28.5.–
2.6.2020

Vienna Short Film Awards

The winners of the Vienna Shorts Awards and the Jury Prizes may qualify for the Academy Awards®, the European Film Award and/or the Austrian Film Award.

Vienna Short Film Award

FIDO Fiction & Documentary
International Competition

Prize money

€ 4.000

Sponsored by

Stadt Wien

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Film

Sun Dog

Dorian Jespers

Jury decision

It goes to an experiential film with a unique cinematic language and narrative that takes us on a trip where space, time, and the characters melt together in a strange dream where anything can happen. The Vienna Shorts Award for Best Film goes to the unique and stunning Sun Dog by Dorian Jespers. Congratulations!

Special Mention

FIDO Fiction & Documentary
Internationaler Wettbewerb

Film

3 Logical Exits

Mahdi Fleifel

Jury decision

He keeps looking, he keeps filming, he keeps asking questions. Cinema as politics and as a means of communication inform this director’s filmmaking. It also keeps making us think, discuss and ask questions. The Special Mention goes to 3 Logical Exits by Mahdi Fleifel.

ASIFA Austria Award

AA Animation Avantgarde
International Competition

Prize money

€ 2.000

Sponsored by

ASIFA Austria

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Film

Genius Loci

Adrien Merigeau

Jury decision

This film is outstanding, complex piece of art in all aspects. Inside–outside sceneries melded together by the great soundtrack, beautiful animation, and graphic style demonstrate a percussive (not singular) way of recognition. The ASIFA Austria Award for the Best Animation Avantgarde Film goes to Genius Loci by Adrien Merigeau.

Congratulations!

Special Mention

AA Animation Avantgarde
Internationaler Wettbewerb

Film

Serial Parallels

Max Hattler

Jury decision

This film reflects on urban architecture in a very physical rather than intellectual way. The megacity is experienced as a pulsating apparatus where you can just sense the presence of otherwise invisible humans. It speaks directly to the retina and vestibular system. The Animation Avantgarde Jury gives a Special Mention to Serial Parallels by Max Hattler.

Austrian Short Film Award

ÖW Austrian Competition

Prize money

€ 3.000
+
€ 2.000
postproduction voucher

Sponsored by

VdFS

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viennaFX & Blautöne

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Film

Die beste Stadt ist keine Stadt The best city is no city at all

Christoph Schwarz

Jury decision

A film about a moving 15,000-piece church and a newly built empty city where human beings can only take the form of either ghosts or masses. The singularity and peculiarity of human nature are gone forever in the notes of this building site’s soundtrack. Replacing of school children’s games are empty underground parking lots, “slow traffic” safety zones and reminiscences of holiday places on the Upper Adriatic Sea. This documentary essay poses a reasoned critique of late capitalism, depicting it with the forms of an architectural dystopia on the outskirts of Vienna, where so-called progress cancels out the past and the peculiarity of a place and its former inhabitants without any plausible reason. That said, “only when things have disappeared can they be missed.” The Austrian Short Film Award for the Best Austrian Film goes to The best city is no city at all by Christoph Schwarz.

Special Mention

ÖW Österreich Wettbewerb

Film

How to Disappear

Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf)

Jury decision

The jury wishes to extend a special mention to Total Refusal’s philosophically rich and politically charged How to Disappear. This film provocatively employs the online confines of Battlefield V as both minefield and playground in an unsettling exploration of acts of defiance.

Austrian Music Video Award

MUVI Austrian Music Video Award

Prize money

€ 1.000

Sponsored by

Film

Über Nacht – Oehl

Rupert Höller

Jury decision

The winning video turned out to be a poignant forecast of our everyday lives only one year after its release: a woman in solitude engaging in mundane indoor tasks and activities. What separates her quarantine from ours, though, is the huge stylish house she has all to herself. The elegant and magical deceleration of the whole vision and the desexualized way in which the protagonist is portrayed make it the most outstanding piece in this competition. Congratulations to Rupert Höller and his music video for Über Nacht—Oehl!

Jury Prize

The winners of the Vienna Shorts Awards and the Jury Prizes may qualify for the Academy Awards®, the European Film Award and/or the Austrian Film Award.

Jury Prize – FIDO Fiction & Documentary

FIDO Fiction & Documentary
International Competition

Prize money

€ 1.050
& 1 month in Vienna Artist-in-Residence Stipend

Sponsored by

Q21 – MuseumsQuartier Wien

Website

Film

Apiyemiyekî?

Ana Vaz

Jury decision

Our Jury Prize goes to a film that struck us in its poetic and political strength. By working on language as an object of revelation and a necessary means of communication to keep memory alive, the director guides us through a territory and its colonial history and heritage that resonates with the current situation in Brazil with great urgency. The Jury Prize goes to Apiyemiyekî?, or Why? in English, by Ana Vaz. Thank you very much, Ana, for this beautiful and important film.

Jury Prize – AA Animation Avantgarde

AA Animation Avantgarde
International Competition

Prize money

€ 1.050
& 1 month in Vienna Artist-in-Residence Stipend

Sponsored by

Q21 – MuseumsQuartier Wien

Website

Film

白露 The Six

An Xu, Chen Xi

Jury decision

This film adopts the meditative rhythm of the moon phases, guiding your gaze through time and space in a loop. It looks monotonous but fascinates the viewer by beautifully and sensually evoking various feelings and emotions. The Animation Avantgarde Jury Prize goes to The Six by An Xu and Chen Xi.

Jury Prize – ÖW Österreich Wettbewerb

ÖW Austrian Competition

Prize money

€ 2.000
+
€ 1.000
postproduction voucher

Sponsored by

VAM

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viennFX & Blautöne

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Film

Fische Fish Like Us

Raphaela Schmid

Jury decision

A Chinese restaurant immersed in a colorful palette serves as an intimate stage for the reunion and mourning ritual of two adult siblings trying to find a way to deal with their mother’s death. Embedded in a soundscape of voices and snippets of conversation from adjacent tables, the cast’s strong performance and a precise, detailed visual language create an intense cinematic atmosphere. The young director’s script carefully balances a humorous tone with an emotional density of intimate gestures and subtle dialog. With formal consistency, the farewell ritual is shot on analog film and framed by color schemes, editing, and aesthetics reminiscent of ’90s cinema as the main characters struggle with the present loss of a family member and try to find a future home for their mother's goldfish. The Jury Award for Best Newcomer in the Austrian Competition goes to Raphaela Schmid for Fish Like Us.

Congratulations!

Special Awards

Elfi Dass­anow­sky Award

BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR

Prize money

€ 1.000

Sponsored by

The Elfi Von Dassanowsky Foundation

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Film

Marée Tide

Manon Coubia

Jury decision

Monstrous snow plows at a ski resort. The casual killing of a deer. A mountain blizzard glows in the strange blue of the night. A young worker's plow stalls but someone waits for him in the wreckage of the night. Manon Coubia's film Tide is an allegory on human relationship with nature. The film's visual beauty and haunting narrative recall the Bergfilm of the 1920s, Kubrick's 2001 and The Shining, Marlen Haushofer's The Wall, even the nature sagas of pagan Europe. Is it sacrifice that brings on the cyclical geening of spring? Is it an eternal female spirit that knows its price? Coubia's visionary film is a timely meditation on a sentient earth that insists on rebirth regardless of our technology and human cost.

Youth Jury Award

BEST AUSTRIAN EXPERIMENTAL SHORT

Prize money

€ 1.000 postproduction voucher

Sponsored by

ViennaFX & Blautöne

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Film

THORAX

Siegfried A. Fruhauf

Jury decision

The award for best experimental film goes to THORAX. This abstract film tells a story. On the one hand, a story about a beating heart. On the other hand, it lets the viewers freely interpret the plot lines and the form. It inspires and fascinates us. THORAX reminds us of infinitude and has a hypnotic effect. We also want to make special mention of the experimental films The City Bridges Open Again and 200118_T3; the former because of its extraordinarily magical impact and technique, and the latter because of its powerful visual effects.

Audience Awards

Vienna Shorts Audience Award

MOST POPULAR FILM OF THE FESTIVAL

Prize money

trophy

Film

Fische Fish Like Us

Raphaela Schmid

Prix Très chic

POUR LE FILM LE PLUS EXTRAORDINAIRE

Prize money

trophy

Film

Mega Sexy Robot Dinosaur

Paul Allen

ORF.AT Audience Award

MOST POPULAR AUSTRIAN FILM (up to 10 min)

Prize money

€ 500

Sponsored by

orf.at

Website

Film

Contouring

Veronika Schubert