Juries of the ECFA visit European children’s and youth film festivals throughout the year to honor outstanding films with the ECFA Award. This award qualifies the selected films for the annual competition for the “Best European Children’s Film of the Year”. The award will be conferred during the Berlin International Film Festival.

Barbara Jurgens (Netherlands) 
Screenwriter, Children’s book writer   
Monika Pindziak-Dutkiewicz (Poland)
Festival organizer, Lawyer
Sérgio Marques (Portugal) 
Cinema curator, Producer
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Barbara Jurgens studied film and theatre at the University of Amsterdam and has written children’s books and scripts for numerous films and series. She works with different genres, but especially loves to write for children and teenagers. Her latest film, VECHTMEISJE (FIGHT GIRL), directed by Johan Timmers, won the EFA Young Audience Award 2018 for the best European Youth Film. 

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Monika Pindziak-Dutkiewicz has been working at the KINOLUB children’s film festival since its foundation in 2015. She is part of the selection committee and also provides legal advice. From 2008 – 2014 she organized the Galicja Film Festival for Children (FFDD). A graduate in Law and Economics from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Krakow Business School, she works as a legal advisor, especially in the area of copyright and commercial law. She advises non-profit organizations in the fields of film and cultural education, especially for children and teenagers. 

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For more than 20 years, Sérgio Marques has been working on projects to make film accessible to young and new audiences. His non-profit organization works with experts in the arts, film, education, and science, as well as activists and social workers, on inclusive cinema projects in Portugal. Marques is the author of the Cinema Insuflável project, a travelling cinema for children that brings international films to places and communities throughout Portugal and encourages critical viewing and film education.