This section with nine to eleven new feature films offers a significant selection of current European young cinema dealing with contemporary subjects. This meant-to-be fresh and original section is open to first and second films of a director only and an Austrian premiere is mandatory.
Festival awards for this section:
CROSSING EUROPE Award - Best Fiction Film
€ 5.000,- powered by Linz / Department of Culture
CROSSING EUROPE Audience Award - Best Fiction Film
€ 5.000,- powered by the Federal Province of Upper Austria / Department of Culture
This Competition sections contains six current European feature-length films, selected by a group of juveniles, the so-called YAAAS! Young Programmers. The YAAAS! Youth Jury awards the prize to one of these films.
Award in this section:
CROSSING EUROPE Award – YAAAS! Youth Jury
€ 3.000,- powered by Crossing Europe
European Panorama Fiction
A panorama of features thematically fitting the festival's profile. Shows films which earned international acclaim during the current season, were awarded in other festivals and are premieres for the Austrian audience.
European Panorama Documentary
A panorama of documentary films thematically fitting the festival's profile. Shows films which earned international acclaim during the current season, were awarded in other festivals and are premieres for the Austrian audience.
(in cooperation with the Upper Austrian Chamber of Labor - Department of Culture, curated by Katharina Riedler)
This section spotlights European working worlds and realities in times of globalization and economic crises.
Architecture & Society
(in cooperation with afo architecture forum upper austria, curated by Lotte Schreiber)
This program section comprises selected films about “architecture and society”.
The TRIBUTE section of the festival is dedicated to outstanding European film artists, therefore the festival presents their complete works for the first time in Austria.
Tribute 2004: Matteo Garrone (IT), Priit Pärn (EE)
Tribute 2005: Peter Braatz & Maja Weiss (DE/SI)
Tribute 2006: Susanna Helke and Virpi Suutari (FI)
Tribute 2007: Marc Recha (ES)
Tribute 2008: Lithuanian DocumentsAudrius Stonys (LT), Arunas Matelis (LT) und Sharunas Bartas (LT)
Tribute 2009: Ursula Meier and Lionel Baier (CH)
Tribute 2010: Koktebel Film Company (RU)
Tribute 2011: Nanouk Leopold and Stienette Bosklopper (NL)
Tribute 2012: Anca Damian (RO)
Tribute 2013: Przemysław Wojcieszek (PL)
Tribute 2014: Joanna Hogg (GB)
Tribute 2015: Sergei Loznitsa (UA)
Tribute 2016: Helena Třeštíková (CZ)
Tribute 2017: Anka und Wilhelm Sasnal (PL)
Tribute 2018: Edoardo Winspeare (IT)
Tribute 2019: Jaime Rosales (ES)
Tribute 2020: VALIE EXPORT (AT)
The program section "Night Sight" (curated by Markus Keuschnigg) features confrontations with the manifold faces of the European “Fantastic Film".
Cinema Next Europe
Cinema Next Europe is a program feature for European upcoming talents and a platform for exchange and networking, in cooperation with Cinema Next and curated by Dominik Tschütscher, Wiktoria Pelzer und CROSSING EUROPE. To discover fresh voices and encourage young European cinema is one of the main concerns of this series.
With this competition section CROSSING EUROPE presents recent films from Upper Austria.
Festival awards for this section:
CROSSING EUROPE Award - Local Artist
€ 5.000,- powered by the Federal Province of Upper Austria - Department of Culture
€ 2.000,- voucher powered by THE GRAND POST - Audio & Picture Post Production
CROSSING EUROPE Innovative Award - Local Artist
€ 3.500,- powered by OÖ Kulturquartier
Local Artists Music Videos
With the Local Artists Music Videos program section CROSSING EUROPE offers Upper Austrian filmmakers a international platform for the presentation of their most recent work.
Festival award for this section:
CREATIVE REGION MUSIC VIDEO Award
€ 1.500,- powered by CREATIVE REGION Linz & Upper Austria