Earlier this evening, the European Children’s Film Association has announced the winners of the annual ECFA Awards.
ECFA Award for Best European Children’s Film has been won by Supa Modo by director Likarion Wainana (Germany / Kenya). The film that premiered in 2018 in the Berlinale’s Generation+ Section and won the MovieZone Award at Cinekid 2018. The film tells the story of nine year old Jo, who copes with her terminal illness like a real superhero. Runners-up were I am William by Jonas Elmer (Denmark) and Los Bando by Christian Lo (Norway), which were both selected for Cinekid's Best Children's Film Competition in 2018 where Los Bando won the Best Children’s Film Audience Award.
The ECFA Doc Award 2019 was handed out to Lenno & The Angelfish by director Shamira Raphaëla (The Netherlands). Shamira participated in our Kids & Docs workshop in 2017 with her film Lenno & The Angelfish, which premiered at IDFA and was selected for Cinekid's Best Short Dutch Documentary Competition in 2018.
As of this year, ECFA has added yet another award: the very first ECFA Award for Best European Young Audience Short Film went to Fruits of Clouds by director Kateřina Karhánková (Czech Republic). Fruits of Clouds was the winner of the Best Short European Animation Award at Cinekid 2017.
Margret Albers, President of ECFA said: ‘These three awarded films are in very different ways a proof of courage and curiosity. They show how the abilities and needs of the young audience are often underestimated. As part of an industry that strives for more co-creation, ECFA is proud to facilitate a platform that strengthens generation-equality. In organizing the ECFA Award, ECFA Doc Award and ECFA Short Award, ECFA wants to shine a spotlight on the variety and richness of European quality children’s film production, and the critical open-mindedness of our young audience.’
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 they 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.