Sabrina, Milena and Lara are average 14-year-old girls growing up in Zurich. Sabrina agrees to go on a date with Salim, a boy from her school who falls in love with her after viewing her Facebook photos. Milena, on the other hand, brushes aside normal teenage dating experience in favor of men she meets online. Meanwhile Lara, the newcomer, falls victim to bullying. Hints of danger lurk behind every corner, culminating in a tragedy in which it is impossible to discern between victim and perpetrator, innocence and guilt.
Amateur Teens is a naturalistic portrait of adolescence that boldly explores the intersection between technology and coming of age— the film's teenage protagonists must navigate not only the vicissitudes of identity and desire, but also their mediation through social networks and platforms that commodify sex. Niklaus Hibler's second feature film premiered at Locarno, Valencia, Tallinn Black Nights and Zurich, where it won the Audience Award for Best Film.