JEFFawards

Winners

Professional Jury (ECFA-Jury):
• Best Feature Film: The day my father became a bush by Nicole van Kilsdonk (The Netherlands, 2016)
The jury felt that it was a contemporary, universal tale that touched on the current issues around displacement, civil war and refugeeism without ever feeling weighty and in a fun, upbeat way.
• Best Short Film: Catherine by Britt Raes (Belgium, 2016)
Catherine is a darkly comic animated film that is beautifully directed and reflects a series of life emotions in a very short period of time. It is never afraid to use death as part of the artistic vision, which stayed with us well after the film had ended.
• Honourable Mention: The Kid and the Hedgehog by Marc Riba and Anna Solanas (Spain, 2016)
The jury wanted to give a special mention to The Kid and the Hedgehog due to its thought provoking and engaging sensibility.

Children’s Jury:
• Best Feature Film: Come Along by Igor Šterk (Slovenia, 2016)
Come Along stood out because of the tension and the mystery. The children’s jury is impressed by the acting and the original story line. Furthermore, the use of an open ending is something they have not seen many times before, and fit perfectly within the plot. It is a film that will stay with them for a long time to come.
• Best Short Film: Catherine by Britt Raes (Belgium, 2016)
The children’s jury thought Catherine was humorous but moving story. The use of colour stood out to everyone and was a good fit for the story line, which they considered original and suitable for all ages.

Film Fun in Bed Jury:
• Best Short Film: Jonas and the Sea by Marlies van der Wel (The Netherlands, 2015)

Audience:
• Best Feature Film: The day my father became a bush by Nicole van Kilsdonk (The Netherlands, 2016)

Prizes

Distribution Prize:
In cooperation with Jekino Distribituion, The Youth Film Festival awards a distribution prize to one of the winning feature films in competition. The prize entails that this film will be shown in Flemish cinemas.

Best Feature Film:
In order to support an upcoming film project, the professional jury will award the director of the best feature film a monetary prize from The Youth Film Festival (€2 500).

Best Short Film:
In order to support an upcoming film project, the professional jury will award the director of the best short film a monetary prize from The Youth Film Festival (€1 250).

ECFA award:
The jury of professionals will hand out the ECFA award. Several international film festivals for children and youths in Europe hand out the ECFA award. ECFA stands for European Children’s Film Association. All ECFA-winners are eligible for the general ECFA award, for feature film of the year. The award is handed out by all ECFA members at the Berlinale.

JEFFaward:
All winners receive a JEFFaward designed in the festival theme “sportyJEFF”.

Ketnet’s selection:
Every year, Ketnet also selects several festival films that will be shown on television. These receive the Ketnet’s Selection label. This year, the chosen films are Storm, Cloudboy and Louis & Luca – The Big Cheese Race.