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PRIX JEUNESSE International explores and celebrates the highest quality television programs aimed at 2 – 15 year olds. The festival is intended for shows for children and young people, not about them.
In inviting channels and production companies to send their outstanding works, PRIX JEUNESSE also desires to uncover and feature new trends and innovation in children’s programming. For this reason, series that have been submitted in previous years are unlikely to make it through preselection, unless they have changed substantially.

While only about one-sixth of all entries can be forwarded to the final competition, all entries deemed to be age of high quality will be included in the PRIX JEUNESSE Catalogue, which is circulated worldwide as a yearbook of excellence.
Entries do not necessarily have to be related to the festival theme.


Entries must have been distributed via a “push” medium – any platform that sends out content on its own regularly-scheduled timetable. That includes broadcast, cable, satellite and digital TV channels; internet or mobile services that stream content at particular times and in set order.

Individual channels that are members of a national association of telecasters (e.g., ARD/Germany) can enter separately as long as they offer at least one hour per week of children’s programming that is unique from the other associated channels.

If one company operates multiple channels within a country, individual channels may enter separately only if they are separately managed and programmed, not if the channel simply retransmits or repurposes content from another channel.

An independent production house may enter its own work if it is not submitted by the initial telecaster or other distributor, with the distributor’s permission.
Regardless of platform or entrant type, an entry must have been commissioned or co-produced (meaning substantial creative input, not simply financial investment) by the entering company, not acquired or repurposed from others’ work.


For telecasters: 80 minutes per telecaster
For production houses: 1 production, maximum length 60 minutes. Entries coming directly from a production house must be accompanied by signed confirmation from the telecaster/distributor of initial transmission within the time-frame stated in the rules.


must be
• either produced in-house, home-commissioned or co-produced (meaning substantial creative input, not simply financial investment) by the entering organization; they may not be acquired, repackaged or repurposed;
• minimum four minutes long; maximum 60 minutes long
• transmitted or scheduled to be transmitted for the first time between 1 June 2012 and 31 May 2014;
• full programmes, with opening and end credits, no magazine items;
• entered as they were broadcast;
• limited to one episode per series;
• subtitled, voiced-over or dubbed in English. We strongly recommend subtitling even for original English programmes!

PRIX JEUNESSE does not accept
• school programs;
• programs that violate the principles of the General Declaration of Human Rights;
• programs that incorporate advertising or product placement in their content.
If two or more entries from one serial are entered by different broadcasters, the broadcasters will be asked by the festival organizers to decide on only one of the episodes.


1. Up to 6 Fiction
2. Up to 6 Non-Fiction
3. 7—11 Fiction
4. 7—11 Non-Fiction
5. 12—15 Fiction & Non-Fiction
Fiction: Scripted stories such as dramas, sitcoms, etc.
Non-fiction: Magazine programmes, documentaries, science, natural science, and games or music programmes (these may include some fictional narrative segments).


An international pre-selection committee will choose the finalist programmes out of all entries, using criteria similar to those used in the final competition. During the final competition all participants are invited to jointly select the winners according to a specific voting system (see below).


Professionals involved with children and media are invited to participate as voters or observers. While voters will jointly select the winners, observers are invited to take part in all PRIX JEUNESSE activities except voting


Any participant may vote to select the PRIX JEUNESSE winners. Each organization, however, is limited to
• six voters in all;
• two voters in each age group

• Voters may choose to vote in one, some or all categories;
• must watch every programme in the selected category/categories
• may not vote on any entry for which they or their organization had creative input.
For reasons of fairness and equal opportunity, general distribution of promotional material on finalist programmes during the contest is not allowed.


are awarded on the last day of the contest:


is awarded to the highest-rated programme in each category.

PRIX JEUNESSE “2014 Theme Prize”

is awarded to the special or innovative programme that best helps children constructively experience or deal with their emotions.

PRIX JEUNESSE Children's and Youth Jury Prizes

are awarded by the German children’s jury in the categories 7—11 Fiction and 7—11 Non-Fiction and by the international children’s jury in category 12—15.

Special Prizes

are awarded by UNICEF and UNESCO.

PRIX JEUNESSE Children's and Youth Jury Prizes

are awarded by the German children’s jury in the categories 7—11 Fiction and 7—11 Non-Fiction and by the international children’s jury in category 12—15.


is awarded to the programme that most touches the heart, by vote of the delegates.

Interactivity Prize

For the 2014 PRIX JEUNESSE, there will be two elements to the Interactivity Prize:
In keeping with the 2014 festival theme of “Feelings in Focus,” one prize will go to the interactive web, game or mobile application (related to a television program) that best helps young people to develop emotional understanding and coping skills. Registration via "Interactivity Entry Form", deadline: 12 December 2013.
Rather than full sites, games or apps, participants will demonstrate one specific unique or innovative element in one of their interactive work during a fast-paced session. Organizations can register to demo at the Showcase (per mail to info@prixjeunesse.de, deadline: 15 April 2014). The audience will vote for its favourite element. (Please see specific contest rules for Interactivity Prize for detailed information).