PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020 Preselection

PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020 Preselection: Meet the Jurors

An international team of pre-selectors decides on the finalists

December 11th 2019 was the deadline for entering submissions into PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020. We have received 400 programme entries from almost 300 organisations from 56 different countries. Some of these countries have a long and successful history of sending programmes into the competition like for example the UK or the Netherlands. But we are excited to receive submissions from countries that haven’t participated in previous years, like Hungary or Jamaica.

In mid-January an international team of pre-selectors will face the challenge to decide what programmes among all the outstanding works entered will make it into the final round of competition. The nine leading experts in children’s media will come together for six days at the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation in Munich. In long screening sessions and discussions it will be their task to put together a fine and inspiring selection that represents highest quality in children’s television worldwide, and will serve as inspiration for fruitful discussions among the PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020 festival participants.

The list of the finalist programmes of PRIX JEUNESSE 2020 will be published on this website beginning of February.

Meet our team of PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020 pre-selectors

Jenny Buckland
Jenny Buckland
Jenny Buckland is the CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Jenny has played a key role in positioning the ACTF as a national children’s media and policy hub, and growing the business to become one of the most successful international marketers of children’s television programs. It was Jenny who originally floated the proposal for an Australian children’s digital television channel, which culminated in the establishment of ABC3 in 2009. Formerly the General Manager and Marketing Manager of the ACTF, Jenny has extensive experience in television distribution, business, financial and legal affairs.

Jan-Willem Bult
Jan-Willem Bult

Jan-Willem Bult is a multiple awarded international film and tv maker from the Netherlands.

His productions in children’s media are known by his philosophy ‘Children in the Centre’ that is based on a strong belief in the autonomy of children and anarchy in content.
His current positions are: Director of the Children in the Centre foundation (fka JWBfoundation); Head of Children, Youth & Media at Dutch NGO Free Press Unlimited; Chief Editor of ‘WADADA News for Kids’, the global cooperation network of tailor-made news for children and youth in currently 21 countries worldwide; Series Editor of the international drama shortfilm series ‘The Day I Became Strong’; Creative Producer of the international animation series ‘Pokkibonsi’.

Bult just finished directing and producing a series of 4 short documentaries about 4 young entrepreneurs in 4 African countries: Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and South Africa.
Before 2014 Jan-Willem Bult was the Creative Head of KRO Netherlands Public Broadcasting for 16 years in which he created and produced over 125 films, programs and series and was the head of several terrestrial and digital channels.

His work has expanded now to over 65 countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.


Lin Hsiao Pei
Lin Hsiao Pei
Lin Hsiao Pei has over 25 years of experience in children’s programme production. She was researcher, producer and head of the children & youth section of Public Television Service and director of the programme department of Hakka TV in Taiwan. Her works as a producer have been screened at many film festivals and were awarded with the Asian Television Award and the Prize of the Chicago International Children’s Film festival.

Matthias Huff
Matthias Huff
Matthias Huff completed his doctorate in German Language and Literature Studies at FU Berlin in 1993. From 1989 to 2000 Matthias worked as a TV producer, author and reporter at ZDF Berlin, involved in news programmes such as “heute” and also in children’s and youth programmes such as “logo!” and “pur+”. In the year 2000 he joined KiKA, the German children’s channel of ARD and ZDF, filling the position of Head of Nonfiction.

David Kleeman
David Kleeman
Strategist, analyst, author, speaker, connector — David Kleeman has led the children’s media industry in developing sustainable, kid-friendly practices for more than 30 years. He began this work as president of the American Center for Children and Media and is now Senior VP of Global Trends for Dubit, a strategy/research consultancy and digital studio. David is also advisory board chair to PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, and on Boards of the National Association for Media Literacy Education and Children’s Media Association.

Mónica Maruri
Mónica Maruri
Mónica Maruri is a journalist and TV producer with 30 years of experience in the creation of printed, radio and audiovisual educational content in Ecuador. Monica has been a pioneer in the development of TV as a medium for distance education and edu-entertainment. As Manager of EDUCA she has managed to distinguish its contents with several international awards, including the JAPAN PRIZE 2017. Other experiences outside the media include higher education, as dean in the faculty of communication at the UEES University.

Martina Pestaj
Martina Pestaj
Martina Pestaj is the Head of Children’s and Youth Programme at RTV Slovenija where she has worked for a number of years as a creator, editor, and script writer. As a media psychologist and TV expert she regularly collaborates with the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education on various cultural and art programmes in the field of media education. She gives lectures about children, TV, film, and internet, publishes articles and participates in research projects.

Nils Stokke
Nils Stokke
Nils Stokke is founder and CEO of Spark, an indie production company based in Oslo. He has developed and is the producer of several award winning shows including “Bo Bear” and “King of Gulset”. Nils started his career at the entertainment department at NRK and was announced head of NRK Children (NRK Super) in 2009, a position he held for four years. He holds an MBA from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) and an MA in Media Studies from New York University.

Irene Wellershoff
Irene Wellershoff
Dr. Irene Wellershoff started out as an author of documentaries and created the pre-school show “Siebenstein”, which has been running for over 30 years. Irene’s department has commissioned and coproduced numerous short and long formats, animation and live-action series, movies and fairytale adaptations for ages 2-13. Her programmes have won many awards, among them the PRIX JEUNESSE and Grimme Preis. Irene has held international workshops and was a moderator of the moderator’s at PRIX JEUNESSE.
PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020 Preselection
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