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.

The highest award endowed with 5,000 euros, the Vienna Short Film Award, went to Sebastian Brameshuber for "Of Stains, & Scrap Tires" in the national competition. The captivating documentary tells of three Nigerians and their business with used cars and auto parts. "Brameshuber succeeds in combining socio-cultural elements with the reality of labour to achieve a narration of suspense” said the jury.

In the international competition category "Animation Avantgarde" it is Rainer Kohlberger with “Moon Blink”, also an Austrian production, that wins the ASIFA Austria Award (2,000 euros). The experimental animated film is a game of colors and abstractions, which ensures particularly in the cinema an irritating and challenging perspective. " Moon Blink provides a seamless experience with tight minimalism full of poetry and surprise." said the jury explaining its decision.

The main prize of the jury in the international competition "Fiction & Documentary", endowed with 4,000 euros, was awarded to the Swiss Fabian Kaiser. His film "De Schnuuf" ("The Breath") is a unique and visually stunning portrait of a training exercise of the fire department and impressed the jury by “how a daily training routine, with apparently nothing special to it, becomes a thrilling, almost sci-fi experience ".

The prize for the best Austrian music video was received last night by Stephanie Winter for her video for "Tristes Déserts - A Robots tale" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier & Austrian Apparel.

As Best Female Director, Konstantina Kotzamani was awarded with the Elfi Dassanowsky Price for "Washingtonia" ; the British Peter Millard received a month-long residency at Vienna's Museumsquartier for his animation "Fruit Fruit". The VAM Best Austrian Newcomer went to Jola Wieczorek for "List do Polski". The Audience Awards went on Sunday night to US animation Star Don Hertzfeldt ("World of Tomorrow"), the Dutch Morgan Knibbe ("Shipwreck"), the Austrians Christoph Schwarz & Zeno van Duesenberg ("Beingwhale") and the Japanese Hiro Murai (for the music video for Flying Lotus "Never Catch Me").

Record attendance at VIS 2015
The 12th edition of the VIS festival set a new record with almost 10,000 visitors. The approximately 70 different programmes , with over 300 Austrian and international productions were responsible for full houses at the Gartenbaukino, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, METRO Cinema Culture House and the Austrian Film Museum. "Overall it is very positive," gladly says the artistic director Daniel Ebner and Festival Manager Benjamin Gruber. Both the focus on short film between art and cinema as well as the competitions and special programmes enjoyed great popularity, guest star Don Hertzfeldt conquered the hearts of his fans at the Filmmuseum. "The expectations were more than fulfilled," says Ebner.

The 13th festival edition of VIS Vienna Independent Shorts will be extended in the coming year by one day and will be held from 26 May to 01 June 2016th

All winners in 2015 in detail:
VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2015 – Best Austrian Film „Of Stains, Scrap & Tires“ – Sebastian Brameshuber – awarded from: Verwertungsgesellschaft der Filmschaffenden und dem Österreichischen Filminstitut - € 5.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2015 – Best International Fiction/Documentary Film „De Schnuuf“ – Fabian Kaiser – awarded from: Stadt Wien – € 4.000

ASIFA AUSTRIA AWARD – Animation Avantgarde „Moon Blink“ - Rainer Kohlberger awarded from:  ASIFA Austria - € 2.000

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE STIPEND 2015 – Animation Avantgarde „Fruit Fruit“ - Peter Millard awarded from: MQ/quartier 21 - € 1.050

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2015 – Best Austrian Newcomer „List do Polski“ - Jola Wieczorek awarded from: VAM (Verwertungsgesellschaft für audiovisuelle Medien)  - € 1.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2015 – Youth Jury Prize – Best Austrian Film „Pitter Patter goes my Heart“ - Christoph Rainer awarded from: Synchro Film - € 1.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2015 – Best Female Director „Washingtonia“ - Konstantina Kotzamani awarded from: Elfi Dassanowsky Stiftung - € 1.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2015 – Best Austrian Music Video „Tristes Déserts – A robots tale (August feat. Austrian Apparel)“ - Stephanie Winter awarded from: Fachverband der Film- und Musikindustrie - € 1.000

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2015 – Best Austrian Film „Beingwhale“ - Christoph Schwarz & Zeno van Duesenberg awarded from: ray Filmmagazin - von € 500

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2015 – Best International Fiction/Documentary Film „Shipwreck“ - Morgan Knibbe awarded from: VORmagazin - € 500

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2015 – Animation Avantgarde „World of Tomorrow“ - Don Hertzfeldt awarded from: ray Filmmagazin - € 500

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2015 – Best International Music Video „Never Catch Me – Flying Lotus“ - Hiro Murai awarded from: VORmagazin - € 500

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2015 – Prix Très chic pour le film le plus extraordinaire „Summer in Wien – Ernst Palicek (prod. By 08)“ - Marcello David und Ernst Palicek

NIGHT OF THE LIGHT 2015 – Jury Award - „Mafi Kharaba“ - Nicola von Leffern & Jakob Carl Sauer awarded from: WienEnergie - € 2.000

NIGHT OF THE LIGHT 2015 – Audience Award - „Iguana Imperialista“ - Georg Blume & Anna Hawliczek awarded from: WienEnergie - € 2.000