The CROSSING EUROPE Selection on DAFilms.com
For the first time this year, the festival cooperated with the VoD-platform Doc Alliance. The CROSSING EUROPE Selection was curated by the festival team over the past few weeks and consists of ten noteworthy contributions in the documentary sections from the past few festival editions, and can be viewed online from now on. Details HERE.
Closing Film: GOD EXISTS, HER NAME IS PETRUNYA (MK/BE/SI/HR/FR 2019)
CROSSING EUROPE has been connected to the Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska since the very beginning. At the very first edition of the festival in 2004, her feature film debut KAKO UBIV SVETEC / HOW I KILLED A SAINT (MZ/SI/FR 2004) was awarded the CROSSING EUROPE Award – Competition fiction. Ever since then, all her films have been presented in Linz as Austrian premiers. For this reason, we are very happy to announce that her new feature film, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale and was awarded with two awards (Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Gilde film prize) will be this year’s closing film.
First Film Highlights
In this year’s program selection you will find many CROSSING EUROPE guests and award winners from the previous editions who will be returning to Linz with their current productions – significant films in this year’s edition made by directors who have been connected to the festival for many years, thereby also shaping the festival.
YAAAS! Competition: Complete Line-Up
The YAAAS! Competition is a part of the new YAAAS! Youth Program at CROSSING EUROPE, that offers a holistic program of film education, acquisition of media competencies and DIY-video production. Taking place for the first time this year, the YAAAS! Competition is the fourth competition section, in which the winner of the CROSSING EUROPE Award – Youth Jury, endowed with 2000€ is selected.
CROSSING EUROPE VoD-Collection on FLIMMIT
For two years now, the festival has been cooperating with FLIMMIT (flimmit.com), the Video-on-Demand platform of the Austrian broadcasting service. Thousands of productions (mostly Austrian and European) can be viewed, including many highlights of the European film festival.
Cinema Next Europe Club
CROSSING EUROPE and Cinema Next are presenting the so-called Cinema Next Europe Club for the first time. The club is expanding the Cinema Next Europe program strand to include a campus for ten young filmmakers, who will be invited to Linz for four days. The call for entries should attract young filmmakers from Austria who work in the field of documentary films.
Festival Opening 2019
One of this year’s opening films is dedicated to the renowned Austrian Photographer Elfie Semotan, the director Joerg Burger dedicated a multi-layered cinematographic homage to her with the film ELFIE SEMOTAN, PHOTOGRAPHER - Preview (AT 2019; production: Navigator Film), that will celebrate its world premiere at the opening of CROSSING EUROPE (April 25). Additionally, the solo exhibition STANDING, WAITING (2007/2019) with works by Elfie Semotan, will open at the OK Offenes Kulturhaus – a revival of the eponymous project for the OK exhibition SCHAURAUSCH in the year 2007, that was a precursor to Linz09 and brought art into display windows, shops, and malls in Linz.