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Since 2010, Animation Avantgarde has been pursuing the idea of placing experimental works and animated films in dialog with each other, thereby focusing on works that avoid the beaten path. We seek formal and narrative innovation and aspire to achieve the greatest possible diversity in terms of content and technology.” (Wiktoria Pelzer, Thomas Renoldner)

This year’s AA selection consists of 23 films from 14 countries, ten of the selected works are created by female directors or filmmakers who don’t identify as male or female. The jury — consisting of Vienna-based film scholar Andrea Braidt, Hong Kong-based German animation artist Max Hattler and French programmer and Clémence Bragard — awards the ASIFA Austria Award and a Jury Prize. The Elfi Dassanowsky Award for the Best Female Director is awarded across competitions. All awarded films are eligible for the Academy Awards®, the European Film Award & the BAFTA Award.


Laura Egger-Karlegger, Thomas Renoldner, Wiktoria Pelzer


Thomas Renoldner, Wiktoria Pelzer

Head of Selection

Thomas Renoldner, Wiktoria Pelzer