Golden Bag Window Display Contest 2023

The GOLDEN BAG store window contest is entering the next round: stores in Linz are invited to lend the city center a festival flair with original window display decorations based on the motto "Let's party! Crossing Europe turns 20!". The deadline for entries is April 7, and there are great prizes to be won.

Festival Trailer 2023: DAS MEETING ENDET IN 10 MINUTEN


For this year’s festival trailer, CROSSING EUROPE was able to engage Anna Sophia Rußmann (*1994) and Kilian Immervoll (*1989). Over the past years, several of their joint works have already been featured at CROSSING EUROPE. 

Working Worlds 2023: Art Is but a Job

This year the program section Working Worlds is titled Art Is but a Job and focuses on the work life of artists, drawing a great line from the art scene to award-winning cuisine, immersing itself into the ordinary everyday lives of artists between the canvas and the brush, knife and plate.

YAAAS! Competition & School Screenings

With the YAAAS! Youth Program CROSSING EUROPE once again plans to actively fill a young audience with enthusiasm for cinema. For the YAAAS! Competition, the YAAAS! Young Programmers have selected seven feature films that are highly diverse with regard to content and artistry, three of which are presented in this article.

Cinema Next Europe Club 2023

Apply until 12 March! The Cinema Next Europe Club intends to give young filmmakers the possibility to take part in the film festival and to be able to gather specific inputs, as well as being able to enter into a direct exchange with other young filmmakers.

MIOB | Moving Images – Open Borders

CROSSING EUROPE strives to promote the cultural and solidary European idea not just with audiences and film guests in Linz, but in addition, is also substantially involved in the collaboration of film festivals throughout Europe. In 2017, the festival network MIOB | Moving Images – Open Borders was initiated for this purpose by CROSSING EUROPE and now comprises seven film festivals with a European program orientation.

Tribute 2023: Angeliki Papoulia (GR)

At its 20th edition, CROSSING EUROPE devotes its Tribute program section to Greek actor and theatre director Angeliki Papoulia, one of the most uncompromising and powerful actors of contemporary European auteur cinema.

YAAAS! Young Programmers 2023

The YAAAS! Competition will show six current European film productions that were selected by the YAAAS! Young Programmers. The Young Programmers for 2023 have already been selected and have been taking part in an introductory program into the curation process of a film festival.

Festival Anniversary 2023: 19 Successful Years in Figures


CROSSING EUROPE will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2023 as the second-biggest international film festival in Austria (behind Viennale). Over the years, it has become a fixture in the European festival circuit, establishing itself with both filmmakers and the specialized press at home and abroad as a hot spot of European cinema because of its quality and atmosphere.

20th CROSSING EUROPE: Save the Date!

In April 2023, there will be reason to celebrate: From April 26 to May 1, CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz will be taking place for the 20th time, once again positioning Linz as a cinephile meeting place for European cinema with special attention to the young generation of European filmmakers.

Media Response 2022

Six months after the end of CROSSING EUROPE 2022, we present excerpts of this year's media response and press coverage, which can be read here.

MIOB in Shorts – Audience Award

Vote now for the „MIOB in Shorts“ Award 2022! For the Online Audience Award MIOB IN SHORTS (€ 1,000), 14 current European short films, nominated by the members of the European festival network Moving Images Open Borders, have been put to vote online until October 31. The MIOB IN SHORTS winning film will be awarded at FilmFestival Cottbus in November 2022.