Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus @ VIS, Jacob Kohl

Vienna Shorts 2019 with 305 films from 55 countries

International Short Film Festival returns to Stadtkino at Künstlerhaus and screens for the first time at Burg Kino – Virtual Reality Check at the MAK museum – Program release on May 15th

In three weeks, on May 28th, the international short film festival VIS Vienna Shorts will start its 16th edition with a total of 305 films from 55 countries. After several years, the festival is looking forward to returning to Stadtkino at Künstlerhaus and to screening at Burg Kino for the first time –  not least with a cooperation on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of "The Third Man". More than two thirds of all films shown will be presented in Austria for the first time.

Of the 305 films in the program, 67 will be screened in the two international competitions Fiction & Documentary and Animation Avantgarde and 23 in the Austrian Competition. These films – including new works by Kevin Jerome Everson (US), Jean-Gabriel Périot (FR), Marta Pajek (PL), Joanna Rytel (SE), Johann Lurf (AT) and Claudia Larcher (AT) – were selected from over 4,000 submissions and have the chance to win prize money of 20,000 euros as well as a qualification for the Oscars® and – for the first time – for the European Film Award.

In addition to the competition programs at Stadtkino, the nominees for the Austrian Music Video Award will be shown in the Burg Kino. 16 MuVis, among others for Kreisky, Leyya, Bilderbuch and Soap&Skin, compete for the award and a qualification for the Austrian Film Prize. Also at Burg Kino, "The Third Man” will be combined with a supporting film on the occasion of the anniversary, and a new partnership with the US platform VIMEO will be celebrated: some famous "Staff Picks" will be commented live by their directors there.

Virtual Reality Check: VR special at MAK museum
During the Vienna Biennale, VIS Vienna Shorts will dedicate an entire day at the MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst to the artistic and economic framework conditions for VR and 360° films. Together with sound:frame and XR Vienna, the Virtual Reality Check will examine the current situation with Austrian and international experts in order to develop a strategy for the emerging (future) market in Austria.

Selected VR works complement two prominent panels – including Vienna's City Councillor for Culture Veronica Kaup-Hasler, MAK Director Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, and Florian Frauscher, Head of the Ministry of Economic Affairs – and show the possibilities of the format. Among the works presented are "Isle of the Dead" (FR) and "Ballavita" (AT), two VR projects that caused a sensation in Venice, "12 seconds of gunfire" by the Washington Post, "'Inside Lieutenant Gustl' – Virtuelle Theatererfahrung in Fertigstellung" by Sebastian Brauneis and "tx-reverse 360°" by Martin Reinhart and Virgil Widrich.

Program preview, accreditations & other highlights
A first program preview for press representatives will take place on Tuesday, May 14th at 4 pm at the Movie Lounge of the Hotel Ruby Marie (1060 Vienna). Information about the festival and drinks will be served on the hotel terrace after the 60-minute film program. Please make a note of this date and, if you are interested, register in advance at presse@viennashorts.com (limited number of seats).

Media representatives also have the option of free accreditation for VIS 2019. If you would like to report on the festival, please contact presse(at)viennashorts.com.

For further press material and information on VIS 2019 highlights, including this year's spotlights and the "Courage!" focus, please see the press section of our website viennashorts.com. Here you will also find press photos and film stills. This year's trailer is available here.