Press Release #4/20
Canceled, but active!
The yearly CROSSING EUROPE program press conference would have been today, in which we would have announced the entire film and framework program for the seventeenth edition of the festival. For this reason we want to give you an update from the festival office today.
For months we have been working intensely on this year’s festival program. Countless hours, and vast amounts of enthusiasm were put into curating this year’s edition. That is why we publish the entire program of CROSSING EUROPE 2020 for documentation purposes online.
After the official announcement of the cancellation of CROSSING EUROPE 2020 on 18 March, the first thing we had to do was intern consolidation – on an organizational, financial, and mental level. One thing we can say for certain is that we must take every measure necessary to curb the spread of the virus, and so we will be spending a lot of time at home. For this reason we are very happy that we managed to organize an alternative program in the form of “Crossing Europe – 2020 EXTRACTS”.
This alternative program intends to make a small contribution to the continuity of film and cultural life in Austria in three stages, and invites audiences on a virtual journey over all the cinematographic continent of Europe. These include a live film evening on 21 April, ten current European feature and documentary films from the main 2020 program as a streaming offer for the Austrian audience and a selection of festival films to be shown in cinemas at a later date.