Berlinale Winner 'Sister,' Belgium's 'Blue Bird' and Dutch Feature 'Kauwboy' Nominated for Euro Youth Audience Award

5:58 AM PST 05/15/2012 by Scott Roxborough
Berlinale Film Festival

Young audiences across Europe will vote for the inaugural prize on June 10.

CANNES - Sister from French director Ursula Meier, Belgian drama Blue Bird from director Gust Van den Berghe and Boudewijn Koole's Dutch feature Kauwboy are the nominees for the European Film Academy's inaugural Young Audience Award.

The prize, initiated for the 25th anniversary of the Academy's European Film Awards, is intended to honor European features that appeal to younger audiences, without necessarily being made exclusively for them.

All three nominees come with a strong awards pedigree. Sister won the runner-up Silver Bear for best film at the Berlin Film Festival this year; Kauwboy picked up the best first movie honor from Berlin's Generation Kplus sidebar and Blue Bird won special mention at the Ghent International Film Festival last year.

A European Film Academy jury, made up of Berlin Generation director Maryanne Redpath, Florence Dupont, artistic director of the Sancy Film Festival for Young People and Jerzy Moszkowicz, director of Poland's International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino, picked the three nominees.

The Academy will screen all three films to a young audience of 10-13 year-olds on June 10 in the European cities of Amsterdam, Belgrade, Copenhagen, Erfurt, Norrköping and Turin. The audience will act as jury and vote for the winner right after the screenings. The award ceremony will be held the same day in Erfurt, Germany.

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