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.
The films compete in five competitions – Fiction & Documentary, Animation Avantgarde, National Competition as well as a music video competition and our fun Très Chic section – for awards worth more than 20,000 euros.
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".
The entire festival program will be revealed on May 6th, 2014.
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.