In 2015 CROSSING EUROPE placed a focus on the “next generation” of European filmmakers for the first time with the program focal point Cinema Next Future in cooperation with the young talents initiative Cinema Next.
Conceived as a platform for European-wide exchange and networking, this section now goes into the third round. The emphasis is again on discovering fresh voices and promoting young European cinema. In six hand-picked film programs, assembled under the title Very Bright Future, strong positions of young European film are presented: young filmmakers who present a strong profile with their current works – which from a curatorial perspective are not only promising for European cinema and its art, but also for the audience. Yet the stories and their realization in film are by no means compliant or less courageous: they range from short films to feature-length films, from festival successes (DIE BESTE ALLER WELTEN, DAS UNMÖGLICHE BILD) and artistic works (I AM TRULY A DROP OF SUN ON EARTH) all the way way stark documentaries (IKONA).
In addition to the presentation of film programs, this section also includes a framework program, to which film students, young film, media & culture studies scholars, and young talents in the field of film are cordially invited. Plans include a case study on the topic of “festival strategies” as well as networking meetings and informal discussions. Cinema Next Europa is intended to create a European platform for young talents in film within the framework of the festival. This section addresses all the filmmakers who want to take a further step in the direction of a professional “film career” as well as an audience interested in the filmmaking of the “next generation”.