The ECFA award will be presented to the best European feature-length film. 

At the end of the year all ECFA awarded films will be nominated by election for the overall 'ECFA AWARD' for film of the year. The award will be given by all the ECFA members and will be presented during the International Filmfestival Berlin Berlinale in 2019.

Read more about ECFA - European Children's Film Association here:

Festival Director

Iris is director of JEF, the brand new organisation for youth film in Flanders, Belgium. JEF deals with distribution, film education and medi literacy activities in schools and leisure time and organises a yearly youth film festival in 5 cities. The festival has initiated the online platform JEF in the hospital, a project for children in hospitals and rehabilitation centres which went international in 2018.

Before she was the business director of the European Youth Film Festival (Het Jeugdfilmfestival) for almost 10 years where she was responsible for the business part and the medialab. Before the festival she worked at the University of Antwerp doing research on museums for contemporary art and the audiovisual field. Previously she was the director of a cultural centre in Antwerp. She is a member of the board of directors of oKo (Flemish Federation of Employers in the arts sector) and of Sociare (sociocultural employers federation). Iris studied Politics and Sociology, Comparative Cultural Sciences and Cultural Management and resided two years in Barcelona for studying Catalan language and art.

Curator and Children film mediator

Sita graduated from the University of Oslo, and Oslo University College, where she studied film history, aesthetics and media. Since 2012, she has worked for the Cinematheque at the Norwegian Film Institute, where she curates children’s films in the program concept the Children’s Cinematheque. She also organizes different pedagogical activities for schools and kindergardens.  

The past years, the Cinematheque has had major success with silent movie concerts accompanied by live music and sound effects – a popular show that is visited by 6.000 school pupils every year – as well as other activities like animation workshops, film screenings and lectures. 

The Children’s Cinematheque screens new and old film classics during weekends and holidays, and is continually adding new concepts to the program, showing children and young audiences valuable stories told on film, and introducing them to film heritage.

Head of the School & Family programme BUSTER at CPH PIX

Nikolai Schulz holds a Master's Degree in Film Studies from Copenhagen University. He has been a film critic at the Danish newspaper B.T. and the online film site, has written articles and reviews for the film magazine Mifune, been the editor of the film section at the magazine Citadel, as well as a freelance subtitler for SDI Media.

He worked as programming assistant and print coordinator for Denmark's largest feature film festival CPH PIX and as print coordinator for the children's film festival BUSTER for several years, before joining the latter as Head of Programming in 2012. Since BUSTER merged with CPH PIX in 2016 he has been the Head of the School & Family Programme BUSTER at the new festival.

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