In September 2013 representatives of youth film festivals and mediacenters from 15 European countries met at the ”Four River Film Festival” in Karlovac (Croatia). Together we founded there the “Youth Cinema Network”. It is a global network for youth film festivals and mediacenters, aimed at improving the exchange among member institutions and supporting youth film and media pedagogy.

How does this help you as filmmakers?
Practically: when you enter a film, we will try to spread it in the network. The network will also make it easier to apply for funding for international workshops and advanced training.
And we are giving the YCN award, an international prize for young film, designed to support outstanding talents.

And, very importantly: we want to enrich film culture worldwide by supporting especially authentic films, unusual and daring, in contrast to mainstream in cinema and tv.


  • YCN is a network of youth film festivals, organizations and film/media teachers that promotes and improves filmmaking by young people.
  • YCN works to empower young filmmakers to tell their stories by giving them tools and perspectives.
  • YCN’s vision is - through international collaboration - to bring young filmmakers and their stories to an international audience.
  • The network’s ultimate goal is to enrich film culture worldwide.

Here you can see the YCN trailer which will give you some impressions of films and work of the YCN festivals:
The YCN Trailer