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We didn't expect it anymore, but now it's confirmed: The 18th edition of VIENNA SHORTS will take place as a hybrid event. A large part of the program will be available exclusively online from May 27. However, 20 film programs will also be shown on the big screen at several venues in Vienna.

The official opening of the festival will take place as an open air event in cooperation with VOLXkino. The international competitions Fiction & Documentary and Animation Avantgarde as well as the Austrian competition will be shown in their entirety at Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus. Two exceptional Austrian filmmakers will be honored at the Film Museum. And the Austrian Music Video Award will be celebrated with a screening and live concert by the band EsRAP at Porgy & Bess.

All these programs will also be made available online (with half an hour delay) on the festival's own film portal⁠—the 90 films in the competition and the opening will also be subtitled in German for the first time. This way, the festival guarantees not only expanded accessibility to the program, but also an inclusive approach to the comprehensibility of the films presented. The full festival program will be released on May 18.

Regarding the safe implementation of analog festival events, we work closely with our partners of the respective festival venues as well as the festivals Diagonale and Crossing Europe. All screenings will take place within the legally prescribed framework. Detailed Covid-19 security measures will be announced here and continuously updated.

News 10.5.2021