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From 25 to 30 May 2018, the world of children’s TV is going to meet at the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation in Munich, Germany, where the PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, the world’s biggest and oldest festival for children’s and youth TV, is going to take place. Since 2014 the PRIX JEUNESSE awards the “Gender Equity Prize” to programmes with the most innovative way of gender representation.

The jury, international experts on gender research, decided on the following three programmes to be nominated for this prize (listed in alphabetical order):

FIRST DAY

Epic Films, Australia, 18 min.
Target audience: 8 – 12 years

Hannah sits with her mother waiting to hear if she’s been accepted into Hillview High. When Hillview’s Principal gives her the good news, Hannah is both excited and relieved. As a 12-year-old transgender girl who’s been presenting as male at Primary School, Hillview represents a fresh start and a chance to be her true self. But as the first day of High School approaches, she becomes nervous. Hannah summons the courage to arrive at Hillview in her new girls’ school uniform. It doesn’t take long for her to make friends, and she grows in confidence. It’s then that Isabella, a bully from Primary School, arrives at Hillview. Hannah’s worst fears have been realised. When she tries calling her Mum and there’s no answer, Hannah realises she needs to deal with the situation on her own. It takes all of her newfound confidence to stand up to Isabella and show her that she’s proud of who she is.

JAMIE JOHNSON

Short Form Film Company, UK, 28 min.
Target audience: 6 – 12 years

”Jamie Johnson” is about a dream. 12-year-old boy’s and girl’s dreams of becoming a famous footballer and what it takes to make that dream come true. The series focuses mainly on Jamie and the different challenges he encounters at home, in his personal friendships and at school. Does he have the maturity to leave his personal problems in the locker room, focus on the game and make his dreams of being scouted a reality?

EPISODE 8 - THEY THINK IT’S ALL OVER

Jack, the only female in the team, is desperate to come out of goal and play in midfield but finds she has to work twice as hard as anyone else to prove her worth to head coach, Hansard. Jack ultimately goes on to succeed but in this episode, has her frustration and friendships left Jamie’s dreams in ruins?

MY LIFE BORN TO VLOG

Blakeway North, United Kingdom, 28 min.
Target audience: 10 – 15 years

Nikki Lilly is not your average social media star and not your average girl. Her rare, life threatening medical condition, means she has a facial disfigurement and is constantly in and out of hospital and because of this she has missed loads of school. She was effectively a prisoner in her own home, so to reconnect with the world she decided - with her parents on board - to start a vlog. Now, three years later, due to her honestly, humour and charm she is an international hit with a global following. Her ”My Brother does my Makeup” vlog has had over 4 million views. We followed her across the summer as she travels to Denver for medical treatment and keeps up her vlog, as well as becoming a contestant and eventual winner of the BBC’s Junior Bake Off. Transmission was scheduled to coincide with Safer Internet Day so we included tips on how to stay safe online.