Since 2017, the festival network initiated by CROSSING EUROPE acts as a collective of international film festivals with a focus on European film production. The goal is to strengthen the collaboration on an artistic, programmatic, organizational, and technological level in order to establish a long-term Best-Practice model for European collaboration.
The passion for young European film and the wish to create a worthy platform for it: This is what the festival network MOVING IMAGES – OPEN BORDERS (MIOB) stands for. Seven European film festivals have come together to discuss such topics as future orientation, audience building, climate protection, gender and diversity programming, and questions concerning digital communication, as well as to develop ideas further. In 2019, the regular exchange between the festivals gained momentum. What became relevant where such topics as the intensification of promotion for European filmmaking, collaborative marketing opportunities, workshops as well as regular meetings with the goal to implement measures quickly and sustainably in the European festival landscape. Moving Images | Open Borders sees itself as a European network that is dedicated entirely to the creative film production in Europe and gives all participating partner festivals the chance to profit from an exchange of experience on an organizational as well as a programmatic level. Ever since autumn 2020 MIOB is supported by the European Union program CREATIVE EUROPE.
Once again, the MIOB festival network is organizing two international competitions for recent European short and feature-length films. The MIOB NEW VISION AWARD (3 000€) honors the first or second production of a European feature film or documentary that deserves greater international recognition. The MIOB NEW VISION AWARD 2022 - organized and implemented by Crossing Europe in early summer 2022 - went to MURINA (HR/SI/US/BR 2021) by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović and was awarded during the MIOB partner festival "European Film Festival Palić" (Serbia) in July 2022.
The Online Audience Award MIOB IN SHORTS (1 000€) encompassed fifteen current European short films that were nominated by the MIOB members, which were available online for voting at www.miob.info in fall 2022. The winning film of MIOB IN SHORTS, AMYGDALA (GR, 2021) von Maria Hatzakou, was awarded at the FilmFestival Cottbus in November 2022, which is also responsible for the realization of this competition.
As event organizers and cultural actors, film festivals have a responsibility to sensitization of the audience and professionals on social issues. Climate change has become the most important challenge of our society, and it leads us to change our practices in order to lower the impact on the environment of film festivals we organize. For this reason, MIOB is working on a green charter for film festivals, to set up a common basis of analysis, aiming at defining processes and methods of data collection, that will be necessary to draw strategies and define goals to achieve in the coming years. The Green Charter is seen as a first step of more general collective move within the film festival circuit.
MIOB activities from 2017-2023: HERE
CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL LINZ
EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL PALIC
FILM FESTIVAL COTTBUS
LES ARCS EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
SCANORAMA FILM FESTIVAL – EUROPEAN FILM FORUM
SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
TRIESTE FILM FESTIVAL – ALPE ADRIA CINEMA