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Wolfwalkers named among three films nominated for EFA Young Audience Award 2021
10 Mar 2021 : News Desk
Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s animated feature Wolfwalkers has been selected alongside Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio, and Johanne Helgeland’s The Crossing for this year’s EFA Young Audience Award.

Wolfwalkers is the third animated feature from two-time Academy Award©-nominee Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart (ParaNorman, Song of the Sea). The film is co-produced by Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon and Melusine Productions, and Variety has tipped it for winning the Best Animated Film Oscar this year.

The Apple Original film is directed by Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart and written by Will Collins (Song of the Sea). Paul Young, Nora Twomey, Tomm Moore, and Stéphan Roelants serve as producers.

The EFA Young Audience Award invites 12-14-year-olds across Europe to join the international jury, watch three nominated films and vote for the winner of the Young Audience Award 2021. The Irish wing of the juries panel is done in association with the Irish Film Institute (IFI) and the Junior Galway Film Fleadh.

The nominations were again chosen in a two-step procedure: An international committee consisting of EFA Board Member Graziella Bildesheim (producer/Italy) and experts Levan Dvali (Taoba International Youth Film Festival/Georgia), Nicola Jones (Goldener Spatz/Germany), Dimitris Spyrou (Olympia Children's Film Festival/Greece) and Annelot Tijs (Eye Film Institute/Netherlands) pre-selected eight films. 

jury of 13-to-14-year-old former YAA participants Matteo (Italy), Marta (Croatia), Anissa (UK), Zofia (Poland), and Vasileios (Greece) then watched these eight films and chose the three nominations. 

The three nominated films will be screened to juries aged between 12 and 14-years-old in 38 countries including most EU nations, as well as Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Greenland, Kosovo, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.

In all of these countries, the EFA Young Audience Award offers young participants the opportunity to discover high-quality European films - in cinema theatres where possible, online where not. Under the guidance of experienced film educators, they get to discuss and exchange their views, and to connect with their peers across Europe.

And it is the young audience that will act as a jury and vote for the winner who will be announced in an award ceremony on April 25th, hosted again by former YAA jury member Ivana Noa (Belgium). The ceremony will be streamed live on yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu, a special website that offers further information about the nominated films and the participating cities.
The EFA Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). 

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