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25.5.–
30.5.2022

VIENNA SHORTS AWARDS

Vienna Short Film Award

FIDO Fiction & Documentary
International Competition

Prize money

€ 4,000

Qualifies for the Academy Awards® – Live Action Short Film

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Stadt Wien

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Film

Armadila

Gorana Jovanović

Jury decision

The Vienna Short Film Award goes to a rare stroke of luck. With all the courage in the world, this film talks about feelings that have yearned for expression since humans have started telling stories. Almost without landscapes, without architecture or status, two people meet and have feelings for each other, for the world, and for a dog. The story is funny and tragic, and always serious. While we teeter on the edge between childhood and adulthood, our gaze never slips into the realm of pedagogy, cynicism, or voyeurism. In focused images and precise dialogs—conveyed by brilliant acting—the situation condenses into a quintessential story of growing up. All this in a short film about adolescent emotions can go horribly wrong. But sometimes, you just get lucky. Thank you, Gorana Jovanović, for ARMADILA.

ASIFA Austria Award

AA Animation Avantgarde
International Competition

Prize money

€ 2,000

Qualifies for the Academy Awards® – Animated Short Film

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ASIFA Austria

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Film

Der Natürliche Tod der Maus The Natural Death of a Mouse

Katharina Huber

Jury decision

The award for the best animated avantgarde film goes to a film that has impressed the jury unanimously for its surreal, politically engaged and engaging material, its surprising and innovative storytelling, and its original, multi-layered artistic design. The film takes us on a journey with a female protagonist who experiences the here and now in an unpretentious and sensitive way and thus allows us to connect with her completely. The award goes to THE NATURAL DEATH OF A MOUSE by Katharina Huber.

Austrian Short Film Award

ÖW Austrian Competition

Prize money

€ 3,000
+
€ 2,000postproduction voucher

Qualifies for the Austrian Film Award

Qualifies for the Academy Awards® – Documentary Short Subject

Sponsored by

VdFS Verwertungsgesellschaft der Filmschaffenden

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viennaFX

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& Blautöne

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Film

Cause of Death

Jyoti Mistry

Jury decision

A brave essay film composed of collages and historical vignettes; an angry poem woven into harrowing images that call for justice; a depiction of bodies that are edited and cut between the frames to point at the structural violence that is subjected to them; a work that uncompromisingly sings for life. The Austrian Short Film Award goes to Jyoti Mistry’s CAUSE OF DEATH.

Austrian Music Video Award

MUVI Austrian Music Video Award

Prize money

€ 500
+
€ 1,000
voucher

Qualifies for the Austrian Film Award

Sponsored by

filmzeug – FIlmgeräteverleih Wien (voucher)

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Film

BRUMM BRUMM – YUKNO × Oehl feat. Autodrom

Lorenz Uhl

Jury decision

The three of us instantly loved the basically simple idea of this video and how it preserves a little bit of mystery throughout. It is effective, memorable, and hypnotizing; it has beautiful lightening and manages to create an image and a story the likes of which we have not seen before. It also features a character with an eye-patch, which is always a good thing to have. The Austrian Music Video Award goes to Lorenz Uhl for BRUMM BRUMM by Yukno.

Jury Prize

Jury Prize – FIDO

FIDO Fiction & Documentary
International Competition

Prize money

1 month in Vienna and € 1,050
Artist-in-Residence Stipend

Qualifies for the European Film Awards

Sponsored by

Q21 – MuseumsQuartier Wien

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Film

BELLA

Thelyia Petraki

Jury decision

Creating a versed and candid period film with a remarkable protagonist, this work is an account of idealism and passion, in both private and public life, with great fragility but also with immense power. With decades behind us that have been empowering individualism and provoking different kinds of alienation, this film could serve as a reminder that in times of crisis, all people long for is care, support, companionship, and a strong sense of hope. The Jury Prize of Vienna Shorts goes to BELLA by Thelyia Petraki.

Jury Prize – AA

AA Animation Avantgarde
International Competition

Prize money

1 month in Vienna and € 1,050
Artist-in-Residence Stipend

Sponsored by

Q21 – MuseumsQuartier Wien

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Film

Inside

Yann Chapotel

Jury decision

The Jury Prize of the Animation Avantgarde Programs goes to a film that is simple and very effective, playful yet formal, humorous in a clever way. We were impressed by the creative process that yielded these compositional images and mise-en-scène, where a series of seemingly random occurrences come together in a choreography of moments. The film reflects the global experience of the last year with great empathy, and without getting sentimental. The award goes to INSIDEby Yann Chapotel.

Jury Prize – ÖW

ÖW Austrian Competition

Prize money

€ 2,000
+
€ 1,000postproduction voucher

Sponsored by

VAM Verwertungsgesellschaft für audiovisuelle Medien

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viennaFX

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& Blautöne

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Film

Spring Will Not Be Televised

Michael Heindl

Jury decision

A deceptively simple study of how we perceive our world through mediated images, this film shows us a series of boxes within boxes as seen through the eyes of a Peeping Tom. The stories on the TV screens filmed through the windows of Viennese apartment buildings revolve around their own alleged truths, while a larger reality persists somewhere out of view. To quote from Gil Scott-Heron’s galvanizing funk anthem The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: “You will not be able to stay home, brother. You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.” The Jury Prize goes to Michael Heindl’s SPRING WILL NOT BE TELEVISED.

Special Mentions

FIDO Fiction & Documentary
International Competition

Film

NAYA – Der Wald hat Tausend Augen NAYA

Sebastian Mulder

Jury decision

In a sophisticated collage of found footage from surveillance cameras, we follow a wild animal on its forays into civilization. The journey oscillates human curiosity and scientific inquisitiveness with unabashed voyeurism, romanticization, and hostility. With a keen eye and a dash of humor, the film reflects our ambivalent relationship with wilderness as the “Other.” The jury’s special mention goes to NAYA – DER WALD HAT TAUSEND AUGEN by Sebastian Mulder.

AA Animation Avantgarde
International Competition

Film

Frozen Jumper

Tina Frank

Jury decision

A special mention of the Animation Avantgarde Jury goes to FROZEN JUMPER by Tina Frank for its suggestive energy that reminds us in its abstraction of the techno clubs we miss so dearly.

ÖW Austrian Competition

Film

m h y t n i x

Karin Ferrari

Jury decision

A film that stood out for its visual inventiveness, punk spirit and ambition. Its satirical narrative encompasses Silicon Valley tech start-up culture, 60s' New Communalist roots, references to the early internet days as well as contemporary online culture, all the while crossing genres lines. We admired this film for its confidence, fun aesthetic, and absurdist critique of digital consumerism. The Special Mention goes to M H Y T N I X by Karin Ferrari in collaboration with Bernhard Garnicnig and Peter Moosgaard.

MUVI Austrian Music Video Award

Film

Lost Islands – Tony Renaissance

Lena Kuzmich

Jury decision

For its playful experimental approach and layered usage of different techniques with which the music video achieves an astonishing dreamlike imagery. For how digital and analog interweave and express both the rational and the surreal, the retro-nostalgic and the contemporary. For its delicate balance between music and moving images—the special mention of the MuVi jury goes to Lena Kuzmich for LOST ISLANDS by Tony Renaissance.

Special Awards

Elfi Dassanowsky Award

BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR

Prize money

€ 1,000

Sponsored by

der Elfi Dassanowsky Stiftung

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Film

Der Natürliche Tod der Maus The Natural Death of a Mouse

Katharina Huber

Jury decision

Katharina Huber’s stunning short film THE NATURAL DEATH OF A MOUSE could well be a Hieronymus Bosch tapestry for the new epoch. It encourages a visceral reaction that suggests Sartre’s La Nausée in its queasily unsettling life of an everywoman attempting to find respite from shards of media and philosophy regarding poisoned bananas, pesticides, alienation, civil unrest, and war. Her cat’s attempt to catch and eat a mouse is an abomination bound for social network video, while human figures self-decapitate out of ignorance or some unknown pandemic in what was a dream of paradise. Can our protagonist accept her new normal as easily as she accepts her imaginary daughter? Huber’s work is a brilliant pastiche of unique animation style, found footage, live action, and period religious artwork, which serves to reminds us how quickly we tend to tolerate growing elements of dystopia.

Youth Jury Award

BEST FICTIONAL ÖW FILM

Prize money

€ 1,000 postproduction voucher
+
€ 500 voucher for film equipment rentals

Sponsored by

ViennaFX

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Blautöne

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& filmzeug – Filmgeräteverleih Wien

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Film

Life on the Horn

Mo Harawe

Jury decision

Our Youth Jury Award goes to Mo Harawe for LIFE ON THE HORN. The film tells a tragic life story, and does so with great seriousness. The reason for this may be the black-and-white images and the minimal, sparing dialog. To us, the film does not seem empty and slow at all, because the emotions make it very dense and make us forget that it is told without color. We were able to relate to the backstory, because we also have a story of flight in our biographies. We chose this film, because the living reality of its protagonists is a reality for many people in many countries around the world, and because the film impressed us in the way it makes this kind of life accessible to the audience.

Youth Jury Special Mention

Film

Civilization

Christoph Schwarz

Jury decision

CIVILIZATION von Christoph Schwarz ist unser zweiter Favorit, weil wir dank diesem Film auf lustige Weise an das übernatürliche Verlangen nach dauerhafter Ablenkung durch Computerspielen im letzten Jahr während der Coronazeit erinnert wurden.

Audience Awards

Audience Award

MOST POPULAR FILM OF THE FESTIVAL

Prize money

trophy

Film

Empty Places

Geoffroy de Crécy

Prix Très chic

POUR LE FILM LE PLUS EXTRAORDINAIRE

Prize money

trophy

Film

Fruit

Ivan Li

ORF.AT Audience Award

MOST POPULAR ÖW FILM (up to 10 min)

Prize money

€ 500

Sponsored by

ORF Online

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Film

Letters from a Window

Nigel Gavus, İlkin Beste Çırak