Covid-19-Update: In March 2020 the 17th edition of Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For documentation purposes the program planned for 2020 is published HERE. With "Crossing Europe 2020 - EXTRACTS", Crossing Europe is presenting a multi-part alternative program from April to December 2020 with an online program and a series of physical events in the cinema.

YAAAS! is the youth program at the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival in Linz (AT) that takes place every year in late April.
To call out YAAAS! means to euphorically say “yes” – “yes” to a program that does not only aim to present finished content but rather invites you to produce VIDEOS in an internationally mixed team, enjoy a FILM PROGRAM that is curated and discussed by a group of peers, try new techniques in a WORKSHOP RALLY, or talk with professionals FACE2FACE in small groups.
In 2019 CROSSING EUROPE presented a holistic program for film education, acquisition of media competencies, and DIY-video production. Over 900 teenagers attended the first edition of the YAAAS! Youth Program, which is about promoting media competency through practical work with the medium of film and its reception. In 2019 the following three short films have been produced within the YAAAS! Video Project:
Video „Blindspot
Video „Blindtext
Video „Der letzte Schrei

YAAAS! invites you to take a whiff of the festival air together with others of the same age from 21 to 27 April 2020. Our program is specially geared towards 15 to 20 year olds - here we go:
As part of the YAAAS! Video Project you can create your own film in an internationally mixed team of peers within six days. The YAAAS! Video Project opens the world of film and video production as a multi-day practice module.
Rules & Regulations for participation:
Deadline: January 7, 2020
Your video: a link or via to
Age: by January 7, you must be between 15 and 20 years of age
Format/content: all genres and formats are accepted; maximum length: 15 min
Further Information: Participants will receive a festival accreditation for the entire festival (free admission for all events). For participants from abroad the festival will cover the costs for transportation within Austria as well as accommodation in Linz for six nights.
YAAAS! Workshop Rally
offers the chance to immerse yourself in various fields (camera, animation, sound, storytelling …).
YAAAS! Face2Face offers speed dating with European industry professionals.
YAAAS! Screenings including films which have been selected by the YAAAS! Young Programmers for the program section YAAAS! Competition.
YAAAS! Young Programmers selecting six titles for the program strand YAAAS! Competition, presenting these films and handling Q&As with film guests.
YAAAS! Youth Jury consisting of five teenagers, who will watch the six titles of the YAAAS! Competition and give out the CROSSING EUROPE Award – YOUTH JURY (prize money: € 3.000,–).

| YAAAS! Youth Program developed by Robert Hinterleitner in co-operation with CROSSING EUROPE | 

Contact & Information: Robert Hinterleitner & Sarah Oos (

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