The YAA is the Young Audience Award, presented to the best European film for young people each year, as chosen by youth juries from all over Europe. At the YAA event on Sunday May 5th 2019, panels of young people (aged 12-14) from across Europe will meet in their local venues, watch and discuss films, and vote on their favourite.
For the 2019 awards, there were meet-ups on February 24th and April 27th at the Irish Film Institute to pick a panel, and the main event took place on Sunday the 5th of May.
This year’s competition films are below. To stream the films online, click HERE
Flight Girl (Vechtmeisje)
Director: Johan Timmers
Film Info: 84 mins, The Netherlands-Belgium, 2019, Digital, Subtitled
When her parents end up in an acrimonious divorce, the headstrong, highly volatile Bo (12) moves to an Amsterdam suburb with her mother and brother. Once there, her neighbour, Joy, introduces her to the kickboxing club. She demonstrates natural talent and is very soon taking part in the Dutch championships, but her parents divorce is distracting Bo and threatens to ruin the contest. Bo has to learn restraint and accept that she can’t control everything.
Director: Christian Lo
Film Info: 94 mins, Sweden, 2019, Digital, Subtitled
Los Bando is a crazy road movie about a young band from Norway who set out on a journey across the country to attend the National Championship of Rock in a race against time, the police and their parents.
Director: Toby MacDonald
Film Info: 95 mins, UK-Sweden, 2019, Digital
‘Survival of the fittest’ is the philosophy at all boys boarding school Caldermount. If you’re not a champion on the sports field, you’re a nobody. No one knows this better than bookworm Amberson, who’s been at the bottom of the school’s social ladder since he can remember. When the French teacher’s fiery daughter Agnes arrives, Amberson’s life is turned upside down. He suddenly finds himself playing matchmaker for the school’s handsome but spectacularly dim school-hero. Will Amberson have the courage to reveal himself to Agnes and stand up for who he really is?
STREAM ALL THREE FILMS HERE
This initiative is supported by Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office.
A HIDDEN LIFE
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME JANUARY 2020: PROG 1
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (WILD STRAWBERRIES)
THE NEW MUSIC (IRISH FOCUS)
THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD
13.00 (OC) ,18.10, 20.40
The IFI is supported by The Arts Council