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.