Festival 2016

114 Films from 31 Countries at VIS 2016

New York Rapper Zebra Katz Live with Florian Pochlatko – Homage to the 70s from/with American animation-star Bill Plympton

Now that we're six weeks away from the opening of Austria's largest festival for short films, animation, and music videos, VIS Vienna Independent Shorts would like to give some insight into this year's program: 114 films from 31 different countries were selected out of 3,500 submissions and will compete in four different categories. The winning films at this year's festival will, for the first time, have the opportunity to go on the Oscars® long-list. 

In addition to the competing films, the 13th edition of the festival will also feature some high-profile international guests. On May 28th, at the METRO Theater, New York rap-icon Zebra Katz teams up with British DJ legend Leila and the Austrian filmmaker Florian Pochlatko to celebrate a new music video. And, in a special Spotlight Feature, the US animation-star Bill Plympton, who celebrates his 70th birthday this month, will be recognized for his work at the Austrian Film Museum.

From the 25th through 31st of May, VIS presents more than 300 Austrian and International short film highlights. Free accreditation for media representatives is possible for the 2016 festival. If you wish to report on VIS, you can find the appropriate accreditation form on our website starting May 5th.


VIS turns into a fear-free zone at the end of May

Spotlight on Anouk de Clerq in collaboration with sixpackfilm - “Early Bird” passes after Easter
Reporters and journalists are invited to apply for free accreditation from now on:

In about two months the city of Vienna will be much influenced by international films with a length of no more than 30 minutes. More than 300 short films, animations and music videos are going to be screened at Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus,  METRO Kinokulturhaus,the Austrian Film Museum and at Gartenbaukino, when VIS Vienna Independent Shorts declares the festival a fear-free zone. 

“Fear is not an Option” is the 13th edition’s focus, that couldn’t be more relevant considering the latest attacks in Brussels. VIS 2016 takes the current social and political conditions as its starting point and discusses systemic crises, man-made catastrophies, the pursuit of freedom and hope for a better life in seven curated programmes. 


VIS winners 2015 - main prizes go to Austria and Switzerland

Awards for Sebastian Brameshuber, Rainer Kohlberger and Fabian Kaiser - public honors guest star Don Hertzfeldt - record with nearly 10,000 visitors

VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 12th edition comes to end today with main prizes for the Austrians Sebastian Brameshuber and Rainer Kohlberger and the Swiss Fabian Kaiser. The award for best director went to the Greek Konstantina Kotzamani. The audience paid tribute to guest star Don Hertzfeldt with the audience awards of Austria's largest festival for short film, animation and music video. VIS 2015 ended on Sunday evening with a gala event at Vienna's Metro Kino Culture House and almost 10,000 visitors.


VIS brings Don Hertzfeldt to Vienna

Only another three months to go: The 12th edition of the International Short Film Festival VIS Vienna Independent Shorts starts on May 26, 2015 at the Gartenbaukino in Vienna. But it is today that we can release some highlights of this years’ programme and bring your attention to our triangle-programme, which will be presented in Finland next week.


Press information: VIS 2014

VIS Vienna Independent Shorts is celebrating its 11th festival edition in 2014, showing short films from around the world at the Gartenbaukino, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, Schikaneder and the Austrian film museum from May 23rd to 29th, 2014.

This year, we're looking for the "radical": Teaming up with partner festivals Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (Bristol, UK) and the Riga International Short Film Festival, we dedicate special programmes to the daring, polarizing and political cinema of outsiders - even though some might say we're in the "least radical era of cinema", with even non-mainstream-cinema being somewhat streamlined.

In addition, we're delighted to present not one, but two spotlights with the Austrian filmmuseum in its 50th year of existence. First, VIS takes the opportunity to honor Peter Konlechner, co-founder of Austria's cinematheque and initiator of the first ever "International short film week" in Vienna in 1962. The curated programs by Austrian film journalist Christoph Huber aim to show the richness and extraordinary quality of 1962's short film week - from avantgarde to animation, from wisdom to anarchy.

The second spotlight isn't dedicated to a person, but to the potential of the digital video art: Artist Robert Seidel (VIS Artist in Residence 2012) brings together international video and media artists working with digital work tools in an aesthetic and conceptional way in two programmes called "Penetrating Surfaces".

Competitions and specials

100 films are competing for awards worth more than 20,000 euros, whereas around 200 more films are featured in special programs, ranging from a focus on European cinema to the films of the late Beastie Boys frontman Adam Yauch. A newly designed Industry Day evolves around European co-productions, inviting experts to discuss best case scenarios and international developments.

The big festival opening at Gartenbaukino on May 23rd leads the way, showing the disturbing Snowballs by Harmony Korine, a world premiere of digital duo Zeitguised and a live scoring by Richard Eigner among many. Throughout the festival, we're happy to welcome filmmakers and artists from the likes of Matt Porterfield, Momoko Seto, Jennifer Reeder or Mariola Brillowska. French multimedia duo Thibault Gleize and Mihai Grecu are this year's artists in residence, working on a new video and presenting the festival's three trailers!

Music videos and long nights

Another day to look forward to is the one dedicated to music videos: Along with showing international highlights and awarding the second Österreichischer Musikvideopreis, we bring you indie bands Velojet (Austria) and BRNS (Belgium) open air live on stage at HEUER am Karlsplatz.

While the films might be short, the nights sure are long: Our Midnight Movies once again present you poppy porn and trashy Chic, while our VIS nights range from a huge Fête brut with Wiener Festwochen to a film quiz at Transporter bar.

Looking back: 10 years VIS in 2013

In 2013, VIS celebrated its 10 years anniversary, receiving a record number of 2,700 film submissions and showing more than 260 films from around 40 countries at the Gartenbaukino, Künstlerhaus Kino and the Austrian film museum from May 28th to June 2nd, 2013. For the first time, a whole day was decidated to music videos, including screenings as an „expanded cinema“ experience as well as a live concert.

The festival motto Strange Days was inspired by Kathryn Bigelow’s science fiction film and featured 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.

Irish animation artist David OReilly was honored with a tribute and presented his independent films, gave a masterclass and showed „found animation“ as a carte blanche at the film museum.

Other guests included Momoko Seto and Alexei Dmitriev as artists in residence, while special programs ranged from Midnight Movies to a 10 years highlight program, lectures and a program on political filmmaking. As festival previews, VIS paid tribute to Austrian avantgarde artists Michaela Grill and Billy Roisz and released a strawberry double feature at Votivkino. Two weeks after the festival, the first ever Cat Video Festival Vienna took place at the Viennese Prater.

Please understand that further press releases are only available in German. For press inquiries, feel free to contact Simon Weyer via presse(at)viennashorts.com at any time.