Day Nine - Armenian children's TV producers vote for their favorite programme
On the second and last day of the Prix Jeunesse suitcase presentation for Armenian children's TV producers in Yerevan, the viewing of some of the best children's programme from all over the world continues in the morning.
The pre-school category is represented by "Picture this!" from the Netherlands, featuring a short production in which the sent in drawing of children are used and animated. Pythagoras' Switch from Japan explains the little ones why some things appear bigger at times and smaller at other times. And in "This is Daniel Cook" a little boy from Canada explores the world and shares his oberservations with the viewers.
In the preparations for the training, the Armenian producers present at the Prix Jeunesse suitcase presentation had asked for special programmes to be shown that educate children on "conflict prevention" and "conflict resolution". Productions from Colombia, Austria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are screened and give them new ideas on how to approach this topic in children's TV.
After watching another set of educational game shows, the Armenian producers have to vote for their favorite programmes. This will help Prix Jeunesse and UNICEF determine in which direction the local producers want to go and where their priorities in terms of content, design and quality lie. The winning programme today is a documentary from Germany about a boy who tries to overcome his stuttering. Runners-up with exactly the same amount of points are "A slippery tale", an animation programme from Germany, and "Amigo", a crazy quiz show from Denmark. In 4th and 5th place are similar productions from Japan and Norway, "edutainment" for the young where they do not simply waste their time in front of the TV but learn something in a fresh and entertaining way. And this is exactly the direction the Armenian producers would like to take. Almost unanimously they say that they need training from experts on how to script and produce educational entertainment shows for children.
And so, an action-packed nine days of presentations, discussions and hands-on production with and for children come to an end in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Hopefully this has provided enough food for thought for the involved children and producers to take children's TV as well as child-driven media production to a new level.
Yerevan - April 15, 2008 - Chris Schuepp