Film Submission LOCAL ARTISTS

Please note! The submission deadline for the next edition of the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival was on 8 January, 2024. If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please contact .

If your film has been selected, you will receive a notification from CROSSING EUROPE. All Local Artists will be notified by e-mail if they have been selected or not by the end of February 2024.


In 2024, CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz will take place for the 21st time. The festival focuses on the cinematic works of a young generation of European directors, presented in the program sections Competition (Fiction, Documentary, YAAAS!, Local Artists) and European Panorama, among others. CROSSING EUROPE focuses on unconventional, controversial cinematic positions and socio-politically engaged cinema.
The program section Competition Local Artists is curated and presents a selection of current cinematic works with relevance to Upper Austria from 2023/24. It is intended to present a cross-section of Upper Austrian filmmaking and offers an international platform to the local film scene, established filmmakers and newcomers alike.

Here you can find information about the festival awards in this program section (please scroll down for the awards in the Local Artists section). 

Overview - Film Submission

Deadline for film submissions: 8 January, 2024
Submission fee: There is no submission fee.
How to submit a film?
To submit a film, the following online submission form must be completed in full and submitted before the submission deadline. The screening link for the submitted film (please enter in the designated field in the submission form) should be valid at least up to and including 29 February, 2024. A successful submission does not automatically mean that the film will be included in the festival program.
Submisison form: Please read the information and conditions for entries below carefully and fill out the submission form mindfully. Note that if the submitted film is selected for the 2024 festival program, the information and text provided in the form will be used for the festival website/magazine.

Response from the festival: February 2024 at the latest. 
After the end of the selection phase, an e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address entered under Contact Director or Contact Submission, informing about the inclusion or non-inclusion of the submitted film in the 2024 festival program.

Regulations LOCAL ARTISTS:

Films of all genres, formats and lengths may be submitted for the program section Competition Local Artists if:

  1. at least one of the following conditions applies:
    - (one of) the director(s) currently lives/works/studies in Upper Austria
    - (one of) the director(s) has (have) their primary residence in Upper Austria
    - (one of) the director(s) was (were) born or grew up in Upper Austria
    - the film was (co-)financed by Upper Austrian funding institutions
    - the film was (co-)produced by a production company based in Upper Austria
    - there is a clear contextual reference to Upper Austria in the film
    - applies only to music videos: at least one of the musicians is/are from Upper Austria
    - applies only to music videos: at least one of the musicians currently lives/works/studies in Upper Austria
  2. and the film was produced in 2023 or 2024.
Note: The festival reserves the right to prioritize films that have not yet been screened / broadcast in Linz or Upper Austria prior to CROSSING EUROPE 2024.

If the submitted film is selected for the festival program:

In the case of acceptance and inclusion of the submitted film in the 2024 festival program, the following points must be taken into consideration:
  • NO rental fees can be paid for festival screenings in Linz as part of the Local Artists competition. All selected films in this program section will participate in the Local Artists competition (Competition Local Artists).
  • After the acceptance of a film into the festival program by e-mail, the screening material (DCP only!) must be delivered to the festival office by 29 February, 2024 at the latest.
  • The screening material is insured from reception of the material until its return after the screening / after the festival.
  • The costs for the return transport of the screening material to locations outside of Linz will be covered by CROSSING EUROPE.
  • Furthermore, the filmmaker agrees to provide excerpts from their film for its promotion as well as for the promotion of the festival. In order to enable optimal promotion and presentation (festival magazine, press relations, website, social media, etc.) of the films, it is obligatory to send text and images to the festival immediately after the official acceptance. The exact requirements can be found in the official acceptance e-mail from the festival, which will be sent out after the end of the selection process in February 2024.
  • Please note!
    The festival cannot cover travel or accommodation costs for film guests/directors of works in the Local Artists program.
Festival Accreditation: The directors of the selected films will receive an accreditation for the entire duration of the festival and thus free access to all festival events. Directors of non-selected yet properly submitted works will receive an industry accreditation for a reduced price upon request.

Important Information about the Submission Process:

  • There is no submission fee.
  • You may submit more than one film to the festival, but you must submit a completed submission form for each individual film. 
    Please note: For technical reasons, it is not possible to start filling out multiple forms at the same time. If you want to submit multiple films, please save each form as a draft or submit it before starting the next form, otherwise you might experience problems when saving.
  • Please understand that CROSSING EUROPE is not obliged to provide feedback or justification for the selection decisions. The final film selection is based on a variety of criteria.
  • By submitting a film you furthermore accept the festival’s rules and regulations as stated here.

Technical Instructions:

  • CROSSING EUROPE account: To submit a film you must be logged into a CROSSING EUROPE account. Please note that accounts from past years are still valid. If you do not have an account yet, you can register at any time.
  • Confirmation e-mail about completed submission: Please make sure you fill out the submission form properly and submit it successfully. Once you’ve finished the submission process, you should receive a confirmation e-mail for the completed submission (Please check your spam folder!). Once the form has been submitted, you can no longer edit it.
  • Save submission as draft: You can save submission forms while you are working on them if you wish to complete them at a later time - select "Save draft" at the end of the form.
  • Overview of drafts and submissions: To access your drafts and completed submissions, please log in at the top of the page on the right.
  • Session time-out: If possible, please try to complete the form without time interruptions to avoid the session expiring (after 15 min without activity, the session will expire, which, if the submission has not been submitted or saved as a draft, means the loss of the data entered so far - 15 min per page)
ATTENTION: After submitting the form, you should receive a confirmation email at the e-mail address specified in the form. Please also check your spam folder if necessary. If you have not received this e-mail, please repeat the submission process using a different internet browser. If you still have not received an e-mail confirmation, please contact us at .

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