Although Leeds Young Film Festival 2020 has been postponed, we were still able to run a virtual GIANT JURY that children and young people were able to watch the feature films in competition and decide on the winners. Thank you to the wonderful jurors who took part in choosing! 

The Feature Film competition featured 11 films in total. 


Rocca Changes the World, Dir. Katja Benrath

Rocca is an 11 year old girl whose mother died in childbirth. She has been living with her father, an astronaut on the ISS, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, where instead of regular schooling she has been experiencing much of the astronaut training program, giving her maturity and self-confidence. Rocca befriends some of the local homeless and becomes concerned about their treatment by society; she also befriends the outcasts in her class and becomes concerned about how they are bullied. Her innate resilience and resourcefulness allow her to come up with a plan to help these disadvantaged groups by identifying herself as the mystery pilot who saved the plane, leveraging the media attention that brings into becoming an internet influencer, and using that platform to urge people to be kinder and more generous. Her grandmother's heart is touched by this and the two are reconciled.

Jury Feedback

"It was really cool that Rocca's dad was on the International Space Station and that she could fly a plane and do crazy stuff. It was also really funny. I would like her as my friend because she was very kind and had a fun time." and "I like Rocca. She is generous, forgiving, resourceful, resilient and independent." and "If Rocca was a food it would be popping candy because it is fizzy fun - a sweet but exciting story that explodes and is also Heartwarming :-)"




Romy's Salon, Dir. Mischa Kemp 

Romy has to stay with her grandma Stine after school. It's so boring. Her hairdresser Grandma is strict and in love with her salon. But grandma's memory is not the best, and charming Romy can be at some help with customers and economy.

Jury Feedback

"it was like a really good book that I didn't want to end" and "I liked it because it was very emotional and taught people the effects about having a family member with Alzheimer's."