Less than two weeks until the 19th CROSSING EUROPE

11.04.2022 // In just under two weeks Linz will once again become the central hub for European cinema: The nineteenth edition of CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival will take place between 27 April and 2 May 2022. Currently the festival team – under the new leadership of Sabine Gebetsroither and Katharina Riedler – is in the final phase of compiling the program, hundreds of submissions from various countries around the continent have been sighted over the past weeks and months. What can already be said is that festival audiences can once more look forward to ambitious and contemporary film that will bring the many facets of Europe to the silver screen. Aside from around 130 feature films and documentaries from all across Europe, we once again offer the chance for a direct and transnational exchange with attending filmmakers. Based on the current situation we are planning on holding the festival as an in-person event. The safety of the audiences and the team are our highest priority, and so it goes without saying that all sections of the program will take place in adherence to the safety measures concerning the Covid-19 pandemic in place at the time. The experience of organizing last year’s Corona-edition gives us a good basis for the realization of the festival this year.
The festival venues will consist of the established venues of the Moviemento & City-Kino, the OÖ Kulturquartier with the Ursulinensaal, and for the second time the Central will also be a festival location. Talk events, the YAAAS! Youth Program and a musical nightline on the OK Square and on the OK Deck will be possible again, depending on the current situation. Last year the supporting program had to take place in a modified version due to the ongoing pandemic.
Besides the experience of collectively watching a film in person – a fact that deserves highlighting during this extraordinary time – CROSSING EUROPE @ HOME will also offer online elements of the festival at home. This includes live streams of the talks and a hand-picked selection of films as VOD.
Next to a cinematographic journey through Europe, CROSSING EUROPE also puts a particular focus on regional filmmaking: The competition program Local Artists will screen around fifty submissions that have a connection to Upper Austria. We are happy to be able to announce a program highlight in this regard: The renowned artist from Linz, Dietmar Brehm, will present two hand-picked programs of short films as a Local Artists Special. Another highlight has also already been fixed, the Tribute section this year is dedicated to the Belgian filmmaker Fabrice du Welz, who is known for his films that move freely between the genres of horror, drama, and thriller.