VIS Vienna Independent Shorts is celebrating its 10 years anniversary in 2013, showing more than 260 films from around 40 countries at the Künstlerhaus Kino and the Austrian film museum from May 28th to June 2nd, 2013. 75 films compete in three central competitions – Fiction & Documentary, Animation Avantgarde and the National Competition – for awards worth more than 20,000 euros, while the best Austrian music video is awarded with the first ever Austrian Music Video Award. A whole day will be decidated to music videos, including screenings as an „expanded cinema“ experience as well as a live concert at brut.
This year’s festival motto Strange Days was inspired by Kathryn Bigelow’s science fiction film and features a journey through the surreal cinema and a joint film programme with the international short film festivals of Winterthur and Hamburg, addressing the tiny everyday tremors as well as great social, cultural or geopolitical subversions.
Since 2004, VIS has honored well known filmmakers with tributes, from Miranda July to Ben Rivers and Virgil Widrich. This year, Austria’s biggest film festival honors Irish animation artist David OReilly, who will present his independent films, give a masterclass and show „found animation“ as a carte blanche at the film museum.
Other guests include Momoko Seto and Alexei Dmitriev as artists in residence, while special programs range from Midnight Movies to a 10 years highlight program, lectures and a program on political filmmaking. As festival previews, VIS pays tribute to Austrian avantgarde artists Michaela Grill and Billy Roisz (May 22/23) and release a strawberry double feature at Votivkino (May 24-31). Two weeks after the festival, the first ever Cat Video Festival Vienna takes place at the Viennese Prater (June 14).