The Crossing wins 2021 EFA Young Audience Award
- 3,600 young jurors from 38 countries have elected the Norwegian film, directed by Johanne Helgeland
3,600 young jurors from 38 countries have elected the Norwegian film The Crossing [+see also:
interview: Johanne Helgeland
film profile], directed by Johanne Helgeland, as the winner of the 2021 EFA Young Audience Award.
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 the YAA website, 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!”
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