ECFA Short Film Award

ECFA Short Film Award

In 2020 the Festival launched an award for the best short film for children. The ECFA Short Film Award, which does not include any prize money, is awarded to a European short film for children by a jury made up of three members of the European Children’s Film Association. Films up to 30 minutes long from the Festival’s children’s and youth programme are nominated.

Even though the award carries no prize money, it is highly regarded internationally as the jury panel consists of experts in European children’s film. Each winning film is also nominated for the competition for the best European children’s film of the year. This selection is compiled by all ECFA members, and since 2011 the award has been presented at the Berlinale.

In collaboration with the European Children’s Film Association.

2022: Julie Rembauville, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin Kiki, the Feather (Kiki la plume) (FR 2020)
2021: Aliona Sasková Leaf (Lístek) (BY/CZ 2020)
2020: Yana Ugrekhelidze Armed Lullaby (DE)


Gert Hermans

Gert Hermans works for JEF, a Belgian organisation that deals with youth, film and new media, distributing films, educating
about films and organising a film festival. He has collaborated on several national and international projects which promote
quality films for children and young adults. Responsible for content and communication for ECFA (European Children’s
Film Association), Gert Hermans is an active networker, promoter and publicist for Europe’s biggest networking platform
for children’s film professionals.

Juliette Klinke

Author and director Juliette Klinke works in Switzerland and Belgium. Since its foundation, she has been actively involved in the collective Elles font des films, which advocates greater visibility for women in the film industry and campaigns against structural inequalities. This initiative also led to the foundation of the Female Gaze collection, which includes her short film In the silence of an abyssal sea. Juliette is currently working on a long documentary film.

Films by Juliette Klinke
Les dauphines
2016 | Nelson 2015

Gudrun Sommer

Gudrun Sommer was born on the Mur river. After stints on the Thames, the Tagus and the Spree, she landed in the Ruhr. The philosophy graduate set up doxs! and doku. klasse in 2002, followed a few years later by the association Freunde der Realität e. V. (Friends of Reality), plus the regional festival DOXS RUHR, which she has headed since its creation. Before that, she worked as festival director for the Duisburger Filmwoche film festival, and has been a curator at the Diagonale, the Goldener Spatz children’s media festival and the IFFF Dortmund+Köln, among others. Gudrun Sommer is on the Grimme Prize jury and on the board of the ECFA association.

Advice on individual programs and booking of performances for daycare groups and school classes at:

Advice on individual programs and booking of performances for daycare groups and school classes at: Guest: Miriam Goeze