making Vienna's short film festival shorter

OCTOBER 10, 2016

Shorter name, clearer structure, and renewed management at the Vienna Shorts - Managing director Gruber: "VIS is more than independent"

Vienna's international festival for short film, animation, and music videos has put its structure on a new footing and in the spirit of these changes has also shortened its name: Instead of VIS Vienna Independent Shorts, the festival (like the agency that emerged from it a year ago) will operate under the shorter name Vienna Shorts. Many people have already worked with the shorter form, for example on the website, says managing director Benjamin Gruber, who saw the long name as a restriction: "VIS is more than independent."

According to Gruber, the festival is more internationally oriented, focuses on the innovative forms of the cinema, moves in an interdisciplinary framework and is characterized organizationally by its idealism. The abbreviation 'VIS' will remain intact and with it the possible space offered by the festival every year for audiovisual forms at the end of May/beginning of June. The 14th edition of VIS Vienna Shorts will take place from May 31st through June 6th. Submissions are possible as of today, Tuesday, for the four competition categories.

Renewed Commitment, Active Agency, & a Trip to Vienna

Gruber and Daniel Ebner, artistic director since 2010, have been confirmed by the newly appointed, and in the future, independent supervisory board for another year as the lead duo for the Oscar® Qualifying Festival. In the summer of 2017, a comprehensive evaluation of the medium- and long-term prospects of the festival will be carried out. "Whether or not there are prospects will not least depend on developments and evolution of this year," says Ebner. "Although we are very glad about the newly implemented funding models at the city and the federal level, the lack of funding for the festival could have severe consequences for many other festivals."

The Vienna Shorts Agency - under the direction of Julia Fabrick and now Marija Milovanovic - has also developed excellently over the first two years. The agency has made a name for itself with events like the Cat Video Festival Vienna, educational programs for children and young people, and short film productions for Viennese institutions by young Austrian film makers. "In addition to the realization of cultural projects, we also want to forge new paths in the creative industry with the agency," the managing directors said. Recent projects include, among others: two films on waste separation and up-cycling under the direction of Stephanie Winter and Eyup Kus for the MA48 government branch, and for the Vienna Tourist Board three films were realized about the "Rhythm of Vienna". The works of Franziska Pflaum, Wolfgang Matzl and Paul Wenninger / Susan Young can be watched and evaluated at - where there is also the possibility of winning a trip to Vienna!

Carla Maria Losch
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