APRIL 19, 2017

New venues, shorter duration, and a record number of entries - Spotlights include Canadian "Cinema of Attractions" by Alexandre Larose, Greek Shooting-Star Jacqueline Lentzou, and Japanese filmmaker Makino Takashi

In less than six weeks, Vienna's international Festival for Short film, Animation, and Music Videos will take place for the 14th time - and for the first time under its new abbreviated name, VIENNA SHORTS - once again celebrating artistic brevity, narrative conciseness, and a focus on the essentials. Out of a record 4,000 submissions, 101 films from 33 different countries were selected for the four competition categories and will vie for more than 20,000 euros in prize money, and three places on the Oscar® long-list.

From June 1st through June 6th - over the three-day Pentecost weekend - VIS invites you to enjoy a "wild mixture of cinematic art and ecstatic party" (profil) at the Gartenbaukino, the METRO Kinokulturhaus, the Austrian Filmmuseum and, for the first time, the Filmcasino. Despite Independent being dropped from its name, this year's festival highlights its "good understanding for the great independents" (taz) with spotlights on Alexandre Larose (Canada), Jacqueline Lentzou (Greece) and Makino Takashi (Japan).

VIS 17 once again screens more than 300 Austrian and international films of up to 30 minutes in length in an array of competitions, spotlights, live performances, and curated programs. The films are brought into cinematic dialogue, being arranged into 60- to 90-minute programs.

- Free accreditation for media representatives is possible for VIS 2017. If you would like to report on the festival, please fill out the accreditation form on our website by May 8th.


Only a fraction of the almost 4,000 films submitted for VIS' 4 competition categories made it into this year's final selection. These include internationally-acclaimed films (such as Japanese Sundance winner, "And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool") as well as top-class new discoveries. In the international competition for short and documentary films, Fiction & Documentary, 26 films from 26 countries square off. Films from Sri Lanka, Morocco and Mozambique will participate alongside five films with French, and four films with Portuguese participation, including this year's Berlinale winner, "Small Town" by Diogo Costa Amarante.

In the international competition Animation Avantgarde for animated, experimental, and hybrid works, organized together with ASIFA Austria, 31 films from 23 countries will be shown this year. In addition to the latest works by international stars such as David OReilly, Steven Woloshen, Faiyaz Jafri, Nicolas Provost, Marta Pajek, and Špela Cadež, five Austrian filmmakers - Björn Kämmerer, Anna Vasof, Rainer Kohlberger, Peter Kutin / Florian Kindlinger - also feature in the prominent line-up. In the Austrian Competition, film makers from different genres face-off in four programs: among the 20 selected works (9 directed by women, 9 directed by men, and 2 films with mixed teams) is an inspiring second film by Anna Vasof, "LDAE" by festival regular, Christoph Schwarz, as well as the most recent films by Siegfried Fruhauf, Jannis Lenz, and Veronika Schubert. Also for the first time, the two co-productions, "Good Luck, Orlo" and "Kai" will participate.

Finally, at this year's Screensessions, a combination of music-video competitions and subsequent live-acts, 25 audiovisual shorts will be celebrated in the film-theatre. Among others, nominees for the Austrian Music Video Prize include works by Florian Senekowitsch for Voodoo Jürgens, Martina Trepczyk for Leyya, Stefanie Sargnagel and Beniamin Urbanek for Worried Man & Worried Boy, and Bernhard Kaufmann for Granada. International highlights include Bill Morrison's collaboration with Lambchop, as well as videos for Massive Attack, Mr. Oizo and Arca.

- All selected films can be found here


This year, we are pleased to present three special Spotlight guests who will not only present us their films, but also teach a master class, and give a live performance: Film visionary Alexandre Larose (Canada), avant-garde artist Makino Takashi (Japan) and Shooting-Star Jacqueline Lentzou (Greece).

Through his mixture of technical and intuition, and his cinematographic research trips in search of time-based experiences, Alexandre Larose, a former mechanic and film maker, has made a name for himself internationally over the past years. At VIS 2017, the film visionary from Quebec will both guest-teach a program and masterclass at the Austrian Film Museum, and grace this year's poster with a still from "Le Corps Humain".

Film Museum collaborates with VIS for a second Spotlight for Japanese avant-garde artist Makino Takashi, who - together with sixpackfilm - shares his uninhibited processes with audiences in Vienna in the form of a film program and a live performance.

Last but not least, we are pleased to present shooting-star Jacqueline Lentzou whose most recent works, "Fox" and "Hiwa", were represented within months of eachother at the Locarno and Berlin competitions. The young Greek film-maker will personally present her previous works in the METRO Kinokulturhaus and give insight into her current work process.

- The Alexandre Larose program is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Film Museum. The Makino Takashi spotlight is presented in cooperation with the Film Museum and sixpackfilm. The works of Jacqueline Lentzou will be presented in collaboration with the Austrian Film Archive.

SAVE THE DATE: The official press conference for VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2017, including the full program presentation, will be held on May 23, 2017. A separate invitation will be forthcoming.

For more press materials please visit the press section of our website. For inquiries and interview requests please contact the press office.

VIS Vienna Shorts
14th Festival for Short Film, Animation and Music Video

Lisa Kriechhammer & Laura Hörzelberger