Golden Bag 2021 Winning Shops

Our Golden Bag display window contest has successfully come to its conclusion. Once again, numerous businesses in the inner city of Linz took part and created that special festival flair with creatively decorated display windows. This year’s winning shops are: Zerum Lifestyle, Haut und Seele and Durchreise. Congratulations! In cooperation with Europack, OÖNachrichten, and Linzer City Ring.

Local Artist Premieres

Two world premieres await in the Local Artist program today: The documentary BIRGITTA’S FRIENDS by Christian Kogler at 7:45 PM and the newest work by the renown experimental film director Norbet Pfaffenbichler 2551.01 is shown at 8 PM – a collaborative premiere together with the Diagonale. Added to that, the filmmaker from Linz Sandra Krampelhuber will present her new documentary MANE that takes us through Senegal on June 4 at 5:15 PM.

Must-Sees on 3 June

The Tribute guest from 2016 Helena Třeštíková returns to Crossing Europe with her documentary ANNY (10 AM). Once more she sticks to her usual modus operandi: Between the years 1996 and 2012, she regularly meets her protagonist Anny, who offers insights into the life of a sex worker on the streets of Prague, that of lavatory attendant, and that of a grandmother. After that Volkan Üce (ALL-IN, 11:45 AM) and Natalija Yefimkina (GARAGENVOLK/GARAGE PEOPLE, 2:15 PM) will personally present their works in Linz.

Opening Ceremony - Photo Gallery

Impressions from the opening ceremony of this year's edition of Crossing Europe Film Festival.

Film Highlights 2 June

Tomorrow, CROSSING EUROPE will kick off in full force, among other things with festival guests who will present their latest works to the audiences in Linz: The award winner from 2015, Ivan Ikić will present his production OAZA / OASIS at 2 PM, and the CROSSING EUROPE regular Dominique Choisy will show his production LES MOTS DE TAJ / TAJAMUL’S WORDS at 4:15 PM. Added to this, two screenings from the Competition Documentary section will be shown: PUNTASACRA / PUNTA SACRA at 11 AM, and the world premiere of ENDPHASE at 7:15 PM.

Must-Sees on 1 June

The documentary ANYÁIM TÖRTÉNETE / HER MOTHERS follows two women in Orbán’s Hungary on their arduous path together to start a family in a country shaped by repression (3:15 PM, in attendance of the directors). A Romanian political corruption scandal without equal is the focus of the Oscar nominated documentary COLECTIV / COLLECTIVE (5:15 PM). This year’s Tribute guest Ivan Ostrochovský will personally present his current feature SLUŽOBNÍCI / SERVANTS at 8 PM.

Grand Opening

Back in the cinema! Today on the opening day CROSSING EUROPE will kick off at 2:15 PM with films from almost every program section. In the evening there will be screenings of no less than five hand-picked film premieres in the framework of the festival opening that represent a cross section of the many faceted festival program. The audiences can look forward to 123 feature films and documentaries, as well as 90 film guests. 

Competition Fiction

The artistically and thematically broad competition section encompasses ten works. The films are all either the first or second feature-length productions, though some have already been awarded, and all bring a piece of European living realities to the silver screen – not always in straight line, sometimes unorthodox, but always with passion. Two festival prizes will be awarded in the section. 

The Juries 2021

We are happy to announce that a total of 14 jury members will be attending in-person 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.

In the Cinema: Experience Europe!

The film progam 2021 is now published. For not quite a week, between 1 and 6 June, 123 current feature films and documentaries from 40 different countries are waiting to be discovered, including highlights from the festival season, innovative auteur cinema, and regional film productions. Together at the cinema for a journey all across Europe.

Online Press Conference 2021 – 19 May, 10 am

On May 19, at 10 am, this year's press conference will be broadcast live from the Moviemento, online via live stream.

YAAAS! Workshop Rally & Youth Jury

The DIY practical format YAAAS! Workshoprally will offer five practical workshops on such topics as camera, digital animation, props, and sound. Also the five members of this year’s YAAAS! Youth Jury, who will select the winner of the YAAAS! Competition have been nominated.