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Nordic countries win big at Prix Jeunesse

Productions from Norway, Denmark and Finland earned six prizes at the May 30 ceremony in Munich, with Norway’s ZombieLars (pictured) taking home two.
June 4, 2018

ZombieLars, a dramedy for kids created by Norwegian producer Tordenfilm AS, took home two Prix Jeunesse International awards at this year’s ceremony in Munich, Germany, making it the big winner of the night. But it wasn’t the only Nordic content bringing home the hardware, as six awards in total were handed to productions from Norway, Denmark and Finland during the May 30 ceremony.

More than 500 children’s TV experts attended the biannual festival that ran from May 25 to 30, judging the outstanding children and youth programs from the last two years.

ZombieLars won for best fiction in the 11 to 15 category from the expert judges, while also winning the same prize from the international youth jury. Meanwhile, fellow Norwegian production Songfoni, from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, won best non-fiction in the up to six category and Bo Bear by Norway’s Spark AS won the Prix Jeunesse Theme Prize. Rounding out the region’s winners were The Handball Mission from Denmark’s DR Ultra in the seven to ten non-fiction category and Mental by Finland’s YLE for the Interactivity prize.

The UK also racked up three wins with My Life: Born to Blog from Blakeway North in the 11 to 15 non-fiction category, Revolting Rhymes from Magic Light Pictures in the seven to 10 fiction category and Jamie Johnson by Short Form Film Company in the German Children’s jury’s seven to 10 fiction category.

The full list of winners is below:

Category 11 – 15 Non-Fiction:

MY LIFE: BORN TO VLOG

Blakeway North, United Kingdom

Category 11 – 15 Fiction:

ZOMBIELARS

Tordenfilm AS, Norway

Category 7 – 10 Non-Fiction:

THE HANDBALL MISSION

DR Ultra, Denmark

Category 7 – 10 Fiction:

REVOLTING RHYMES

Magic Light Pictures, United Kingdom

Category Up to 6 Non-Fiction:

SONGFONI

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Norway

Category Up to 6 Fiction:

PHYTHAGORASWITCH: THE MARBLE BROTHER’S GREAT ADVENTURE!

NHK, Japan

PRIX JEUNESSE Theme Prize:

BO BEAR

Spark AS, Norway

UNESCO Special Prize:

POLSKA WARRIOR

Armadillo Film, Netherlands

UNICEF Special Prize:

KRISTJAN

Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO), Slovenia

Gender Equity Prize:

FIRST DAY

Epic Films, Australia

German Children’s Jury 7 – 10 Non-Fiction:

WORLD TOUR GERMANY

WDR, Germany

German Children’s Jury 7 – 10 Fiction:

JAMIE JOHNSON

Short Form Film Company, United Kingdom

International Youth Jury, Category 11 – 15 Non-Fiction:

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO EXPERIENCE A DISABILITY

ABC ME, Australia

International Youth Jury, Category 11 – 15 Fiction:

ZOMBIE LARS

Tordenfilm AS, Norway

Interactivity Prize:

MENTAL

YLE, Finland

Shorts Prize:

CANADOODADAY

HeartHat Entertainment, Canada

Heart Prize:

SISTER

Vietnam Television (VTV7), Vietnam

Special Achievement Prize:

Series: BABY ON THE WAY

Initiated by EBS, South Korea

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Alexandra Whyte is Kidscreen's Senior Online Writer/Social Media Coordinator. Contact her at awhyte@brunico.com

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