gstanbul teens to vote for European youth movie award

Istanbul is participating in a pan-European, youth-oriented cinema event this weekend when it takes part for the first time in the Young Audience Film Day, organized by the European Film Academy (EFA), which also hands out the prestigious EFA Awards.

Aimed at teenagers between the ages of 12 and 14, the daylong event offers three European feature films back-to-back in simultaneous screenings held across all participating cities, after which the kids vote for a winner.

This year marks the fourth edition of the Young Audience Film Day, set for Sunday in 25 cities including Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Budapest, London, Prizren, Sofia, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Turin and Zagreb.

The three nominated films are “My Skinny Sister,” a Swedish-German film directed by Sanna Lenken “The Invisible Boy,” by Italy’s Gabriele Salvatores and “You’re Ugly Too” from Ireland’s Mark Noonan.

The Istanbul program will be held at the Cinemaximum Meydan movie theater and screenings will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The audience will vote for the winner right after the screenings. Jury speakers will then transmit the national results live via video conference to Germany, where the winner will be announced in an award ceremony streamed live on the awards’ website. The winner will receive a European Film Awards statuette.