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 Childrens Film Association.


Julia Fleißig

Julia Fleißig is director of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers in Frankfurt a.M. During her studies of film, romance languages and literature and business, Julia opened an arthouse cinema that she run for six years. She has been working in different projects at the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt since 2006. Before becoming director of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers in 2017 she was head of the film education project SchulKinoWochen Hessen for five years. For Julia, cinema is the original and genuine place for films and she loves to keep film culture alive and vivid.

Tessa van Grafhorst

In 1999, Tessa van Grafhorst opened De Kinderbioscoop in Amsterdam. A small theatre especially for young children. A few years later she co-created Taartrovers, a collective of designers and art teachers. It is the mission of Taartrovers to let young children (2+) play with film & imagination with all senses! As the artistic director of Taartrovers, Tessa works on spreading the mission, as lecturer she is sharing her vison and knowledge with professionals, as (film)art teacher she teaches preschoolers, and as co-creative she develops playful concepts, programs and installations.

Hilde Steenssens

Hilde Steenssens is founder and director of Filem’On, the International Film festival for Young Audiences in Belgium, which celebrates its 18th edition this year. She also curates for other film initiatives and festivals for children in Belgium. As pedagogue and youth criminologist, she is convinced of the power of art and film as intermedium to support children and young people in their growth towards world citizens! She ensures that the Filem’On festival can remain dynamic, qualitative and sustainable.