Festival Opening

The community and its deconstruction are the focus of this year’s opening programme, which is more than a mere crosssection of the buzzing festival scene with great prize-winners, gems and premieres this time round: right at the beginning, possibly the most famous family on TV is taken dissected, before a partnership of convenience on the Norwegian-Swedish borders gets out of hand. After the surprise film we witness abstract colour sculptures that are constantly growing and crumbling down again, before the family and its fragility take centre stage with a touch of suspense. Finally, the colour fields in the last film leave us with the feeling of something between power and helplessness, emphatically proving, as a symphonic finale, that happiness and unhappiness often come hand in hand.

Midnight Movies

Although the Midnight Movies weren’t initiated until 2013, their staggering success literally cried out for yet another sequel. With our saucy PopPorn programme we prove that porn is not always porn, while Très Chic presents current short film absurdities already for the eleventh time, along with several classics and favourites from previous years. New this year is our Nightmares programme, which will take us on a journey of trepidation.

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An interview marathon by Julius Deutschbauer

“He who has one [a sense of possibility], wouldn’t say, for example: this or that happened here, will happen, has to happen; he just invents: here […] could happen; and if you explain to him that something is, how it is, then he thinks: Well, it could probably also be different. […] Possibility people live […] in a finer web, in a web of mist, reverie and conjunctives.” Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities. Similarly, the people who agree to be interviewed by Julius Deutschbauer about a film they’ve never even seen are spun into a fine web with questions like: Which society would they find in their unseen film? What would be said? Would their description of their unseen film lure anybody from their hiding place? What images could their unseen film conjure up in them?

29.05.2015 - 23:15
Mobiles Stadtlabor

30.05.2015 - 23:00
Mobiles Stadtlabor

30 Jahre ASIFA Austria: Animated Experiments

To mark its 30-year jubilee, ASIFA AUSTRIA has put together a show of Austrian artistic animations. Works by the association’s members and other animations relevant to the institution were collected to form a film-pool from which individual programmes were put together for the series of events entitled “30 years ASIFA AUSTRIA”.

European Selection

The European Selection presents selected nominees of the European Film Awards (Short Matters!). In addition to that we will bring New Balkan Shorts to Vienna, with films that take us back in time and will surely lead to discussions. 
(New Balkan Shorts curated by Vladan Petkovic, Kratkofil)

Peter Sellers Rediscovered

For many, Peter Sellers, known for classics such as Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or the Pink Panther Series, is one of the greatest actors with comedic talent of all time. Little known, however, is that he played the lead in a series of three amusing short films in 1957, which were forgotten soon after their release. Recently found by coincidence during a clean-up and restored, these three short comedies will now be shown in cooperation with the Kurzfilmtage Winterthur – admission is free.

Screen Bandita

Screen Bandita are the Edinburgh and Melbourne-based collective of Lydia Beilby and Leanora Olmi. They create performative, live-cinema works using archival, found 8mm and 16mm film, slides, photographs and ephemera. Through
the exploration of the ‘forgotten’ and obsolete elements of photochemical film, the analogue projection medium and visual culture, Screen Bandita make elemental links with the past, while creating new participatory pieces very much rooted
in the present. Within their work they aim to foreground the notion of archives as vibrant, living entities to be constantly reinvigorated, reinterpreted, reinvented and debated.


Night of the Light hosted by Michael Ostrowski

Never change a winning team! Since Michael Ostrowski made such a lasting impression last year, we are delighted that the entertainer has agreed to come back and host the Night of the Light again. The topic for this year’s two-stage treatment and short film competition, Blackout, has inspired many people to submit their applications – not least a sign that the difficult format of the very short film is becoming ever more popular.

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Awards Ceremony

The highlight for all nominees and the festival's glittering finale: the awards ceremony. The awards are collectively endowed with over 20.000 euros again this year and the trophy is a small but solid "V" cast in concrete by our partners gabarage upcycling design.
While the newly decorated award winners celebrate their success with a glass of Champagne, the award-winning films will be shown on the big screen once more. This year you have the choice of seeing the films chosen by the jury or those picked by the audience – or ideally go and see both programmes:
At 19.30 we will screen the winners of the VIS Audience Awards, audience favourites of the international competitions Fiction & Documentary and Animation Avantgarde, the international music videos and the national competition.
Afterwards you can decide for yourselves, whether the juries made the right decisions: at 21.30 we will screen the winners of the Vienna Short Film Awards, chosen by juries in the competitions Fiction & Documentary, Animation Avantgarde, the national competition and the national music video competition.

31.05.2015 - 19:00
METRO Kinokulturhaus

31.05.2015 - 19:30
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

31.05.2015 - 21:30
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus