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Festival date: May 26 to May 31; Edition: 12; City: Vienna, Austria; Submission deadline: January 4, 2015

VIS is the largest short film festival in Austria and one of the most accented in Europe with a special focus on innovative cinematic language and narration. Every year at the end of May/beginning of June, the festival is all about international short films with a maximum length of 30 minutes, always capturing experiences in and outside of the cinema, presenting the new and old in a lively way, showing connections within.

VIS wants to create tension and encourage fantasies, pique people’s curiosity and incite discussions, in short: generate the desire for short films. No matter if fiction or documentary films, animated or experimental work – at best, the experience of watching a film doesn’t end with the credits rolling and the festival represents enrichment for both the local audience as well as international short filmmaking.

The festival presents films in five competition sections as well as Spotlights, Retrospectives, Special Programs, and Expanded Cinema. With its Vienna Shorts Agency – founded in 2014 – the festival continues and enhances the promotion of short films year round.


The competitions consist of short films with a maximum length of 30 minutes. Each competition has its own jury (except for Très chic), and awards.

• Fiction & Documentary (international fiction films, documentaries and narrative animation). Awards: Vienna Short Film Award, Audience Award; and other awards.
• Animation Avantgarde (international experimental films, non narrative animation) - Awards: ASIFA Austria Award, Audience Award; and other awards.
• Austrian Competition (films with Austria as country of production and/or films by Austrian filmmakers). Awards: Austrian Short Film Award, Audience Award; and other awards.
• Music Video Competition (national and international music videos of all kinds) Awards: Jury Award, Audience Award.
• Très Chic (national and international films with absurd or peculiar humour) Award: Audience Award.

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Please find the submission regulations below and don't hesitate to contact us via film(a) in case you have any questions.

Submission regulations


Each short film must be entered for one of the competitions. The selection committees reserve the right to assign the film to another competition at VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2015. Short films of up to 30 minutes, produced in 2013, 2014 or 2015, may be submitted. Each film can only be submitted once. All languages are accepted. If the original language of the submitted film is not English a copy with English subtitles has to be provided. For selection purposes films in German without subtitles are accepted. (see section 5).


The entrant agrees that his or her film will not be screened publicly in Vienna from the 1 of December 2014 until he or she has been informed about the selection status of his or her film (due 1st of April 2015). If the film is being accepted for VIS 2015, the entrant agrees that his or her film will not be screened publicly in Vienna outside of the festival until after the end of the festival. Exempt from this rule are private screenings and television broadcasts.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2015.
The following material has to be provided in addition to each submitted film:

1) At least 1 film still (300 dpi)
2) Director's filmography
3) A list with previous screenings of this submission, including awards
4) Main credits
5) Information about previous screenings in Austria

The person or institution submitting the film is responsible for clearing all rights regarding the content of the work. By submitting, they state that they are authorized representatives thereof, i. e. that screening or other use of the film by VIS Vienna Independent Shorts does not infringe rights held by third parties. They furthermore shall indemnify the festival against all third-party claims in connection with screening / using the film in the course of the festival. This includes covering any legal costs that might be incurred.

The owner(s) of the rights of the selected film(s) grant VIS Vienna Independent Shorts the right to make copies of the selected film(s) for press purposes and the film market as well as to archive these copies. These copies will not be used for commercial screening purposes by any means.

The festival is entitled to include selected films in the film market during the duration of the festival. The film market is open to accredited national and international industry guests only; the films are made available at screening booths.

The festival reserves the right to show excerpts of up to one minute of the films included in the festival program for advertising purposes on television or in cinemas. This right expires four weeks after the end of the festival. Furthermore the festival reserves the unrestricted right to publish, for advertising purposes, film stills of the films shown at the festival.

The festival is entitled to show the selected films during the duration of the festival. If the film receives an award at VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2015 the festival reserves the right to show the film two times within a year from the festival as part of a best-of program to promote the winning filmmakers as well as the festival. If the film is to be shown the submitter will be informed ahead of time.

The festival chooses freely from the submitted films. The entrants are not in any way entitled to have their film shown at VIS. They will be notified whether or not their films will be shown until the 1st of April 2015.


Accepted formats: Film: 16mm and 35mm; Video: DigiBeta, Betacam SP; DCP (unencrypted, Interop, SMPTE, 2k, 24fps, 25fps, 30fps); File: best possible quality (e.g. ProRes, H.264...) A backup file is to be submitted along with the screening copy – this does not apply for screening copies that are submitted as a file.

The festival reserves the right to convert digital files for screening purposes. The screening copies must arrive at the festival office no later than the 21st of April 2015.

If the original version of the film is in a language other than English, the film must be subtitled in English. The festival does not bear the cost of film rental for competition films. The selected filmmakers are not awarded compensation for participating in competition.

The films will be insured by the festival for the entire time of their being in the festival’s possession.

Dispatch inside Austria or from abroad: By mail or courier. All deliveries from outside the European Union must be marked with the phrase “no commercial value - for cultural purposes only”. We will not accept shipments for which we would have to bear shipping fees, duties, taxes or customs duties, and will not assume any responsibility for such shipments.


The applicant is responsible for the costs of sending the viewing and screening copies to the festival. The festival covers the costs of returning/forwarding screening copies.

All screening copies will be sent back to the applicant as registered mail as soon as possible after the festival. Please note: Preview copies will not be returned, but stored in the VIS Vienna Independent Shorts archive.


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