7 - 17 JUNE 2018


About the ECFA Award

With the ECFA Award, ECFA both gives special attention to quality films for a young audience and shines a spotlight on European children’s films.

A number of European children & youth film festivals, all members of ECFA, are selected annually to host an ECFA jury and vote for the ECFA Award for their particular festival. Each festival adds their winning film to a shortlist of nominated films, competing for the overall award.

The final vote is open to all ECFA members, choosing the ‘Best European Children’s Film of the Year’.

The award is handed out during the International Filmfestival Berlin – Berlinale.

The ECFA Award was launched in 2011. There is no money prize connected to the ECFA Award. However, it is the only European children’s film award given out by professionals so the value and prestige of this award can’t be underestimated.



Marije Veenstra

Marije Veenstra graduated from the Amsterdam University of the Arts and finished the Teacher Training for Primary Education. She started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2011. She’s responsible for IDFA’s Educational Program for schools, which aims at introducing documentary films to a young audience. The program consists of an educational online film catalogue Docschool Online, workshops, film projects and school screenings. In this way, each year approximately 25.000 primary, secondary and high school students get access to high-quality international documentaries.

Rok Govednik

Born in 1985 in Slovenia. Graduated in Film and Cultural Studies from the University of Ljubljana. He works as a mentor and lecturer of film theory and history for children, youth, teachers, as well as a trainer of new mentors. He researches and develops different pedagogical approaches to film and publishes articles and film reviews in leading Slovenian film magazines. Govednik is the director and the head of the programme of the Institute for Advancement of Visual Culture VIZO and of the International Film Festival for Youth EYE ON FILM, which takes place in ten cities across Slovenia.

Iris Verhoeven

Iris is the director of the JEF Festival (Het Jeugdfilmfestival), the brand new youth film festival in Flanders, Belgium. Before that, she had also worked at the University of Antwerp doing research on museums for contemporary art and the audiovisual field.

Iris is a member of the board of directors of OKO (the Flemish Federation of Employers in the arts sector) and of Sociare (sociocultural employers’ federation).