Press Releases 2021

Opening Films | Program Preview & Cooperations | Departure of Christine Dollhofer | YAAAS! Workshoprally & Youth Jury | GOLDEN BAG Display Window Contest

In not quite five weeks the eighteenth edition of CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz that will take place from 1 to 6 June will get under way as an in-person film event (it goes without saying that we will comply to all rules and regulations in place concerning the prevention of the spread of the Covid-19 virus). 

Festival Trailer | Doc Highlights | Architecture and Society | Working Worlds

In today’s press release we will be presenting this year’s festival trailer entitled GRÜN IN, by the young media artist Laurien Bachmann. We will also shine a light on the first highlights from several sections.

24.2.2021: Tribute 2021 – Ivan Ostrochovský | YAAAS! Competition Titles & School Screenings

As was announced in January, the eighteenth edition of CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz will take place from 1 to 6 June 2021 this year.

27.1.2021: Festival Postponement | New Festival Date: 1 to 6 June, 2021

In light of the current pandemic, CROSSING EUROPE will not take place as planed between 21 and 26 April 2021.

Press Releases 2020

Résumé 2020, Festival Preview 2021, YAAAS! Youth Program in its Third Year & Film Submissions 2021

Canceled, but active! You would be hard-pressed to find a better description of this extraordinary festival year. Despite the cancellation in March 2020, we managed to present around 100 of the originally planned feature and short films in 69 film events – some having taken place online, some in person – between April and November 2020.

Festival Awards Local Artists Shorts 2020

Today the award ceremony of the “Local Artists Shorts @ OÖ Kulturquartier” (in cooperation with OÖ Landes-Kultur GmbH) took place in the Ursulinensaal in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter. 

Local Artists Shorts @ OÖ Kulturquartier | Call for Films | Crossing Europe EXTRACTS goes … Ebensee, Dornbirn, Salzburg & Wien | Festival Premieres @ City-Kino

After the successful start of the Crossing Europe alternative program EXTRACTS: Autumn 2020 with the Tribute VALIE EXPORT at the Ars Electronica, the next highlight within EXTRACTS is right around the corner. 

Crossing Europe EXTRACTS | Autumn 2020

Comeback with around 100 films starting in September: After the cancellation of the festival due to Covid-19, CROSSING EUROPE will start up again in September with Crossing Europe EXTRACTS. Despite the spacial distancing regulations in cinemas, the physical and collective act of seeing a film together remains in the focus. “Festival atmosphere in stages” is the leitmotif of the large autumn program. This cinematographic exploration all across Europe will span over four months.

Alternative Program "Crossing Europe EXTRACTS" starting 21 April

In German only | Trotz der Festivalabsage am 18. März bleibt CROSSING EUROPE aktiv! Mit dem Alternativprogramm „Crossing Europe 2020 – EXTRACTS“ möchten wir in drei Etappen einen kleinen Beitrag zur Aufrechterhaltung des filmkulturellen Lebens in Österreich leisten und laden zu einer virtuellen Reise quer durch den Filmkontinent Europa ein. 

Canceled, but active!

The yearly CROSSING EUROPE program press conference would have been today, in which we would have announced the entire film and framework program for the seventeenth edition of the festival. For this reason we want to give you an update from the festival office today.

Cancellation CROSSING EUROPE 2020


The developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have had a massive impact on the planning and carrying out of the coming edition of CROSSING EUROPE. With a heavy heart we have to cancel the seventeenth edition of CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz (from 21 to 26 April 2020).

Festival Opening with Oscar Winner Costa-Gavras and Jubilarian VALIE EXPORT | Festival Trailer 2020 | Second Edition of Cinema Next Europe Club | Golden Bag Display Window Campaign

In seven weeks the seventeenth edition of CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz will take place from 21 to 26 April 2020. As always – and again this year – CROSSING EUROPE will open the festival with multiple films that are intend to showcase the diversity of contemporary European film.

Spotlight Mark Jenkin | Architecture and Society | YAAAS! Competition & school screenings

In three months the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival in Linz will kick off its 17th edition. From April 21 to 26 2020, CROSSING EUROPE dedicates itself for six days (plus the “bonus day” on April 27) entirely to European film and invites over 150 filmmakers from all over Europe to come to Linz.