UK project Old Boys nominated at the EFA Young Audience Award 2019
The European Film Academy (EFA) have revealed the three nominees for its EFA Young Audience Award 2019. Among the selection is Toby MacDonald's Bergerac-inspired comedy Old Boys. Production company Momac Films received development funding towards the project under the previous MEDIA programme. Starring Alex Lawther and Jonah Hauer-King, the film is released today in UK cinemas by Verve Pictures.
The EFA Young Audience Award is designed to recognise the director of a European film that addresses an audience between the ages of 12 and 14. To ensure the pre-selected films are actually a hit among this generation, the jury consists of 13 to 14 year old former YAA participants. This year the jury included one member from the UK: Jesse. He and his fellow jury members nominated the following films alongside Old Boys:
- Fight Girl (Netherland/Germany), directed by Johan Timmers
- Los Bando (Norway/Sweden), directed by Christian Lo
On 5 May 2019, the three nominated films will be screened simultaneously to an audience aged 12 to 14 in 34 countries across Europe and beyond. Under the guidance of experienced film teachers, they can then discuss and exchange their points of view and connect with their peers across Europe. It is this young audience that will then officiate as a jury and vote to elect the winning film at the end of the screenings.
2019 UK screenings are due to take place in Lewes, London and Sheffield (with Lewes Depot, British Film Institute and Showroom Sheffield onboard as partners).
The announcement will be available to watch via livestream and the films will also be available to watch online on a range of streaming platforms.
The EFA Young Audience Award is supported by Creative Europe's Promotion of Audiovisual Works Online scheme.
Find out more on the EFA YAA website.
22 Feb 2019