"Uniquely cinephile – Next to the giant tankers of Berlin, Cannes and Venice, next to the heavy steamers like the various
city festivals, “Crossing Europe” in Linz seems like a small, agile cruiser. The festival, focusing on all the facets of European
cinema, has continuously evolved over the past seven years into a special, genuinely cinephilic cinema festival. Every film
in the clear, but complex and carefully curated program has its significance. Ideal conditions for discovering films, noting
tendencies in European cinema."
Süddeutsche Zeitung // Hans Schifferle
From the opening of the eighth edition of the festival on Tuesday, 12 April by Barbara Prammer, President of the National Assembly, to the Awards Presentation on Saturday evening with Governor Josef Pühringer present, roughly 19,000 festival guests, film and music lovers visited film screenings, exhibitions, discussion events and the Festival Nightline. This means that the eighth edition of the festival has drawn a record number of visitors, even surpassing the festival edition in the Capital of Culture year, which was one day longer than this year.
This proves the attractiveness of the festival program again, which as usual reflects the diversity of European filmmaking,
as well as the high quality of the festival organization. In total, the program comprised 160 hand-picked feature films, documentaries
and short films (largely Austrian premieres and numerous world premieres) from 35 different countries; about 140 directors
and film guests were present to personally present their films to the festival audience. With 680 accredited international
and national professional guests, the interest of the film industry and media in CROSSING EUROPE was greater than ever before.