Film Submission LOCAL ARTISTS

Deadline: January 9, 2023

In 2023, CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz will take place for the 20th time. The festival focuses on the cinematic works of a young generation of European directors, presented in the program sections Competition (Fiction, Documentary & YAAAS!), European Panorama, Tribute and Local Artists, among others. CROSSING EUROPE focuses on unconventional, controversial cinematic positions and socio-politically engaged cinema.
The program section LOCAL ARTISTS is curated and presents a selection of current cinematic works with relevance to Upper Austria from 2022/23. It is intended to present a cross-section of Upper Austrian filmmaking and offers an international platform to the local film scene, established filmmakers and newcomers alike. Here you can find Information about the Festival Awards in this program section.

Overview // Film Submission

Deadline for film submissions: January 9, 2023
Submission fee: There is no submission fee.
How to submit a film? You submit your film by filling out the submission form below. It is important to enter the screening link for the submitted film which should be working until at least 28. February, 2023. A successful submission does not automatically mean that the film will be included in the festival program.

Note: Please read the conditions for entries below carefully and fill out the submission form mindfully. In case the submitted film gets selected for the festival program we’ll use the information entered for the festival website/festival magazine.


Films of all genres, formats and lengths may be submitted for the LOCAL ARTISTS program section if:

  1. at least one of the following conditions applies:
    - (one of) the director(s) currently lives/works/studies in Upper Austria
    - (one of) the director(s) has (have) their primary residence in Upper Austria
    - (one of) the director(s) was (were) born or grew up in Upper Austria
    - the film was (co-)financed by Upper Austrian funding institutions
    - the film was (co-)produced by a production company based in Upper Austria
    - there is a clear contextual reference to Upper Austria in the film
    - applies only to music videos: the musician(s) is/are from Upper Austria
    - applies only to music videos: the musician(s) currently live/work/study in Upper Austria
  2. and the film was not premiered/broadcast in Austria before January 1, 2022 (deadline).
Note: The festival reserves the right to prioritize films that have not yet been screened in Linz or Upper Austria and will not be screened in Linz or Upper Austria before the upcoming CROSSING EUROPE festival edition 2022.

// You’ll receive a response from the festival by February 2023 at the latest. After the end of the selection process, e-mails will be sent to all filmmakers informing them of the inclusion or non-inclusion of their properly submitted work in the festival program.

// If the submitted film is selected for the festival program:
In the case of acceptance and inclusion of the submitted film in the 2023 festival program, the following points must be taken into consideration:

  • NO rental fees can be paid for festival screenings in Linz as part of the LOCAL ARTISTS competition. All selected films in this program section will participate in the LOCAL ARTISTS competition (Competition Local Artists).
  • After the acceptance of a film into the festival program by e-Mail, the screening material (DCP only!) must be delivered to the festival office by February 28, 2023 at the latest.
  • The screening material is insured from reception of the material until its return after the screening / after the festival.
  • The costs for the return transport of the screening material to locations outside of Linz will be covered by CROSSING EUROPE.
  • Furthermore, the filmmaker agrees to provide excerpts from his/her film for its promotion as well as for the promotion of the festival. In order to enable optimal promotion and presentation (festival magazine, press relations, website, social media, etc.) of the films, it is obligatory to send text and images to the festival immediately after the official acceptance. The exact requirements can be found in the official acceptance e-Mail from the festival, which will be sent out after the end of the selection process in February 2023.
  • Please note!
    The festival will NOT cover travel or accommodation costs for film guests/directors of works in the LOCAL ARTISTS program.
// The directors of the selected films will receive an accreditation for the entire duration of the festival and thus free access to all festival events. Directors of non-selected yet properly submitted works will receive an industry accreditation for a reduced price upon request.

Important information:

  • There is no submission fee.
  • Please make sure you submit the form properly – you should receive a confirmation for the successfully submitted film via email once you’ve finished the submission process (Please check your spam folder!). However, once the submission has been sent, you can not edit it.
  • On the last page of the submission, you have the option to save your submission application in order to complete it at a later point in time.
  • You may submit more than one film to the festival, but you must submit a completed submission form for each individual film.
  • You will receive a notification in case your film has been selected for the festival program (latest by the beginning of March 2023).
  • For films NOT selected for the program we will NOT send out any notifications for organizational reasons – thank you for your understanding.
  • The festival reserves the right to choose the program section in which the film is to be included.
  • The festival is not obliged to justify their decision or to provide feedback on submitted films.
  • By submitting a film you furthermore accept the festival’s rules and regulations as stated here.

If you have any questions regarding submissions please contact us via .

Please note: For technical reasons, it is not possible to start filling out multiple forms at the same time. If you want to submit multiple films, please save each form as a draft or submit it before starting the next form, otherwise problems may be caused when saving.