CANCELLATION DUE TO COVID-19
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 17th edition of Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz had to be cancelled on 18 March 2020. With the alternative program "Crossing Europe 2020 - EXTRACTS" Crossing Europe invites you in several stages to a virtual journey across the film continent of Europe starting on 21 April. Details HERE.
JURY COMPETITION FICTION
The Competition Fiction comprises first and second European feature fiction films produrced for theatricl release. During the awards ceremony the Jury Competition Fiction gives out the award to the director of the prize-winning film. More information about the festival awards here.
Anna Sofie Hartmann
Born in Denmark, Anna Sofie Hartmann studied directing at the DFFB in Berlin. Her graduation film Limbo premiered in 2014 at San Sebastián, was invited to numerous festivals, including Crossing Europe 2015, and nominated for the European Film Academy’s Discovery Award 2015. In 2019 her second feature Giraffe premiered in Locarno.
Cornish filmmaker Mark Jenkin is an associate of Falmouth University, the author of "Silent Landscape Dancing Grain 13 Film Manifesto", promoting the possibilities of handmade film, and has made over 50 short films. In 2019 his feature Bait won the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut.
Ágnes Kocsis was born in Budapest. She majored in Polish language and literature, aesthetics, and film theory at Eötvös Lóránd University, then received a degree in film directing from the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. All her films have been shown at Crossing Europe, including her latest, Éden.
JURY COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY
This award is given out to one of the documentary films from the section Competition Documentary with a minimum length of 60 minutes which has socio-political/social relevance, is an Austrian premiere and was produced in 2019/20. The award goes to the director of the prize-winning film. More information about the festival awards here.
festival programmer, researcher
Annina Wettstein studied social anthropology, French literature and business economics at the University of Zurich, where she later was a lecturer. Since 2018 she has been program advisor for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and member of both the selection committee of DOK Leipzig and the Non-Fiction Commission of the film fund Zürcher Filmstiftung.
Matjaž Ivanišin graduated as film and TV director from AGRFT (Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television) in Ljubljana in 2007. He has since worked as a freelance filmmaker. For his films Karpotrotter, Playing Men (CE'18) and Oroslan, which premiered in Locarno, he received national and international awards.
festival programmer, photographer
Anna Galatonova is the program coordinator, head of PR & communication and co-founder of Transnistria Documentary Film Festival Chesnok. She studied journalism at the Transnistrian State University and photography at the Academy of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism in St. Petersburg, and has done several documentary projects and exhibitions.
JURY COMPETITION LOCAL ARTISTS
All the films/videos presented in the program section Local Artists participate in the competition. An expert jury awards the prizes to the director of the prize-winning film. More information about the festival awards here.
festival director, film studies
Anna Ladinig majored in Slavic and Romance studies at Innsbruck University and spent terms abroad in Kazan, Moscow, Bishkek and Almaty. In her dissertation she dealt with different localizations of central Asian cinema. Since 2019 she has been the director of the International Film Festival Innsbruck.
filmmaker, film producer
Siniša was born in Rijeka, then Yugoslavia and has been living in Austria since 1992. After graduating from the University of Arts in Linz, he founded his production company FORAFILM. With his first feature documentary film Korida he won the Crossing Europe Local Artist Award in 2016.
festival director, filmmaker
Anna Prischl, born in Wels in 1993, lives in Vienna and commutes to her work in Wels as a director of the International Youth Media Festival YOUKI. In 2019 her film Beyond, which she co-directed with Magdalena Reichinger, was shown at Crossing Europe. She also works as a costume designer for Austrian film productions.
YAAAS! YOUTH JURY
The YAAAS! Youth Jury awards the prize to the director of one of the six YAAAS! Competition titles. More information about the festival awards here.
Our youth jury for 2020 is from the BORG Grieskirchen.