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Press releases 2017

1.5.2017: Résumé 2017

The 14th CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival ended yesterday and has been more than satisfactory. Roughly 23,000 festival visitors were counted in the past six days at 182 screenings and 16 supporting programs. Festival Director Christine Dollhofer is therefore happy to be able to announce a new visitor record.

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29.4.2017: Festival Awards 2017

The Awards Presentation of the 14th CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz took place today in the Ursulinensaal in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter. The evening was hosted by Markus Zett, who gave a sophisticated and charismatic performance as MC for the evening. With numerous international film guests, industry representatives and the press present, as well as representatives of the funders, sponsors and from politics – including Governor Thomas Stelzer, City Councilor Doris Lang-Mayerhofer, City Councilor Gerhard Weixelbaumer, gfk manager Wiltrud Katharina Hackl, Marco Zinz (manager of The Grand Post), ray publisher Andreas Ungerböck and the Director of the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter, Martin Sturm – the CROSSING EUROPE AWARDS (money & material prizes with a value of € 28.000,-) were presented to the winners; Festival Director Christine Dollhofer’s preliminary resume of the festival is a positive one.

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12.4.2017: Festival Program 2017

In 2017 CROSSING EUROPE shifts the provincial capital city of Linz to the center of the European festival map now for the 14th time, seeking to raise enthusiasm for unconventional cinema from Europe with hand-picked current socio-political films and numerous film guests present. In the coming edition of the festival, which takes place from 25 to 30 April, the program includes 160 European feature films and documentaries.

With the present film selection CROSSING EUROPE seeks again to throw a spotlight on the various nuances of the (film) continent of Europe. With the program of the 14th festival edition, the festival offers manifold and cinephile insights into a continent with a complex history, a conflicted present, and yet a hopeful future. It is a continent often rebuked now, but one that holds so many strong narratives and offers a tremendous abundance of possibilities and perspectives with its multidimensionality. And it is exactly at this point that CROSSING EUROPE 2017 wants to come in and present this diversity of filmic forms, traditions, and themes – as an invitation to a direct engagement with European life worlds and as a cinematic declaration of love for Europe.

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15.3.2017: Opening Films, Spotlight: Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Partner Projects, Nightline & Display Window Competition

The 2017 festival opening with five hand-picked film premieres and the facade projection of the CROSSING EUROPE | Art Prize award-winners in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter, Spotlight on the acclaimed Turkish director Yeşim Ustaoğlu, our new festival trailer SUMI, the new partner project SCHOOL @ CROSSING EUROPE, the newly launched CROSSING EUROPE film collection on the VoD platform FLIMMIT, the exciting line-up for this year’s Nightline, and the start of the GOLDEN BAG display window competition in the city center of Linz.
Finally, a little reminder: deadline for accreditation is 20 March!

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23.2.2017: Festival Trailer 2017

CROSSING EUROPE is pleased to announce that the new festival trailer SUMI (powered by Energie AG Upper Austria) has been made by the Linz-based director duo LAS GAFAS (Luzi Katamay and Christian Dietl), who have presented numerous short films and music videos over the years at CROSSING EUROPE.

Completely free in its form, SUMI – the eponymous black-brown ink – flows and crawls across the paper. Sometimes forming an animal, sometimes a human, it draws sometimes significant lines right across the grained landscape. Although without commentary, it is hauntingly amplified by the atmospheric sound by Enrique Tomás. Just like at the visual level, here analog meets digital. The deep and heavy basses accentuate the main motif, with electrically distorted string instruments highlighting the finely textured nuances in between.

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6.2.2017: Program Strand "Architecture and Society", Art Award Winners & Live Performance @ AEC

Most of the festival films have now been selected, and the first travel arrangements for our international film guests have already been booked. The cooperation partners for the coming festival are ready to go, and following the announcement of this year’s Tribute – which is dedicated to the renowned Polish artist couple Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal – further program highlights for the 14th edition of the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz, which takes place from 25 to 30 April 2017, are announced today.

The program section ARCHITECTURE AND SOCIETY goes into the eighth round under the motto “Gender & Space”, this year’s prize winners of the OK | Art Prize of the Energie AG Upper Austria are Christoph Frey and Denise Mair, and the audiovisual live performance LAS DOS CARAS – ON THE DUALITY OF MIGRATION offers the festival audience a multimedia highlight in Deep Space 8K in AEC.

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19.12.2016: Tribute 2017, Art Prize & Call for Films

A first Update

Festival Director Christine Dollhofer is pleased to be able to look back on a successful festival year 2016. Not only does the extremely positive feedback from the audience, industry guests and media suggest that 2017 will be equally successful, but the current economic figures also indicate a promising future.
Work on the film program for April is already well under way, but it is still possible to submit films – for the European sections as well as for the LOCAL ARTIST section – until 9 January 2017. The competition for the CROSSING EUROPE | Art Prize of the Energie AG is still open until 15 January 2017.
It has meanwhile almost become a tradition to announce the TRIBUTE for the coming festival year before Christmas – in 2017 the festival devotes the TRIBUTE section to the Polish artist duo Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal: the first survey show of their film work at a festival anywhere, for which they will both be in Linz to present their works in person.

Full press release HERE


Press releases 2016

18.10.2016: Save the Date & Filmeinreichung

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26.4.2016: Résumé 2016

Yesterday the 13th CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival came to a highly successful conclusion. Festival Director Christine Dollhofer is again delighted by how tremendously well the festival was received by visitors: 22,000 festival guests stormed the film screenings, exhibitions, talks and nightline.
For almost 13 years now CROSSING EUROPE has been dedicated to the idea of accessibly presenting sophisticated European filmmaking in Linz and offering an opportunity for direct exchange with the filmmakers present from all over Europe – as it was again this year. For six days the city center of Linz, with the established festival district around the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter and the festival cinemas, was transformed into the throbbing heart of the festival.

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24.4.2016: Festival Awards 2016

The Awards Presentation of the 13th CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz took place this evening in the Ursulinensaal of the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter. The host for the evening was Markus Zett, while the musician and performer CHERRY SUNKIST provided an atmospheric sound experience. The CROSSING EUROPE AWARDS (money and material prizes with a value of about € 28,500) were presented with numerous international film guests, industry representatives and the press present, along with representatives of the funders and sponsors and from politics – including member of the provincial parliament Gisela Peutlberger-Naderer, Director of Culture for the Province Reinhold Kräter, and City Councilor Bettina Stadlbauer. Festival Director Christine Dollhofer’s provisional résumé of the festival was a positive one.

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6.4.2016: Festival Program 2016

With this year’s film selection CROSSING EUROPE again seeks to spotlight the different nuances of the (film) continent of Europe, indeed to offer multifaceted and cinephile insights into a continent and its obvious complexity with the program of the 13th festival, inviting a direct engagement with European life worlds.

This year’s program is just as multifaceted as the film continent of Europe – artistic auteur cinema from Europe presents itself with a broad range of themes and styles from 20 to 25 April in Linz. 162 outstanding feature films, documentaries and short films from 35 different countries are presented for the festival audience to choose from, including several world premieres and internationally acclaimed films shown for the first time in Austria, which – with only a few exceptions – find no room in regular cinema programs despite their festival successes. Numerous film highlights from the past festival season can be seen (from festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Toronto, Sundance or San Sebastían) as well as selected local film productions.

 In 2016, with hand-picked socio-political films and numerous film guests present, CROSSING EUROPE again seeks to arouse pleasure in unconventional cinema from Europe and pleasure in a – sometimes radical or even sensuous – artistic engagement with the (life) world that surrounds us. 

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3.3.2016: Opening Films & Program Preview

In 2016, now already for the 13th time, the film festival CROSSING EUROPE shifts the provincial capital city of Linz to the center of the European festival map, arousing enthusiasm for unconventional cinema from Europe with hand-picked current socio-political films and numerous film guests present.
Festival Director Christine Dollhofer and her team thus present 160 outstanding, hand-picked feature films, documentaries and short films from all over Europe – including several world premieres and internationally distinguished films presented for the first time in Austria. The program includes numerous film highlights from the past festival season (from A-festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice or San Sebastian), cinephile delights, and selected local film work.
The festival begins this year in the afternoon of the opening day (20 April) with the start of films from all program sections. In the evening then, the opening of CROSSING EUROPE will be celebrated with six selected premieres showing a representative cross-section from this year’s festival program and clearly illustrating the rich multifacetedness of European filmmaking. The hand-picked positions cinematically probe the current state of Europe and treat it in artistically different ways. Numerous film guests are expected for the festival opening in the Ursulinensaal, who will provide further information.
Outside, the premiere of the outdoor installation CAPTIVE HORIZON by Lukas Marxt (winner of the CROSSING EUROPE | Art Prize of the Energie AG 2016) can be experienced on the facade of the OK building in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter. The Nightline on the opening evening, starting at 10:00 pm in the OK | Mediendeck, features local forces: LIME CRUSH with Lo-Fi-Indie-Punk in the spirit of the north-western American underground and queer culture, and the DJ duo BAUER & FRAU from Linz.

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8.2.2016: Festival Trailer, CINEMA NEXT EUROPE, CROSSING EUROPE | Art Prize Energie AG, Call for Projects

As in previous years, the 2016 edition of CROSSING EUROPE, the second largest international film festival in Austria, is dedicated to European auteur cinema. With roughly 160 carefully selected films dealing with contemporary socio-political issues, the 13th edition of CROSSING EUROPE aims to attract audiences to unconventional films from Europe by presenting them for the first time in Austria and by awarding the competition winners with money and material prizes.

The festival audience can look forward to numerous programme highlights: As already announced in December, CROSSING EUROPE will dedicate this year’s Tribute to the famed documentary director from the Czech Republic, Helena Třeštíková. In addition to presenting her latest works and a cross-section of her oeuvre from the past 40 years, she will also hold a master class.
The second edition of the programme section CINEMA NEXT EUROPE, which was launched in 2015 for the first time, will be held under the motto HEIMATLAND – WONDERLAND, focusing on works by European newcomers. The 2016 festival trailer was created by the young media artist Jola Wieczorek, who grew up in Upper Austria. And this year’s winner of the CROSSING EUROPE | Energie AG Upper Austria Art Prize is Lukas Marxt. Furthermore, the OÖKB – the Upper Austrian Association of Composers will launch a call for proposals for a one-month workshop in Villa Stonborough-Wittgenstein in Gmunden aimed at realising projects that combine visual and auditory art.

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Press releases 2015

16.12.2015: Tribute 2016 & Film Entry

It has become a tradition that the name of the TRIBUTE Guest for the coming year is announced shortly before Christmas – in 2016 the TRIBUTE section of the festival is devoted to the renowned documentary film director Helena Třeštíková from the Czech Republic. In addition to presenting current works as well as older cinema and TV films from the last 40 years, she will also hold a masterclass.
Work on the film program for April is already well under way. Several hundred film entries have meanwhile reached the festival office, thus ushering in the intensive phase of viewing and arranging the program. Festival Director Christine Dollhofer and her team remain true to their program and continue to rely on the presentation of unconventional, European auteur cinema – the program is planned to include around 160 hand-picked feature films and documentaries from all over Europe as Austrian premieres.
It is still possible to submit films – for the European sections as well as for the LOCAL ARTISTS section – until 5 January 2016.
The call for the CROSSING EUROPE | Art Prize of the Energie AG is open until 17 January 2016.

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    28.4.2015: Resume 2015

    Today the twelfth CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz comes to a highly successful conclusion. Festival Director Christine Dollhofer is pleased to announce a new audience record this year. Almost 22.000 festival visitors (estimating the last festival day with 28 film programs) stormed the venues and transformed the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter into the vibrant hub of the provincial capital city.

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    27.4.2015: Awards 2015

    The Awards Presentation for the twelfth CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz took place today in the Ursulinensaal of the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter. Markus Zett moderated the evening, the musician and sound-tinkerer FUMP provided an energizing sound experience. The CROSSING EUROPE AWARDS were presented with numerous international film guests present, as well as industry representatives and press along with representatives of patrons, sponsors and from politics – including Vice-Mayer and Speaker for Culture Bernhard Baier and as a Representative of the City of Linz Stefan Giegler – and Festival Director Christine Dollhofer presented the first, highly positive results of the festival.

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    8.4.2015: Festival Program 2015

    The Twelfth Festival Edition

    CROSSING EUROPE remains true to its program this year and relies on the attractiveness of European auteur cinema. Daring to focus the contents of an entire festival on Europe without turning a blind eye to socio-political imbalances or social wounds has paid off. In addition, the festival in 2015 again strives to present young filmmakers from Europe to a wider public in Austria and to award prizes to the young directors. From 23 to 28 April, CROSSING EUROPE will present about 160 outstanding hand-picked feature films, documentaries and short films from all over Europe – a lot of premieres as well as internationally awarded films which will be shown for the first time in Austria. The festival invites numerous highlights from the past festival season (from A-Festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw or San Sebastían) as well as high-quality local filmmaking. CROSSING EUROPE, the second-largest international film festival in Austria, also concentrates on films from so-called "low capacity countries", i.e. countries with a smaller and underdeveloped film industry, and productions that find no room in the regular cinema business far too often and despite international festival success.
    In the official program, international festival guests and the local cinema audience can look forward to a total of 160 selected feature films, documentaries, and short films from 45 different countries – including 109 premieres (42 world premieres, 4 international premieres and 65 Austrian premieres). The festival year 2015, the twelfth festival edition, comprises a total of 180 program places.

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    10.3.2015: Festival Opening & Program Preview

    CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz opens on 23 April in the Ursulinensaal of the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter and in the established festival cinemas Moviemento and City-Kino with two world premieres by young filmmakers from Upper Austria (EVDEKI SES – 22m2 Österreich by Ufuk Serbest and AUF DER SUCHE NACH ISOLDE / SEARCHING FOR ISOLDE by Barbara Windtner) as well as two Austrian premieres (THE VISIT by CROSSING EUROPE award-winner Michael Madsen and WELP / THE CUB by the Belgian genre talent Jonas Govaerts), and as the first Tribute opener Sergei Loznitsa’s first, highly acclaimed feature film SCHASTE MOE / MY JOY will be presented for the first time in Linz.
    The first program highlights from the program sections European Panorama, Working Worlds, and Architecture & Society offer a glimpse of the prospects of the twelfth CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL LINZ (23 – 28 April 2015).
    In addition, the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter is involved not only as the established festival center, but also with the OK as exhibition venue as an important contributor to the program with its own projects from the crossover field of film and visual art.
    For the first time this year, the publication of the festival program and the start of ticket pre-sales will be celebrated with a special Program Release Party in Linz. The “Golden Bag” display window competition will be conducted again this year, now already for the second time.

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    24.2.2015: Opening Films, Upper Austrian Premiere of "Brenna tuat's schon lang" & Festival Trailer

    For the first time the festival will already start in the afternoon of the Opening Day (23 April): films from all program sections will be screened, then the opening of CROSSING EUROPE will be celebrated in the evening with five outstanding premieres representing the broad spectrum of the festival program. Three of those films are announced today by Festival Director Christine Dollhofer: the Austrian premiere of THE VISIT (DK, AT, IE, FI, NO 2015) by the established Danish director Michael Madsen, who already won the CROSSING EUROPE Award European Documentary in 2011 for INTO ETERNITY (DK 2009). From the section LOCAL ARTISTS, the opening evening features two world premieres at once of documentary films by young Upper Austrian filmmakers: EVDEKI SES - 22m² Österreich (AT 2015) by Ufuk Serbest, about Turkish migrant women of the first generation, and AUF DER SUCHE NACH ISOLDE / SEARCHING FOR ISOLDE (AT, DE, SI, AR 2015) by Barbara Windtner, a dance-road-movie following the traces of Isolde Klietmann, a pioneer in dance from Linz during the inter-war period. Starting today, the new festival trailer is also online: CINÉMA VARIÉTÉ was created by the young media artist Katharina Gruzei. A further highlight of the coming festival – especially for the audience – will certainly be the Upper Austrian premiere (24 April) of the long-awaited music documentary film by Marcus H. Rosenmüller: HUBERT VON GOISERN – BRENNA TUAT’S SCHON LANG (AT, DE 2015), which will celebrate its premiere with Hubert von Goisern and the director present. 


    3.2.2015: CINEMA NEXT Europe, Festival Trailer & OK | Art Prize

    Work on the festival program is going on under full steam for the coming CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz, which takes place from Thursday, 23 April to Tuesday, 28 April this year. Now for the twelfth time already, the festival devotes its program again in 2015 to contemporary and socio-critical auteur cinema from Europe, devoting special attention to work by a young generation of directors, who will be distinguished with money and material prizes. Over the course of six days, Festival Director Christine Dollhofer and her team present about 180 current European feature films, documentaries, and short films, largely Austrian premieres. The film entries are impressive not only because of their quality, but also their quantity. Almost 1,000 productions have been viewed over the course of the year, of which roughly 180 alone are film works by local filmmakers (2014: 190).
    Numerous program highlights await the festival audience in the coming festival: as already announced in December, this year CROSSING EUROPE devotes the Tribute to the Ukrainian-born and internationally celebrated director Sergei Loznitsa In addition, CINEMA NEXT Europe is a new program focal point for European newcomers in filmmaking. The festival is also delighted to announce that the Festival Trailer 2015 will be designed by the young media artist Katharina Gruzei.