The International Festival of Children’s Theatres is an event of selective and competitive nature, and the awards are decided by a five-member international jury composed of prominent world theatre artists and theorists. Jury members are appointed by the Festival Council following a proposal from the Festival director.
The following awards are given to official selection performances:
Participants in accompanying programmes and organizations and individuals who contribute to success of the Festival are awarded diplomas or certificates of appreciation.
Besides those mentioned above, each year the Festival presents The Little Prince Life Achievement Award to the chosen prominent artists and theatre scientists who have made exceptional contributions to the development of culture and theatre arts for children. The Little Prince Award is in the form of artistic sculpture created by the prominent Montenegrin sculptor Mijo Mijuškovic from under the fortress of Nehaj (Sutomore, Montenegro).
Marijana Petrović (Belgrade, 1957) graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, (Yugoslav literature and Serbo-Croatian language), and received her master's degree from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Department of Theatrology. Since 1978, she has been permanently engaged as an actress and director in the "Duško Radović" Little Theater in Belgrade. She attended UNIMA specialized seminars in Charleville-Mézières (France, 1985 and 1986), courses and acting workshops of the most important practitioners of puppetry and children's and drama theater. She also attended international psychodrama workshop organized by the Association of Psychodrama Therapists SCG in 2003. She acted in TV series films and the radio; collaborated as a performer with alternative theaters. She is the laureate of many acting awards: Biennale of Yugoslav puppetry in Bugojno, Yugoslav Children's Festival Kotor, Serbian Puppet Theater Meeting, Milena Načić, Božidar Valtrović...
As a teacher, she taught at the "Lujo Davičo" secondary ballet school - the organization of stage and music activities. She designed a seminar intended for teachers, pedagogues and psychologists, organized by the Ministry of Education and Sports of the Republic of Serbia in 2001 at the Teachers’ Faculty in Belgrade, on the subject of puppetry in elementary school and held lectures and exercises as part of it. In 2011, within the project of the Center for Theater Research ApsArt, intended for the education of FASPER students, she realized workshops on The Use of Puppets for Therapeutic Purposes. She also realized author's projects for children as an associate in Školigrica (Cultural Center Stari Grad), at Children's Cultural Center Belgrade (puppet games as part of the workshop for babies up to 3 years old, collaborated with the Center for Museum Didactics as an actor and author).
She presented her scientific works at professional international symposia. She published poetry for children and adults, aphorisms, theatrical pieces, texts, translations from Russian and Bulgarian in over 30 magazines and anthologies in the country and abroad. She prepared the monograph Little Theater "Duško Radović" - 70 years of diversity (Little Theater "Duško Radović" , 2019). She published: Sun Circle (Obelisk, Belgrade, 1971), Meadow (Nova, Belgrade, 1994), When Moma Cuts His Nails, Peđa Won't Sleep, Milica Takes a Bath (Kreativni centar, Belgrade, 2000), Irena at the Hairdresser ( Kreativni centar, Belgrade, 2005), About an Actor with a Poppet (Little Theater "Duško Radović" and Čigoja štampa, 2020). She is a member of Assitej and Cedeum.
Victor Ljvovich Schreiman (July 2, 1945, Kharkiv) is a Russian and Israeli theater director, actor, pedagogue, critic, one of the leading local experts in the field of puppet theater. He is the founder and the first chief director of the Magnitogorsk Theater of Puppets and Actors "Buratino". From 2012 to 2018, he was the chief director of the Nizhny Novgorod State Theater for Young Audiences.
He is the chairman of the Expert Council for the award named after the honored artist of the RSFSR professor M.M. Koroljev, vice-president of the KUKART International Festival, member of the jury of the most important national theater award "Golden Mask", member of the STD RF Puppet Theater Commission. He participated in the work of international theater projects (congresses, conferences, festivals) as a representative of the USSR in the USA, France, Japan, Italy, Norway, Mongolia, Poland. He is the head of the interregional seminar for puppet theater actors, the head of the All-Russian Laboratory for Puppet Theater Directors (Union of Theater Workers of the Russian Federation).
He directed more than 60 plays throughout Russia, Poland and Israel and won many awards. He played in four Russian films, as well as four films in Israel. He was on the juries of many international puppet festivals. He is the author of two books: Profession – Actor (1997) and Analysis of Plays (2004).
Cliodhna Noonan is an Irish early years arts practitioner. She specialized in audiences aged 0-6 and creativity training of those who care for them. She has an honour degree in languages and master degree in Creativity and Change (2022). She also has a level 6 diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education and Special Needs Assisting.
She creates, produces and performs her own theatre experiences for audiences aged 0-6 including Silver Tree (2009) Dreamtrain (2011) and Mora (2021). She is chairperson of Grasshoppers International Early Years Festival. She speaks seven languages and she is mother of three.
She is also a puppeteer and storyteller of an original story using nine handmade original puppets by the master Vitalijus Mazuras from Lithuania. She is an active member of Assitej, a member of the national organization TYAI in Ireland and an active member of the EU SmallSize networks association.