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 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.
The festival will be influenced by a motto to be announced in the spring of 2014, featuring a number of special programs and a joint film programme with two further international short film festivals. In addition, artists in residence will be invited to stay and work in Vienna for two months and a tribute program honors an outstanding filmmaker, as it has in the past with the likes of Miranda July, Ben Rivers, Virgil Wildrich or David OReilly.
Film submissions for VIS 2014 are accepted from November 23th, 2013 to January 5th, 2014. Accreditations will be possible from March, the full programme will be announced at the beginning of May.
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.