Youth Jury

The IFFG Youth Jury was formed in 2020. The IFFG gives local young people the opportunity to have their say during the festival. The young viewers watch 8 selected films and then cast their votes. The film that receives the most votes from the Youth Jury wins the Youth Jury Award. 

The Youth Jury members are selected beforehand based on their interest in, commitment to, and involvement with the world of film. During the festival they not only watch a wide range of films, but also get to take a look behind the scenes. They meet filmmakers, guest speakers and actors, and in so doing widen their knowledge and are better able to determine which film deserves the Youth Jury Award.

Youth Jury
Youth Jury
Youth Jury
Youth Jury

Sophie Buizert
Student Political Science and Government
Leiden University

Elisa Westerlaken
Lyceum Oudehoven Gorinchem

Luna Verheij
Student Communication
Hogeschool Utrecht

Pim van den Dool
Student Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Design
Utrecht University

Youth Jury
Youth Jury
Youth Jury
Are you between 14 and 21 years old and do you think it's super cool to watch movies (and to be able to speak your mind about it as well)? Then register with Sabine Taal! You can also contact her for more info. 

Sam van Wijgerden
Student Political Science and Government
Leiden University

Zelie Hulshof
Gymnasium Camphusianum
Gorinchem

Demi Drost
Student Visual Design/Animation
Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam

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Youth Jury
Youth Jury Award 2021 goes to Canción sin Nombre

On Sunday evening, April 18, the representatives of the youth jury announced that the film Canción sin Nombre by Peruvian director Melina León has won the Youth Jury Award IFFG 2021.

The story takes you to the Peru of 1988, a time of great political and financial unrest, hyperinflation and terrorist violence. The left-wing guerrilla movement "Shining Path" is just emerging.

Georgina Condori is a pregnant Andean peasant woman who lives in a bare wooden hut in one of the coastal slums near the capital, Lima.

She is lured into town by a radio ad promising free "medical assistance". So she gives birth to her baby in a clinic in the city center. But the staff are taking her newborn daughter, ostensibly for routine checkups. It changes her life forever.

Pim van den Dool, representative of the youth jury, about their choice: "The film moved us deeply, the story will linger for a long time. But it is precisely the way of film, the special cinematography and the strong acting of Georgina Condori, actress Pamela Mendoza, that make us highly appreciated the film. An impressive film made with conviction and great passion by Melina León ".

Special mention No Hard Feelings
It was a "close finish" to number 2, director Faraz Shariat's film No Hard Feelings (original title Futur Drei), fellow jury member Demi Drost reported. "We found this film so refreshing, so smooth with also strong acting. The film immediately captivates you, from start to finish, "said Demi.