VIS Vienna Independent Shorts awards films in five competitive categories: Fiction & Documentary contains a selection of international narrative and documentary shorts, Animation Avantgarde features international innovative short animation films whereas the National Competition is conceived as a showcase of current Austrian short film-making, no matter if fiction, animation or documentary. 2013 also brought the creation of a new competition, debuting the Austrian music video award.
To spice things up, Très Chic features national and international films with absurd and peculiar humour. The best film is awarded by the audience.
Each year, one topic is ever present in the festival's program. Curated programs allow a deeper insight and new perspectives, as well as encouraging discussions on specific content and films.
Joint program: Starting with Strange Days in 2013, the focus program will continuously be put together with two partner festivals and shown at each venue.
A unique approach, a conspicuous will for composition, historic achievements or simply a host of impressive films: VIS has paid tribute to those great exponents of the short film form, who left their mark on the international festival scene with their exceptional works, either recently or over many years. Since the festival's beginnings, the works of international artist such as David OReilly (IRL), Miranda July (USA), Jerzy Kucia (Poland), Chantal Akerman (Belgium), as well as Miranda Pennell, Paul Bush, Ben Rivers and Semiconductor (all from the UK) were presented in retrospectives. Austrian short film makers presented in this context are Virgil Widrich, Mara Mattuschka, Hubert Sielecki, Lotte Schreiber/Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Thomas Draschan and Nicolas Mahler.
Artists in Residence: Collaborating with quartier 21 (MuseumsQuartier), we invite one to two artists each year to exhibit and work in Vienna for a couple of months.
Besides the thematic focus, special programs are dedicated to specific contents in a certain form (such as lectures, film programs and discussions) or invite you to push the boundaries with our new fixture Midnight Movies:The flashy, saucy program PopPorn suggests that porn is not always the just porn, while Très chic celebrates recent absurdities from the short film scene.
Expanded Cinema, cinema that goes beyond the confines of the cinema building. Unconventional projection spaces make audiovisual works tangible and sharpen one's view by breaking through the usual context, thus enabling a new approach. When presenting the current national and international works in our Music Video Competition, the audience goes into a horizontal position and the screens hang from the ceiling.
A festival doesn't just live off its films, but feeds even more on the discussion about them. With support from the Vienna Film Commission, VIS is putting on a series of lectures, workshops, film education programmes and networking events each year. Furthermore, the ocation tour is another highlight for our guests: It presents the film city Vienna and in the best case should spark an interest for return visits to the city as a filming location.