The European Film Academy (EFA) has announced the three nominees for the EFA Young Audience Award 2018: Girl in Flight by Sandra Vannucchi (Italy/Switzerland), Hobbyhorse Revolution by Selma Vilhunen (Finland) and Wallay by Berni Goldblat (France/Burkina Faso/Qatar).
The nominations were chosen by an international committee consisting of Manlio Castagna (Giffoni International Film Festival, Italy), Ana Cerar (International Film Festival Kino Otok - Isola Cinema, Slovenia), Corinna Downing (London Film Festival - British Film Institute, UK), EFA Board Member Vanessa Henneman (talent agent, Netherlands) and Holger Twele (film educator, Germany).
On 6 May, the three nominated films will be screened to audiences of 12 – 14 year-olds in 36 countries across Europe and beyond. This young audience will act as a jury and vote for the winner right after the screenings. Jury speakers will then transmit the national results live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where the winner will be announced in an award ceremony streamed live on yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu, a special website that offers further information about the nominated films and the participating cities.
For the first time, the YAA also includes various platforms for the general public to watch the nominated films. EFA Productions, in collaboration with Under The Milky Way, will bring the films out Europe-wide on VoD platforms like iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft and Pantaflix, on the regional Balkan-platform Cinesquare, as well as on local platforms like Filmin or Universciné. For the opening of the VoD initiative, the films of the last three editions as well as the three films nominated in 2018 will all go online on 7 May, one day after this year's EFA Young Audience Award.