19 - 24 January - Munich, Germany

PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2018: Next Step Preselection

December 11th 2017 was the deadline for entering submissions into PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2018. Nearly 400 entries from 250 organizations from 59 different countries were submitted. They come from countries that 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 have also received submissions from countries that haven’t participated for many years, like the Ukraine or Venezuela.

End of January an international team of preselectors will be challenged to decide what programmes among all the outstanding works entered will make it into the final round of competition. The 12 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 2018 festival participants.

Some shift in regard to number of entries per category can be observed. While in 2016 most entries went into the 11-15 Years Non-Fiction category, in 2018 the younger category 7-10 Years Non-Fiction received the highest number of entries, with 98 shows competing for the award. The smallest number of submissions was entered into category 11 – 15 Fiction. For the second time PRIX JEUNESSE has a category for short formats of a duration of up to 4 minutes. In 2018, 38 shorts are in the race for the prize.

Like in previous years the variety of programmes is enormous, ranging from animation formats for the youngest pre-school audience to documentaries for teens. But what can be felt: Quite a number of entries refer to this year’s festival theme “Strong Stories for Strong Children – Resilience and Storytelling”.

Besides the competition for TV programmes PRIX JEUNESSE has also called for entries to its Interactivity Prize. 33 interactive projects will compete for this award, consisting of websites, apps, or chat platforms.

Here is the PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2018 preselection jury:

Jan-Willem Bult / Chief Editor at WADADA News for Kids / Netherlands

JAN WILLEM BULT is a creator/ producer/trainer from the Netherlands. Since 2014 he is Head of Children, Youth & Media at Dutch NGO Free Press Unlimited, leading WADADA News for Kids, a cooperation between currently 15 countries worldwide. The 16 years before Jan-Willem has been Creative Head of KRO Youth department and created over 125 programs, series and films for Netherlands Public Broadcasting. Bult has received numerous awards such as PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL, Japan Prize, Dutch Academy Award, Dutch Golden Calf, Cinekid Kinderkast and Prix Danube.

Mariana Cano / Programming manager for Discovery Kids / Mexico

Mariana´s professional journey began in 1998 at Once Niños, a children’s programming block in Canal Once (public TV station), where she did research, programming, production, content development and On air strategy. In 2010 she founded Nao kids, a media company focused on kids production and consulting, where she produced shows and digital projects for kids like “Fans del Planeta” which won the PRIX JEUNESSE Iberoamericano digital award in 2011. Mariana has conducted the creative development of social campaigns that aim to promote reading, environment awareness and citizenship for kids. Currently she is the programming manager for Discovery Kids Mexico.

Christophe Erbes / Children’s Media Consultant / France

Half French and German, Christophe Erbes was a European Kids TV executive (Canal+, SuperRTL, Nickelodeon, Disney) for many years. Now an international children media consultant and host of several conferences (Annecy, APD, Cartoon, GKMC, MipJr), he is also, under the pseudonym Theo de Marcousin, a published kid’s books author, script writer and free-lance project developer – see e.g. his international bestseller OSCAR AND HOO picture books illustrated by Oscar Winner Michael Dudok de Wit, to be released in 2018 as the 52x11' upper preschool animated TV series ELLA, OSCAR & HOO by NORMAAL STUDIO.

Wuan-ling Guo / Section Chief, International Strategy & Communication at Public Television Service / Taiwan

Ms Wuan-ling Guo has been working in the TV industry for more than 20 years. She has been the curator and director for Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) since 2013 and her experience with children’s films has been widely expanded since then. She is also a senior producer for news programs and internationally co-produced documentaries. Her work was screened at Berlin International Film Festival, and has received Best Long Documentary Award at International Gold Panda Documentary Festival in Sichuan, China.

Hitoshi Furukawa / Executive Producer, Children’s Programme at NHK Educational Corporation / Japan

Hitoshi entered NHK in 1990. As a program director and a producer, he was involved in a wide variety of programmes mainly for young adults and children, such as “PythagoraSwitch” which was a PRIX JEUNESSE winner in the category Up to 6 non-fiction, or “Found One” which won in the preschooler’s category of Japan Prize. He has served as a nominator for several international prizes such as Japan Prize and the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award. Hitoshi now is in charge of production of several preschoolers’ programmes.

Monika Gröller / Producer at Text und Bild Medienproduktion / Germany

Monika Gröller (M.A., Master of Arts) is a writer, director and producer of children’s media content at „Text und Bild Medienproduktion“. As commissioning editor for KiKA and BR/ARD, she has developed and produced several fictional and non-fictional children’s TV programmes, including PRIX JEUNESSE 2012 winner “Ene Mene Bu”. Before that, Monika was working for IZI and PRIX JEUNESSE while she studied „Media and Communication“ at the University of Augsburg.

Frederik Hansen / Producer and Partner at OK Monkey / Denmark

Frederik is passionate about producing high quality content for kids in a multi-platform world, always making sure that important stories and meaningful content ends up in the hands of the kids no matter what platform they use. Before starting OK Monkey, he was a producer and editor at DR (The Danish Broadcast Corporation) and was responsible for the development of many new children’s TV-formats and the very popular Danish children’s app, The Ramasjang App.

Dorothee Herrmann / Head of Children’s Entertainment at ZDF / Germany

Dorothee is leading an in-house team at ZDF Children and Youth Department, creating, producing, commissioning and acquiring multi-genre content for ZDF and the German Kinderkanal. Her team supplies on-air and online video for both channels and is producing and co-producing national as well as international programmes. Dorothee is also member of the Kinderkanal steering committee. Dorothee worked as freelance journalist, author and producer, before she joined with ZDF Children and Youth. Since 2002 she is in charge of her current position.

Matthias Huff / Head of Non-Fiction at KiKA / Germany

Born in 1962 in Cologne Dr Matthias Huff is married and father to two children. He completed his doctorate in German Language and Literature Studies at FU Berlin in 1993. From 1989 to 2000 he worked as a TV producer and author, involved in children and youth TV, contemporary issues and culture, at ZDF Berlin. In 2000 he joined the German Kinderkanal KiKA - The children’s channel of ARD and ZDF - filling the position of Head of Non-Fiction.

David Kleeman / Senior VP of Global Trends for Dubit / USA, UK

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.

Norleif Krokmo / Editor at NRK Sapmi / Norway

Norleif Krokmo started his career in media at NRK Sapmi in 1998. During the first years he worked in humour TV programmes, before changing to news and magazine programmes. For a couple of years he concentrated on humour programmes in radio before starting to make children's programmes in 2006. From 2008 to 2016 Norleif worked as editor-in-chief until he started his work as editor in September last year. In his free time Norleif likes to spend his time in nature with fishing, hiking and skiing.

Alison Stewart / Head of CBeebies Production / UK

Alison has worked in Children’s media production for most of her career, first at the BBC and later as a freelance Producer, Director, Scriptwriter and Lyricist. She later returned to the BBC as Executive Producer in CBeebies Production, and moved to her current position seven years ago. CBeebies is the BBC’s pre-school channel, making mixed genre content for children from 0 – 6 years. Alison leads an in house team which creates, develops and produces TV, online, mobile and radio content for the Channel, both for the UK audience and for the international market via co-productions.