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.

Opening Films 2021

Traditionally CROSSING EUROPE opens with more than one film every year – and will once again do so this year – that are representative for the variety of the contemporary European film landscape, and at the same time act as a cross section of the program of the year.

Politics in its Interplay with Media, Contemporary History, and Society

These three films shown in the festival program 2021 deal with the topic of politics in various striking ways.

Golden Bag Window Display Contest 2021

Once again this year, the people of Linz, as well as festival guests from both in and outside the country can look forward to creative decorations in the display windows of the inner city in Linz that make for that special festival flair. All those who decorate their display windows from 20 May to 6 June with promotional material from CROSSING EUROPE are eligible for great prizes – in cooperation with Europack, OÖNachrichten and Linzer City Ring.


The renown German avant-garde director and all-round artist Ulrike Ottinger created a gem in the form of a gripping autobiographical documentary with her film PARIS CALLIGRAMMES, that takes a look at her younger self from the point of view of the elderly artist. A tour will be organized by CROSSING EUROPE, Österreichisches Filmmuseum and Diagonale. 

Austrian Premieres – at CROSSING EUROPE and Diagonale

Due to the ongoing state of emergency in the cultural sector, CROSSING EUROPE, the Diagonale (8-13 June) and the short film festival Vienna Shorts (27 May – 1 June) are collaborating intensively this year.