VIS WINNERS 2016 - POLITIC AND POETIC FILMS AWARDED

 

Main prizes go to Danish-Palestinian refugee documentary, Austrian mystery-film, and experimental French animation from Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Oscar® qualification for intimate political drama and animated documentary - Overall a hugely successful festival.

The 13th edition of VIS Vienna Independent Shorts came to its conclusion Tuesday night, with prizes awarded to both political and poetic films. The Austrian Competition, with prize money totaling €5,000, was awarded to Vienna-based Argentine director Maria Luz Olivares Capelle for the mystery short film "Forest of Echoes". In international competitions, the Danish-Palestinian refugee documentary, "A Man Returned" by Mahdi Fleifel (€ 4,000) and the lyrical-experimental work, "Vintage Print" by Austrian artist Siegfried A. Fruhauf (€ 2,000) prevailed.

The Grand Jury prize, which qualifies it's winners for the Academy Awards®, went to the intimate political drama "Ennemis intérieurs" ("Enemies Within") from Sélim Azzazi (France) and the poetic animated documentary "Quiet Zone" by Canadian directors Karl Lemieux and David Bryant. The audience award went to the French animation "Le repas dominical" (Sunday Lunch) by Céline Devaux, who was also honored by the jury with a month-long residency at Vienna's MuseumsQuartier (Q21). The best director award went to Alex Gerbaulet (Germany) for his essayistic documentary "LAYER", while Peter Kutin and Florian Kindlinger (Austria) were presented with the Newcomer award for their film, "Desert Bloom". The Youth Jury also honored the animated film "Uncanny Valley" by Paul Wenninger.

The hosts and festival organizers were on-hand and in high spirits for the award ceremony in Vienna's Metro Theater. Guest artists Bill Plympton (together with the Film Museum) and Anouk De Clercq (together with sixpackfilm) enjoyed great popularity at the 2016 festival while film-concerts with Zebra Katz and A Thousand Fuegos at the METRO theater (in cooperation with the Austrian Film Archive), as well as the traditional Midnight Movies, were all a part of this year's highlights.

The festival's political focus and motto "Fear Is Not an Option" received broad attention, and the almost 150 international guests and 450 accredited festival-goers enjoyed films in the Stadtkino, Künstlerhaus, and the energetic atmosphere of the festival center. Overall, this year's festival recorded around 10,000 visitors. "We are overjoyed at how the festival went, and are pleased with all of the appreciation and encouragement we experienced this year," said the festival's directors Daniel Ebner and Benjamin Gruber.

VIS Vienna Independent Shorts will take place again next year between May 24th and May 30th, 2017.

The Winners in the Eyes of the Jury

"Forest of Echoes", Luz Maria Olivares Capelle's diploma film (under the supervision of Michael Haneke at the Vienna Film Academy), also received the prize for best short film at this year's Diagonale. In the Austria Competition at VIS, the film inspired the prominent jury, which included critic Andrey Arnold, programmer Dan Karo (CA), and Kirsten Ruber (NL). "The film, which oscillates between the boundaries of the light-hearted and the strange and uncanny, surprised us again and again and kept us on the edge of our seats" read their statement.

The experimental film "Vintage Print" by Siegfried A. Fruhauf won the ASIFA Austria Award for best Animation and Experimental film. After Rainer Kohlberger's success last year, an Austrian artist was honored once again by the international jury in the "Animation Avantgarde" Competition. '"Vintage Print'" is an expressive journey through moving images full of surprises," explained the jury comprised of prestigious Belgian animation artist Anouk De Clercq, editor Cecilia Traslaviña (CO), and Dietmar Schwärzler (AT).

In the International Competition "Fiction & Documentary", the Danish-Palestinian film "A Man Returned" by Mahdi Fleifel received the € 4.000 first-place prize. The unflinching documentary, which among other honors this year, won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, tells the story of a young Palestinian refugee and his continuing - and often failing - search for a better life. The highly-relevant political refugee film fit well with this year's festival theme "Fear Is Not an Option". "With surprising insight into unseen worlds, this film delivers an authentic portrait of a man trapped in a personal conflict," said the international jury made up of Sundance senior programmer Mike Plante (US), art-historian Claudia Slanar (AT), and the critic Christopher Goodwin (UK).

The Grand Jury Prize (which, for the first time, includes qualification for the Academy Awards) for the festival's best fictional short film went to French director Sélim Azzazi and the film "Ennemis interieurs" ("Enemies Within"). In the deep political drama, a harmless interview for French citizenship for a man with Algerian roots turns into a grueling emotional gauntlet. The entirety of European hysteria and paranoia, triggered by attacks and terrorism, is squeezed into the walls of an administrative interview room. "Played and staged beautifully, 'Enemies Within' shows that a film does not need to be complex to be impressive and deeply moving," said the jury.

The Grand Jury Prize for best animated film, and also subsequent qualification for the Oscars®, was given by VIS to the Canadian directing duo Karl Lemieux and David Bryant for their film "Quiet Zone". In the impressive work, everyday electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones or wireless internet is artistically made visible through distorted images. The jury found that, "Quiet Zone" is "a balanced film which combines experimental animation and storytelling in an extraordinary way".

The award for the best Austrian Music Video was given to Florian Pochlatko for his work "God of Ghosts / Nu Renegade" with the American Rap-Icon Zebra Katz and the British DJ, Leila. The prize for the best International Music Video went to the Japanese artists TAKOM, Daito Manabe and MIKIKO for their video "Cold Stares" with music by Nosaj Thing feat. Chance The Rapper, and The O'My's.

All Prizes at a Glance

FICTION & DOCUMENTARY

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best International Fiction & Documentary Film "A Man Returned" (DK/GB/NL) from Mahdi Fleifel awarded by the City of Vienna, worth € 4.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best Female Director "Schicht" (D) from Alex Gerbaulet awarded by Elfi Dassanowsky Foundation, worth € 1.000

ANIMATION AVANTGARDE

ASIFA AUSTRIA AWARD - Animation Avantgarde "Vintage Print" (AT) from Siegfried A. Fruhauf awarded by ASIFA Austria, worth € 2.000

ARTIST­-IN­-RESIDENCE STIPEND 2016 - Animation Avantgarde "Le repas dominical" (Sunday Lunch) (FR) - Céline Devaux awarded by MQ/Q21 for € 1.050 & a one-month residency in Vienna

AUSTRIA COMPETITION

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best Austrian Film "Forest of Echoes" (AT) from Maria Luz Olivares Capelle awarded by the VDF and the Austrian Film Institute, worth € 5,000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best Newcomer "Desert Bloom" (AT) by Peter Kutin und Florian Kindlinger awarded by ZAP Audiovisuelle Postproduktion GmbH, worth € 1.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Youth Jury Prize - Best Austrian Film "Uncanny Valley" (FR/AT) from Paul Wenninger awarded by LISTO, worth € 1.000 in post-production assistance.

SCREENSESSIONS / MUSIC VIDEOS

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Austria Music Video Award "God of Ghosts/ Nu Renegade - Zebra Katz x Leila" (AT) from Florian Pochlatko awarded by Fachverband der Film- und Musikindustrie worth € 1.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best International Music Video "Cold Stares" Nosaj Thing feat. Chance The Rapper, The O'My's (JP) from TAKOM, Daito Manabe, MIKIKO awarded by MQ/Q21 for € 1.050 & a one-month residencey in Vienna

GRAND JURY PRIZE

GRAND JURY PRIZE 2016 - Best Fiction Film "Ennemis interieurs" (Enemies Within) (FR) from Sélim Azzazi Qualifies for the Academy Awards®

GRAND JURY PRIZE 2016 - Best Animated Film "Quiet Zone" (CA) from Karl Lemieux und David Bryant Qualifies for the Academy Awards®

SPECIAL MENTIONS

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Special Mention for Best Actress for Sokhna Diallo in "Maman(s)" (FR) - Maïmouna Doucouré

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Youth Jury Prize Special Mention "Die Badewanne" from Tim Ellrich

ASIFA AUSTRIA AWARD ­ Special Mention "Tosse Not My Soule" (GB) from Sebastian Buerkner

AUDIENCE AWARD

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2016 - Animation Avantgarde "Le repas dominical" (FR) from Céline Devaux

Most Popular Austrian Film "Cerro Ricco - The Silver Mountain" (AT) from Armin Thalhammer

Most Popular International Fiction & Documentary Film "Zvjerka" (FI/HR) from Daina O. Pusic

Most Popular Music Video "Deep Down Low - Valentino Khan" (GB/US) from Ian Pons Jewel

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2016 - Prix Très chic pour le film le plus extraordinaire "MeTube 2: August sings 'Carmina Burana'" (AT) from Daniel Moshel

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All Prizes

FICTION & DOCUMENTARY

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best International Fiction & Documentary Film
"A Man Returned" (DK/GB/NL) - Mahdi Fleifel
awarded from: Stadt Wien - € 4.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best Female Director
"Schicht" (D) - Alex Gerbaulet
awarded from: Elfi Dassanowsky Stiftung - € 1.000

ANIMATION AVANTGARDE

ASIFA AUSTRIA AWARD - Animation Avantgarde
"Vintage Print" (AT) - Siegfried A. Fruhauf
awarded from:  ASIFA Austria - € 2.000

ARTIST­IN­RESIDENCE STIPEND 2016 - Animation Avantgarde
"Le repas dominical" (Sunday Lunch) (FR) - Céline Devaux
awarded from: MQ/Q21 - € 1.050 & a one month stay in Vienna

ÖSTERREICH WETTBEWERB

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - best austrian film
"Wald der Echos" (AT) - Maria Luz Olivares Capelle
awarded from: VdFS and Österreichischen Filminstitut - von € 5.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Bester Newcomer
"Desert Bloom" (AT) - Peter Kutin and Florian Kindlinger
awarded from: ZAP Audiovisuelle Postproduktion GmbH - € 1.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Youth Jury Prize - Best Austrian Film
"Uncanny Valley" (FR/AT) - Paul Wenninger
awarded from: LISTO - € 1.000 als Postproduktionsgutschein

SCREENSESSIONS / MUSIC VIDEOS

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Österreichischer Musikvideopreis
"God of Ghosts/ Nu Renegade - Zebra Katz x Leila" (AT) - Florian Pochlatko
awarded from: Fachverband der Film­ und Musikindustrie - € 1.000

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Best International Music Video
"Cold Stares ­ Nosaj Thing feat. Chance The Rapper, The O'My's" (JP) - TAKOM, Daito Manabe, MIKIKO
awarded from: MQ/Q21 im Wert von € 1.050 & a one moth stay in Vienna 

GRAND JURY PRIZE

GRAND JURY PRIZE 2016 - Best Fiction Film
"Ennemis interieurs" (Enemies within) (FR) - Sélim Azzazi Qualifies for the Academy Awards®

GRAND JURY PRIZE 2016 - Best Animated Film
"Quiet Zone" (CA) von Karl Lemieux und David Bryant Qualifies for the Academy Awards®

SPECIAL MENTIONS

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Special Mention für die best actress Sokhna Diallo in "Maman(s)" (FR) - Maïmouna Doucouré

VIENNA SHORT FILM AWARD 2016 - Youth Jury Prize Special Mention
"Die Badewanne" - Tim Ellrich

ASIFA AUSTRIA AWARD ­- Special Mention
"Tosse Not My Soule" (GB) - Sebastian Buerkner

AUDIENCE AWARD 

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2016 - Animation Avantgarde
"Le repas dominical" (FR) - Céline Devaux

VIS AUDIENCE AWARD 2016 - Prix Très chic pour le film le plus extraordinaire
"MeTube 2: August sings 'Carmina Burana'" (AT) - Daniel Moshel

MOST POPULAR FILMS

Most Popular Austrian Film
"Cerro Ricco ­ The Silver Mountain" (AT) - Armin Thalhammer

Most Popular International Fiction & Documentary Film
"Zvjerka" (FI/HR) - Daina O. Pusic

Most Popular Music Video "Deep Down Low - Valentino Khan" (GB/US) - Ian Pons Jewel