on by professionals.

At the same time, the ECFA Doc Award 2020 was handed out to How big is the galaxy by director Kseniya Eliyan (Russia).

The ECFA Short Award for Best European Young Audience Short Film of the year went to Bloeistraat 11 by director Nienke Deutz (Belgium).

Margret Albers, President of ECFA said: ‘The nominated films all deal with topics that are central to the lives of young audience of today. The three films that won the awards talk about ecology, about sans papiers, about a mediatized world in which strong children set their own priorities. They combine social problems of a complex contemporary society with stories about personal growth and fulfilment. This is proof that ECFA and its members are very well aware of the world of their target audience, and that the children’s film industry provides films with a universal relevance.’

ECFA is a membership organisation for professionals and organisations who operate within the field of quality films for children and youth. For over 30 years we have worked to improve children’s access to the best possible film culture and to increase an awareness of the need for good media policies across Europe.

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