Fiction & Documentary

Camille Hébert-Bénazet

Head of Cannes Court Métrage, is in charge of the sprawling beehive that is the six-day program called Short Film Corner, organized by the Festival de Cannes. She is also a member of the Cannes Short Film Selection Committee. After studying Art, Communication and Language in Nice, she joined the festival in 2008. She has worked with Le Public Système Cinéma (for Deauville American FF and Marrakech IFF) and collaborated with director Cristian Mungiu on “Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest”.

Jason Anderson

is the Lead Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Short Cuts program. He’s also the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. A longtime critic and arts journalist in Toronto, he writes regularly for Uncut Magazine, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, and POV and was a writer and script consultant for The VICE Guide to Film. He teaches at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

Sebastian Höglinger

Festival Director Diagonale, has been co-director of the Festival of Austrian Film in Graz since 2015. Prior to that he worked for numerous film festivals before becoming co-director of YOUKI – International Youth Media Festival in Wels (AT), a position he held until 2014. Born 1983 in Linz, Höglinger lives and works in Vienna and Graz. This year, his contract with Diagonale was renewed until 2021.

Animation Avantgarde

Vessela Dantcheva

Animation Film Director & Producer, graduated in animation from Rotterdam Art Academy in 2002. After working in the Netherlands for ten years, she moved back to her hometown Sofia to set up the production company Compote Collective. She developed, directed, and produced internationally acclaimed artistic animations (including her latest films Hierarchy Glitch and Women deserve more). Vessela currently teaches at New Bulgarian University and National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia.

María Molina Peiró

is an Audiovisual Artist and Filmmaker. Her body of work includes films, video art and new media installations. Her work has been exhibited at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Louvre Museum, EYE Film Museum, and MACBA, among others. Her films have been featured in festivals like IFF Rotterdam, Taiwan Video Art Biennale or IndieLisboa. María holds a BA from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Seville and an MA from the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam.

Sebastian Buerkner

is an Artist working predominately in moving image based in London. His experimental works focus on specific phenomena of visual or audible perception and explore the subjectivity of experience. For over a decade his practice was based exclusively in animation but recently also includes live-action. His films and installations are exhibited at art galleries and at international film festivals, where they have won several awards.

Austrian Competition

Jessica Kiang

is a Berlin-based Film Critic who is almost never in Berlin, writing regularly for Variety, The Playlist, Sight & Sound, BBC Culture and anyone else who’ll have her, reporting from and jurying at festivals around the world. She is noted for her excellent digestion and comically appalling sense of direction.

Thomas Grimshaw

is currently a Senior Programmer at the London Short Film Festival where he curates both the international competition selection and special events with an emphasis on experimental or artist-based work. He holds an MA in documentary filmmaking from the London College of Communication and has also worked in film distribution at Artificial Eye and as a freelance post-production editor.

Sebastian Brameshuber

Filmmaker,­ studied Stage Design at the Vienna Uni­versity of Applied Arts and cinema at the French research center Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. Since 2004 his work has been regularly present and occasionally awarded at film and media art festivals such as the Berlinale, Cinéma du Réel, Viennale, FID Marseille, among others. For his third feature Movements of a Nearby Mountain he was awarded the Grand Prix Cinéma du Réel 2019.

Austrian Music Video Award

Inja Korac

Program Coordinator and Programmer at the Motovun Film Festival, holds a degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Zagreb and completed a Master in Audiovisual Management in Spain. She is head of the industry program for Zagreb FF, and a programmer for Beldocs. An associate at the festival department of Taskovski Films and in charge of Motovun FF distribution, she has worked as a film distributor, cinema programmer, and TV journalist.

Anita Brunnauer

a.k.a nita. lives and works as a freelance Graphic Designer and Visualist in Vienna. She studied Multimedia Art with a focus on media design at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. She founded nita. studio für visuelle gestaltung in early 2014. As a visualist nita. is part of sound:frame AV; her works continuously oscillate between daydream and nightwatch, surface and depth. A visual highwire act in niches.

Marlene Engel

“Citizens’ Curator”, music curator, promoter, and activist. After decades of independently promoting the event series Bliss, she spent two years responsibly spending taxpayers’ money at the Vienna Festival and founded the Hyperreality – Festival for Club Culture. Prior to that, Marlene worked as a curator and allrounder for donaufestival, Elevate Festival, and sound:frame. She is an associate at RRRIOT Festival.

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Austrian Competition

Youth Jury

This year’s youth jury is made up of apprentices of the “Workshop for Technical Professions,” the “Center of Technology,” and STAR Vocational School of Jugend am Werk Bildungs:Raum GmbH.

These young people will award a prize for the best film in the Austrian Competition. The twenty-three films eligible will be discussed at the joint screenings with two film experts and serve as the basis for an exploration of filmic works that imparts the proper tools to analyze and assess films.

The project will culminate in the announcement of the Youth Jury Award winner during the overall awards ceremony. The Youth ­Jury’s Favorites will be presented as a special program on Friday during the festival week.

Members of the Youth Jury: Alexander Al Abid, Anna Sopic, Christin Pfeifer, David Tröstler, Ilvy Albustin, Jasmina Matic, Mark Breithofer, Pascal Scherl, Solveig Kaiser, Thomas Moser, Vanessa Resl


In cooperation with Jugend am Werk & Bildung und außerschulische Jugendbetreuung (Magistratsabteilung 13)