Festival impressions, festival guests, and snapshots from the festival edition 2023 can be viewed HERE. The most beautiful #crossingmoments can be found on our channels: The Crossing Europe Photo Gallery (powered by SUBTEXT.AT) and our Instagram channel artfully set the scene for this year’s festival edition. Enjoy!

What to watch on 28 April

APOLONIA, APOLONIA by Lea Glob is a fascinating portrait of the painter Apolonia Sokol, who is trying to find her place in the art world (18:30, City 2, with Sokol present). In the documentary SYNDROM HAMLETA | THE HAMLET SYNDROME, five young Ukrainians work through their personal traumas during rehearsals for "Hamlet" (18:30, Movie 2, with director Elwira Niewiera in attendance).

Film Highlights on 27 April

In the personal documentary THE ECLIPSE, director Nataša Urban explores Serbia's wartime past through her own youth (13:15, Movie 2, with Urban present). In SIGURNO MJESTO | SAFE PLACE Juraj Lerotić precisely stages a piece of his own family history (16:45, City 1, with Lerotić present). 

Film Guests & Talks

Under the motto "Europe, we need to talk!" we welcome around 120 film guests from all over Europe to Linz for the 20th edition of the festival. They will not only present their current films, but also provide exciting insights into their work in Q&As and talk events. 

Must-Sees on our Opening Day

On the opening day, this year's Tribute guest, actress Angeliki Papoulia, shines in the opening film A BLAST by Syllas Tzoumerkas (20:15, Movie 1, in the presence of Papoulia and Tzoumerkas). Already at 16:15 (Central) we show the documentary LE FAVOLOSE | THE FABULOUS ONES, a cinematic ode to a self-determined life. 

Festival Juries 2023

We are happy to announce that a total of 14 jury members will be reviewing the competition films in Linz. There they will decide on the winning films in the competition sections Competition Fiction, Competition Documentary, and Competition Local Artists. The entries in the competition section YAAAS! Competition will be judged by the YAAAS! Youth Jury.

Festival Program 2023: Europe, we need to talk!

The film program of the 20th edition of CROSSING EUROPE presents filmmaking from all over Europe. For six days, 139 current feature films and documentaries from 45 countries are waiting to be discovered, with highlights of the festival season, innovative auteur cinema and regional works. In addition, CROSSING EUROPE would like to invite you to think of Europe as a democratic, diverse, open, peaceful and solidary place in the social space of cinema - also far beyond EU borders.

Press Conference 2023 – 13 April, 10 am

On April 13, at 10 am, this year's press conference will be broadcast live from the Moviemento, online via live stream.

Anniversary Specials & Open Air at Lentos (21 April)

To mark the festival anniversary, we will also present two highlights from the early years of CROSSING EUROPE on the big screen again as Anniversary Pic[k]s. One of them as a free-entry festival kick-off during an open-air screening at Lentos Kunstmuseum on the Donaulände on April 21.

Opening Films 2023

CROSSING EUROPE 2023 will once again open with four films that are a representative cross-section of this year’s festival program and, with their thematic and artistic diversity, stand for the richness of European cinema.

Nightline 2023

CROSSING EUROPE will celebrate its 20th anniversary til late at night: At the Nightline on the OK Deck, festival audiences and film guests from all over Europe gather on the dancefloor, with selected live acts and DJs setting the right mood on five evenings. The music program was curated once again by Samira Saad and Christian Haselmayr. From April 26 to 30, the Nightline Bar on the OK Deck will be open already from 8 p.m. Entry is free.

Architecture and Society: Pretty Ugly

Under the title Pretty Ugly, this year’s program section Architecture and Society, curated by Lotte Schreiber, examines the hard-to-determine notion of beauty through the examples of four feature-length and two short documentaries.