10 Years! – CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz

Just over nine years ago, in September 2003, the CROSSING EUROPE Film Festival Linz was launched. At that time Festival Director Christine Dollhofer, together with Wolfgang Steininger, initiator of the festival and operator of the cinema Moviemento/City-Kino, presented her vision of a European film festival in Linz. Since then CROSSING EUROPE has successfully taken place nine times, and over the years the festival has gone from being a tip for insiders to becoming a recognized fixed item on the European festival map. This is also evident in the impressive numbers – 1,361 films, 137,500 visitors, and 4,790 professional guests in nine years.

So in 2013 CROSSING EUROPE 2013 sets out again to present a young generation of directors from Europe to a broader audience in Austria and to distinguish their work with money and material prizes – and all of this within a professional framework and in the accustomed comfortable atmosphere.

CROSSING EUROPE remains true to its program again this year for the anniversary edition, which takes place from 23 to 28 April 2013, relying as ever on the allure of European auteur cinema. In 2013, now for the tenth time, Festival Director Christine Dollhofer invites high-quality, European filmmaking and numerous highlights from the past festival season (from A-festivals in Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice or San Sebastián), as well as selected local filmmaking to Linz/Danube.

The official program presents international film guests and the local cinema audience with a total of 162 selected feature films, documentaries and short films from 40 different countries – including 96 Austrian premieres (32 of them world premieres). The festival edition 2013 thus comprises a total of 165 program slots.