PRIX JEUNESSE promotes, celebrates and honors the highest quality in children’s and youth television.

For the PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2022 competition, we invite distributors (e.g., channels, streaming companies) and production companies to send their outstanding works.


  • top-quality television aimed at 2 – 15 year olds;
  • the best of the best of the last two years: the most innovative, special and/or risky formats;
  • content that surprises and pushes borders, or offers a fresh or outstanding take on a classic genre;
  • shows for children and young people, not about them.

Series that have been selected as finalists in previous years are unlikely to make it through preselection, unless they have changed substantially.

Please note: While only about one in six entries can be forwarded to the final competition, all entries deemed to be of high quality will be included in the PRIX JEUNESSE Catalogue, which is circulated worldwide as a yearbook of excellence.

Entries do not necessarily have to be related to the festival theme.


Entries may have been distributed via either a “push” or a “pull” medium:

  • “Push” includes any platform that sends out content on a regularly-scheduled timetable (e.g., broadcast, cable, satellite and digital TV channels; internet or mobile services that stream content at particular times and in set order);
  • “Pull” includes platforms with content libraries available for on-demand streaming or download. Eligibility is limited to providers that upload at least 15 videos per month with sustained high viewership (approximately 200.000 subscribers or views for each upload) and professional production standards.

The festival management has the final decision about eligibility.

Joint organizations:

Individual channels that are members of a national association of telecasters (e.g., ARD/Germany) can enter separately as long as the member produces its own programmes on a regular basis.


If one company operates multiple channels within a country, individual channels may enter only if they are separately managed and programmed, not if it simply retransmits or repurposes content from another channel.

Production Companies:

An independent production house may enter its own work with permission of the initial telecaster or other distributor, if that company/organization is not also entering the work.

Regardless of platform or entrant type, an entry must have been commissioned or co-produced (meaning substantial creative input, not simply financial investment) by the entering company, not acquired or repurposed from others’ work.


2.1. Main TV Categories

  • 11 – 15 Years Non-Fiction
  • 11 – 15 Years Fiction
  • 7 – 10 Years Non-Fiction
  • 7 – 10 Years Fiction
  • Up to 6 Years Non-Fiction
  • Up to 6 Years Fiction
Non‑Fiction:Documentaries, science, natural science, magazine programmes (these may include some fictional narrative segments), “reality” series, games or music programmes.
Fiction:Scripted stories such as dramas, sitcoms, etc.

Entry limits

For broadcasters: 80 minutes in total.
For production companies:1 production, maximum length 60 minutes.

(Entries coming from a production company must be accompanied by signed confirmation from the broadcaster/distributor that initial transmission took place within the time-frame stated in the rules).

Programmes must be

  • minimum four minutes (except for “Shorts” category); maximum 60 minutes;
  • first transmitted, scheduled for transmission, or made widely available (in case of pull media) between 1 January 2020 and 31 May 2022;
  • either produced in-house, commissioned or co-produced (meaning substantial creative input, not simply financial investment) by the entering organization; they may not be acquired, repackaged or repurposed;
  • full programmes, not excerpted items or segments, entered as they were broadcast or uploaded;
  • limited to one episode per series;
  • subtitled, voiced-over or dubbed in English (even English-language programmes must be submitted with English subtitles, at latest when they reach the final round of competition).

PRIX JEUNESSE does not accept

  • programmes that violate the principles of the General Declaration of Human Rights;
  • programmes that incorporate advertising or product placement in their content.

If multiple organizations enter the same series (whether the same or different episodes), they will be asked by the festival organizers to decide on only one of the entries.

2.2. Shorts category

Broadcasters and production companies can enter their best short videos of the last two years. Up to two entries are allowed per organization/company.

Programmes must be

  • maximum four minutes long (including credits);
  • first transmitted, scheduled for transmission, or made widely available (in case of pull media) between 1 January 2020 and 31 May 2022;
  • limited to one episode per series;
  • subtitled, voiced-over or dubbed in English (even English-language programmes must be submitted with English subtitles, at latest when they reach the final round of competition).


3.1. Main TV Categories

An international pre-selection committee will choose the finalist programmes from all entries, using criteria similar to those used in the final competition.

All festival entries (agreed in pre-selection to be of high standard) will be listed in the PRIX JEUNESSE 2021/2022 Catalogue “Quality in Children’s TV Worldwide.” TV programmes that don’t make it into the final round of competition will be presented at the festival in the PRIX JEUNESSE Media Bar. 

The main TV prizes will be decided during the PRIX JEUNESSE festival week, out of all finalist programmes.

PRIX JEUNESSE works with a peer review system: Any attending professional involved with children and media is invited to vote in the main prize categories, under the following terms:


  • may choose to vote in one, some or all categories;
  • must watch every programme in the selected category/categories;
  • may not vote on any entry for which they or their organization had creative input.

Each organization attending PRIX JEUNESSE is limited to a maximum of three voters per category.

Participants who don’t want to vote are welcome at all screenings and discussions as ‘observers’.

For reasons of fairness and equal opportunity, general distribution of promotional material on finalist programmes during the contest is not allowed.

3.2. Shorts Category

A preselection jury will decide on the ten finalists. The final decision for the TV Shorts prize will be taken at the PRIX JEUNESSE Festival during a special session, through voting by all session participants.


are in most cases awarded on the last day of the contest:


is awarded to the highest-rated pro­gramme in each of the main TV categories.

PRIX JEUNESSE “2022 Theme Prize”

is awarded to a programme which by its specific use of music and sound presents the great potential of these elements for the benefit of the child. The PRIX JEUNESSE moderators select the Theme Prize winner out of all finalists across all categories.

PRIX JEUNESSE Children’s and Youth Jury Prizes

are awarded by the German children’s jury in the categories 7 – 10 Fiction and 7 – 10 Non-Fiction, and by the international youth jury in categories 11 – 15 Fiction and 11 – 15 Non-Fiction.

UNESCO Special Prize

is awarded to a programme that convincingly promotes a better under­standing of different cultures, and encourages youth to be open-minded and to communicate in the spirit of true partnership.

PRIX JEUNESSE “Gender Equity Prize”

is awarded to the programme with the most innovative approach to gender representation. A special jury of gender experts will award this prize out of all finalist programmes across all categories.


is awarded to the programme that most touches the heart, by vote of the festival participants.


is presented at a special session during the competition week; all festival participants are invited to screen the 10 finalists and vote on the winner.

The PRIX JEUNESSE Special Achievement Award

is presented to an initiative that has resulted in significant, positive developments within the children’s media landscape in its world region, during the two years leading up to the PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL festival.

The members of the PRIX JEUNESSE International Advisory Board will form the final jury for this prize.

Nominations can be made to the PRIX JEUNESSE office: Please include a description of the initiative as well as a short statement (up to 250 words) about why it deserves the prize.


For Preselection: 9 December 2021 

>> 1 programme entry form

>> 3 still images, for use free of charge, jpeg, minimum 300 dpi (to:

>> Upload of a digital high bandwidth broadcast HD format of English-subtitled/-voiced or dubbed programme entry, with at least 25Mbit/s and the following minimum video compressions:

  • dvcproHD, HDV
  • every kind of XDcam (HD, HD422, EX), XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP (Sony)
  • every kind of AVC-I, AVC-Ultra, AVC-LongG (Panasonic)

Accepted high bandwidth broadcast audio compressions:

  • AES uncompressed, every sample rate, every bit depth
  • PCM uncompressed, every sample rate, every bit depth
  • DolbyE or other data tracks are accepted on track 3 or higher but will not be used for screening or presentation

Accepted high bandwidth broadcast containers:

  • mxf (op1a only) – preferred container!
  • mov
  • mp4

English subtitles have to be integrated (burned in) into the image.

We only accept ONE file containing video and audio!

If your bandwidth is too low to upload a broadcast-format, you can also upload a high compressed file with following minimum technical requirements:

  • Video: deinterlaced, square pixels, 1080 lines, compression h.264, we recommend at least 10 Mbit/s.
  • Audio: 1 stereo track (may contain 2 times the same mono), compression aac, at least 192 kbit/s.
  • Containers: mov or mp4.

Once we have received your online registration form, we will contact you with a link and instructions to upload your entry.

Finalists will be notified by beginning of February 2022.

For Finalists: 2 March 2022

>> 1 English script (dialogue list or audio transcription) with time-code, in digital format, sent in Word, Excel or other open formats (no PDF!) to: 

>> Even English-speaking programmes must be submitted with English subtitles.

Deadline for Personal Registration: 20 May 2022                       


With regard to the entered programme, the entrant grants to the PRIX JEUNESSE Foundation free of charge the non-exclusive rights, unlimited in place, time and content, for utilisation of the programme as a whole and/or in excerpts for non-commercial public screening in the framework of PRIX JEUNESSE events, educational, research and training purposes (for example in the PRIX JEUNESSE Suitcase) and transmission on television (excerpts of up to 2 minutes). Those are in particular the

  • transmission rights (only for excerpts of up to two minutes)
  • right to duplicate and disseminate
  • right of making available to the public (only for excerpts of up to two minutes)
  • right to public screening
  • right to archive the programme
  • right to edit and to promote,
  • right for printing and ancillary printing,
  • right to making available for screening on a password-protected, on-demand streaming platform, for a limited time frame of six months (January – June 2022), with login details only for juries and registered festival participants, especially in case of a virtual PRIX JEUNESSE edition
  • right to transfer those rights to third parties.


  • Claims made by third parties are to be resolved by entrants.
  • Submission of a registration request constitutes agreement with the contest rules.
  • Voting results are final, and recourse to legal action is precluded.



The formal discussion groups are the core element of the festival for learning how other people and cultures think about children’s television, and for comparing reactions to the finalist programmes.

Discussions follow the screenings of each category. They are held in English, with some support for at least one other language (Spanish or German) in most groups.

The moderators summarise and compare their groups’ views in two plenary sessions.


on the PRIX JEUNESSE 2022 festival theme “Listen to Kids TV: The Power of Sound” will be held during the festival week, in the form of info sessions, 5-minute lectures and “Guessing Games.”


for personal viewing of entries not nominated as finalists. Finalist pro­grammes are available after their scheduled screening.


will be offered a tour of the premises and a “rough guide” to making the most of their time at the festival. The tour is scheduled for the morning of the opening day.

Plenty of opportunities for


at receptions, parties and a gala award ceremony.


There are no programme entry or participant registration fees.

Deadline for programme entries: 9 December 2021

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