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Crossing Europe in Six Days

In not quite 3 months CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz will start its 16th edition. From April 25 to 30, CROSSING EUROPE puts the focus on European film for six days and will bring around 150 filmmakers from all over Europe to Linz and offer the festival audience the chance to enter into a direct exchange with the creatives.

In 2019 Europe is once again a highly discussed topic on every level – not only because 2019 marks the ten year anniversary of the highly successful cultural large-scale project “Linz 09 – European Capital Of Culture”, but also the European election that will take place in May 2019 has already begun to cast its shadow. This is why, for the festival director Christine Dollhofer and her team it is particularly important once again to present the (film-) continent Europe in all its facets and confront audiences with European living realities with around 170 current feature and documentary films.

CROSSING EUROPE has dedicated itself from the very beginning on to the “European Idea”. The festival sees itself as a transnational project and a connecting cinematic event with a European focus, that intends to contribute towards getting to know the continent Europe better in terms of its variety and multilingualism.

Currently everything in the festival office revolves around the final selection of films. After sighting the around 900 European productions – circa 150 by local filmmakers from Upper Austria – the programmatic direction is being made. In this context we are happy to present the very first program highlights of the 16th edition of CROSSING EUROPE to you: the Tribute will be dedicated to the established Spanish director Jaime Rosales, in our Local Artists section we collected the works of the artist and director Edith Stauber from Linz for a Special, and our program has expanded to include a fourth competition section – the YAAAS! Competition – that was curated by our YAAAS! Young Programmers. Three of the YAAAS! Competition films will also be shown in special school screenings.