Thursday, January 28, 2016
Three children and youth television productions from Free Press Unlimited were nominated by the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International. This bi-annual festival in Munich is also known as 'the Oscars of  children's television'. An international jury selected around 60 programmes from 400 entries.

Free Press Unlimited produced the youth documentary Kunumi, The Native Thunder. This Dutch-Brazilian coproduction portrays 14 year old Werá, who picks up the fight against the Brazilian government to protect his Guarani culture.

The 10 Minuten Jeugdjournaal of Suriname, part of the global network WADADA News for Kids of Free Press Unlimited, passed the rigorous selection process too. The selected episode takes on, for instance, the theme of LGBT-children and youth in Suriname.

The third candidate is the youth documentary Tasmina: The Horse Girl, about a spirited girl from Bangladesh who fights gender inequality by taking part in horse racing contests. This film was produced after a youth documentary workshop that Free Press Unlimited organised last June in the capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka.

Recognition of the work

Jan-Willem Bult, Head of Children, Youth & Media at Free Press Unlimited, is very happy with the nominations by the jury: "We take care of news, opinions and stories from the perspective of children and youth in countries where good information is scarce and the position of children and youth often bad. Due to these selections the compelling stories of our young main characters will be spread around the world even more. And of course it's a great recognition of our work, that is made possible by the Nationale Postcode Lottery and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

The Dutch broadcasters scored historically low. Only VPRO and IKON achieved each 1 nomination.

The Prix Jeunesse International festival takes place in Munich from 20 – 25 May 2016. About 600 children's media professionals from 70 coutries will visit the festival and decide who will take home the prestigious Prix Jeunesse International.