THE CROSSING Wins EFA Young Audience Award 2021

    screenshot of three separate windows with happy director and main actors of THE CROSSING
    YAA 2021 for THE CROSSING: Director Johanne Helgeland, actress Anna Sofie Skarholt and actor Samson Steine

    3,600 Young Jurors From 38 Countries Elect Norwegian Film by Johanne Helgeland

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the originally planned theatre screenings had to be cancelled in almost all participating countries. The 12-14-year-old jury members watched the three nominated films online on the YAA website, had the opportunity to talk about the films in online discussions moderated by film educators and then cast their votes online. Moderated again by former YAA jury member Ivana Noa, the 30-minute awards ceremony was streamed live on where it remains available for those who missed it.

    The director Johanne Helgeland thanked the European Film Academy and all the young film lovers as well as her collaborators. She congratulated the other nominated films and stated:

    All three films show that we need compassionate films for kids – You are our future!

    The EFA Young Audience Award is organised and presented by the European Film Academy and EFA Productions with the support of Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM). The national YAA events are organised with the support of the respective national partners.

    Berlin, 25 April 2021