The documentary film “One in a Million” by Joya Thome has been nominated for the European Young Audience Award 2023 of the European Film Awards. The nomination was announced by the European Film Academy in Berlin on 5 November 2023.

In addition to “One in a Million“, the film “Longing for the World” (Switzerland, 2023) by Jenna Hasse and “Scrapper” (United Kingdom, 2023) by Charlotte Regan were nominated for the award.

In the announcement of the nomination on social media it says: “In “One In A Million” by Joya Thome we watch two girls grow up and their struggles connect us. Combining the impact of social media with the world of gymnastics it’s a film that shows the reality of growing up and dealing with fame in a way that make us think we all matter.”

Every year, thousands of young film enthusiasts from 42 European countries between the ages of 12 and 14 come together as the world’s largest children’s and youth film jury to view the three films nominated for the European Young Audience Award in over 60 cinemas or online in over 70 European cities and select a winner.

The award is an official category of the European Film Awards 2023, which are jointly awarded by the Berlin-based European Film Academy and European Film Academy Productions to recognise the greatest achievements in European film. The prizes, including the European Young Audience Award, are awarded in 24 categories. The awards ceremony will take place on 9 December 2023 in the Arena Berlin.


Whitney Bjerken from the USA is a world-famous YouTuber and gifted singer-songwriter. The quiet but sensitive Yara from Germany is one of her biggest fans. Connected by the glittering world of social media and their passion for gymnastics, they begin to find out who they are and what they want from life. A coming-of-age film about success and loneliness, friendship and first love, queer coming out and the courage to find your own voice.

One In A Million” is a production of Flare Film in co-production with NDR. The development was supported by the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film and the BKM. The production was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

One In A Mllion | Clip: In Love (German) ᴴᴰ

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Press comments on the film

“One In A Million” is a sensitive coming-of-age portrait of two adolescents that gets up close and personal with its protagonists and takes their drive for success, their longing and loneliness seriously.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

“What has emerged is a thoroughly engaging documentary that spans continents to establish the relationship between two girls who don’t know each other personally.” (EPD)

“An authentic documentary about the trials and tribulations of adolescence.” (Cinema)

“Whitney and Yara grow on you.” (Filmdienst)

“The way the two young digital natives confide in the director and let her look into their souls is deeply touching – and very enlightening.” (Kölner Stadtanzeiger)

“After her two successful feature films “Queen of Niendorf” and “Laura’s Star”, Joya Thome has now realised a documentary film for the first time. However, she remains true to her themes, her style in “One in a Million”: female coming-of-age stories, calmly and unpretentiously observed.” (Programmkino)

“One in a Million is interested in the parallel and the divergent, juxtaposing the growing up of two girls.” (

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