‘Nono, the Zig Zag Kid’ wins the European Youth Film Competition

‘Nono, the Zig Zag Kid’ wins the European Youth Film Competition
Publicity photo; Isabella Rossellini in one of the main roles in the winning film
07-05-2013 A+ A-
May 5 marked the conclusion of this year’s European Youth Film Competition where Dutch director Vincent Bal’s adventure film ‘Nono, the Zig Zag Kid’ came best of three works selected for the final. Members of the young audience in Latvia participated in voting for the first time.

In collaboration with European Film Awards, the European Youth Film Day was an event held nine European cities at once, including Riga, where, in cinema ‘Splendid Palace,’ three films were offered for viewing. Entire audience of the screenings was invited to become the youth jury of European Film Academy and name their winner. Young people aged 12 to 14 voted on three competing films – the winning ‘Nono, the Zig Zag Kid,’ Patrice Leconte’s animation ‘The Suicide Shop’ and German director Bernd Sahling’s film ‘Kopfüber’ not only in Riga, but also in Copenhagen, Denmark; Erfurt, Germany; Isola, Slovenia; London, Great Britain; Sofia, Bulgaria; Turin, Italy; Valetta, Malt; and Wroclaw, Poland. 

Discussions of all the films were held prior to voting. In Riga, this forum was moderated by musician and anchor of TV3 program ‘Kinomānija’ Kaspars Zlidnis. Altogether 600 young people voted for their favorite film in nine cities, and the screenings ended in video conferenced drawing of the results. The winner was announced in Erfurt, where German members of the jury Lisa (14) and Neal (13) presented the prize to Vincent Bal who thanked the juries in all the participating cities, the creative team of his film, his family, and especially his children in live video address.

This was already second such event in Europe, organized in Riga by the National Film Center and eight of its partners in the participant countries.

Trailer of ‘Nono, the Zig Zag Kid’:


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