Program overview

 

Q&As with the filmmakers after the screenings (see program)
All films in OV with English subtitles

Tickets

Starting May 15, you can buy your tickets on Ntry directly through the Timetable below, always until 11:59 p.m. of the day before the screening. Alternatively, you can also buy a ticket at the box office of the respective theater starting one hour before the screening

Program flyer 2019 (2.5 Mb)

Catalog 2019 (11.7 Mb)

Ticket prices

Single ticket € 8,50, reduced* € 7,
Live Performance: € 10

Reduced prices*

Groups (from 10 people, pre-registration necessary) € 6,–

* Reduced prices for students aged 30 and under and for single tickets for Ö1 Club members, MQ Card holders, and festival pass holders for 1 extra ticket per program.

Tu 28.05.

19:30
100 min

Gartenbaukino

Opening Ceremony
Gala

We travel the world and the seven seas / ­everybody is looking for something. For our place in the world (or in the movie theater). For entropy. Or for inspiration, not least because we are willing to...

We 29.05.

11:00
48 min

Filmmuseum

Kinder Programmieren – Young Programmers
kijvis Film Education

“Es ist so weit… A really dreamy color world”

I go to the movies . . .

. . . because I love going there, because it’s awesome there, so I can watch many old and new movies, because they’re playing many...

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11:00
90 min

MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst Vortragssaal

VR in Österreich: Kunst & Digitalisierung – Film & Talk
Virtual Reality Check

Digitization and the digital revolution are currently major topics on a variety of levels. But what are the possibilities and opportunities digitization has to offer the art world specifically?...

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13:00
90 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

European Film Award Candidates
Specials – Highlights

Starting this year, VIS is the official partner of the European Film Academy for the best European short film 2019. To celebrate this exciting news, we are happy to show five of the fifteen films that...

13:00
90 min

MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst Vortragssaal

Why We Should Support VR – Film & Talk
Virtual Reality Check

The second panel discussion within the framework of the Virtual Reality Check raises the question of VR’s potential as a new artistic medium. Why is VR worth supporting, and which initiatives does it...

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14:30
210 min

MAK – Museum für angewandte Kunst Vortragssaal

Showcase – Contemporary VR Highlights
Virtual Reality Check

Presenting eight works, we in cooperation with sound:frame show current range of the VR medium in Austrian and international filmmaking. From interactive VR installations in which viewers can...

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15:30
85 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

We Float On The River Of Life
Fiction & Documentary 1

The program kicks off with a daring jump from a bridge into a river. It tells tales of overcoming your own fears, of a birthday party with late arrivals, an intense grieving process, and the funeral...

16:00
120 min

Blautöne – Motion Picture Sound

LÖSCHEN Image & Sound In The 360-Degree Space
Producing A VR Short
18:00
65 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

The Hills Are Alive
Austrian Competition 1

Not all Austrian films are about Austria (thankfully), but this program brings together works which evoke the very particular atmosphere of the country and its residents. Mountain View and Water And...

19:00
73 min

Filmmuseum

Alex Gerbaulet
Spotlight – In Person

Four films as “manuals for a kind of activism compounding art and politics into one idea” (Katharina Sykora): Tattooed Prisoners and Depth of Field were created ten years apart from each other. They...

20:30
72 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Hitting Our Heads On The World
Animation Avantgarde 1

This selection pivots on Anna Vasof’s newest piece, Hitting my Head on the World, which seems programmatic for Animation Avantgarde because it overcomes the boundaries of several film genres by...

21:00
95 min

Gartenbaukino

DON WHO ?
Special – Kino & Raum

An anthology film about the sudden disappearance of Don Juan. Left behind are the seduced, the crestfallen, the hopeful ones, the angry ones. Ten directors, ten teams from the Department of Stage and...

23:00
68 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

PopPorn – Vienna's Most Exciting Porn Night
Late Night Movies

Female desire as an underwater expedition; male lust as an extraterrestrial odyssey. Once again, this year’s PopPorn whisks us away to intergalactic arousals and erotic dreamscapes. The bodies are...

Th 30.05.

11:30
120 min

Burg Kino Studio

Meet The AA Artists – Film & Talk
VIS Academy

These "workshop talks" offer unique insight into current artistic practices of animation filmmakers and give attendants the opportunity to discuss pressing issues with other participants. Newcomer...

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13:00
85 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Imagine Or Hallucinate
Fiction & Documentary 2

The program Imagine Or Hallucinate revolves around the politics of images, constructing specific images of reality by using drone footage, 360-degree cameras, satellite images, camera phones,...

14:00
78 min

Burg Kino Studio

Who Crushed Mrs. Moon?
Triangle – Motovun Film Festival

“Carefully observe the moon / rotating in its slow pace, still / there is only one side facing us / and that is not the dark one!” The brilliant Makavejev’s mind had foreseen the world of today years...

15:30
79 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Ukrainian Utopia
Focus

Utopia, the permanent wish list of a country and its film industry: While the social and political situation in Ukraine is so dynamic that nobody knows exactly what tomorrow will bring, a “lost...

15:30

Filmmuseum

Masterclass Anna Vasof – Hyperframes
Spotlight – In Person

Anna Vasof’s artistic research operates on the intersection of video, performance art, visual art, and expanded cinema. In her masterclass, she presents mind-boggling experiments with the core...

15:30
180 min

Filmmuseum

The Mechanics Of Motion
kijvis Film Education

In this workshop everyday objects and activities are used to gain surprising insight into the experience of the illusions of moving pictures: From cell-phone selfies and free handdrawings brought to...

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16:00
72 min

Burg Kino Studio

Against The Tide
Triangle – OFF Odense

Having the courage to follow your hopes, dreams and your heart even when it seems hopeless, absurd or just plain stupid is what this program is aiming for: daring to dance on the savanna when all the...

18:00
65 min

Burg Kino Großer Saal

We’re Taking The Liberty
Austrian Music Video Award

Maurice is back at it, but without his Lambo; the days of indulgence seem to be over—which Jugo and his homage to rusty Yugoslavian clunkers painfully remind us of. Faced with current reactionist...

18:00
86 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Come Away With Me​
Fiction & Documentary 3

The journey starts at a bus stop, where young students reminisce about political performances of the ’80s and ’90s. Back to Wonderland, a documentary road movie, is also a journey through the past...

20:00
67 min

Burg Kino Studio

Utopias Are For Realists!
Triangle – VIS Vienna Shorts

“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at,” Rutger Bregman quotes Oscar Wilde in his book Utopia for Realists and thus marks the jumping-off point for this program...

20:30
68 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

No Place (Like Home)
Austrian Competition 2

Dislocation, belonging and self-expression: From the rugged wilds of Ethiopia to the not-so-very-mean streets of Vienna, these five films depict individuals who have either found their niches or are...

21:00
76 min

Filmmuseum

Bjørn Melhus I
Spotlight – In Person

In The Magic Glass, a blank television screen shows the reflection of a female version of the director, failing to make real contact. Subsequently, a faceless lecturer recounts the influences of the...

22:00
79 min

Burg Kino Studio

A Public Service Announcement
Focus

The term “ephemeral film” was first coined by film archivist Rick Prelinger to categorize films that didn’t fit into preexisting categorizations. These included police training videos, adverts,...

23:00
62 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Dancing Screen – International Music Video Highlights
Late Night Movies

Our international music video program provides a cross section of excellence in music videos from the past year (among them Prince, St. Vincent, LCD Soundsystem, and Aphex Twin) and poses the question...

Fr 31.05.

11:00
120 min

Filmmuseum

Meet The Festivals
Industry Day

(only by registration)

How about a unique opportunity to pitch your film to some of the most important multipliers in the industry? In speed-dating-adjacent one-on-one meetings, filmmakers get the...

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12:00
113 min

Burg Kino Studio

Golden Nights: Marathon, pt. 1
Specials – Highlights

The French Académie des César and the Austrian Film Academy present Les Nuits en or (Golden Nights). This extraordinary panorama—with free admission—gathers 34 (?) award-winning films that received...

Admission free more
13:00
70 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Youth Jury's Favorites
kijvis Film Education

This year’s youth jury not only awards the winner of the Austrian Competition but also shows their own best-of program with their favorite films from the competition. In a joint project of VIS and the...

13:30
90 min

Filmmuseum

How To Sell My Movie – Workshop
Industry Day

Rarely has an area in film training been as neglected as the exploitation of one’s own work. Yet how a film will be shown and sold are exactly the kinds of questions that have become pivotal in an...

Admission free more
14:00
109 min

Burg Kino Studio

Golden Nights: Marathon, pt. 2
Specials – Highlights
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15:00
90 min

Filmmuseum

Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala: Met And Unmet Expectations – Film & Talk
Industry Day

The two Austrian directors and screenwriters Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (their Sinful Women of Höllfall aka Die Trud is showing at this year’s VIS in the Nightmares slate) have made a name for...

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15:30
74 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Impossible Shapes And Other Stories
Animation Avantgarde 2

In Michael Frei’s Kids all the characters are completely identical, which, translated into the real world, would be a thoroughly menacing scenario. Marta Pajek impressively shows how barely...

16:00
100 min

Burg Kino Studio

Golden Nights: Marathon, pt. 3
Specials – Highlights
Admission free more
16:45
90 min

Filmmuseum

Innovative Film In An International Context – Film & Talk
Industry Day

For many decades, innovative film in Austria has been a veritable model of success with worldwide artistic acclaim. The experimental, documentary, short and feature works are celebrated at the most...

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18:00
74 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Phantoms Of Liberty
Austrian Competition 3

So, what is the meaning of life? What does it really mean to be free? To what extent are our lives formed by external forces? This quintet may not deliver all of the answers, but get us a little...

18:30
90 min

Burg Kino Studio

Vimeo Staff Picks With Live Directors' Commentary
VIS Academy

A person talking during a film can be the most annoying thing imaginable—unless that person is the director. Join Vimeo curator Meghan Oretsky as she screens staff-picked films with live, unscripted...

20:30
87 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
Fiction & Documentary 4

A journey around the world—a world shaped by rituals and religious structures, by violence and authoritarian relationships, by confrontation and escapism. The six films of I Had Too Much To Dream Last...

21:00
38 min

Filmmuseum

Anna Vasof – Things And Wonders
Spotlight – In Person

Everyday life as an inexhaustible source of animated and performative creativity: brooms, shoes, windshield wipers, harmonicas, and many items of daily use are misappropriated in Anna Vasof’s series...

23:00
118 min

Burg Kino Großer Saal

The Third Dad & The Third Man
Specials – Highlights

“A man is not dead because you put him underground”—wise words from The Third Man. Director Theresa Moerman Ib opens her award-winning documentary short The Third Dad with this quote and subsequently...

23:00
80 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Très chic – A Night Of Most Exquisite Humor
Late Night Movies

If you like Piña Coladas, and think frogs are all gay, if you’re so into fences, and you give half a “dayum,” if you make pottery at midnight, in the arms of a Swayz’, t’is the program you look for,...

Sa 01.06.

13:00
69 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Magic Hour
Austrian Competition 4

Complexities of light and shade are a running theme in these half-dozen shorts, several tracing the sometimes jagged intersections of past, present and future using the concentrating prism of...

15:30
86 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Moving With A Pounding Heart
Fiction & Documentary 5

Always in motion, heart pounding, these five shorts race through the international competition: From a motorbike ride and an exorcism to the processing of a love story and an inevitable eruption of...

16:00
55 min

Gartenbaukino

3D – The Three-Dimensional Experiment
Special – Kino & Raum

By now an indelible part of the blockbuster segment, stereoscopic 3-D films are also increasingly popping up in independent cinema—for instance with Johann Lurf, whose Cavalcade proved the perfect...

18:00
75 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Sounds Very Good
Animation Avantgarde 3

That Animation Avantgarde cares deeply for the avant-garde film is exemplified by the richly colored found-footage film E-Ticket by Simon Liu, whose journey through the author’s personal archives also...

19:00
73 min

Filmmuseum

Bjørn Melhus II
Spotlight – In Person

Now is an almost abstract collage of shots from the Day of German Unity. The nightmare of Freedom & Independence pans out against the backdrop of a megalomaniacal metropolis. Melhus’s method of...

20:30
87 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Maybe We Are Already Dead
Fiction & Documentary 6

Death has many faces and is not shy to show them in these six stories: in near-death experiences in the jungle, in a trip through earth’s epochs that end in an apocalyptic vision of the future, in...

20:30
60 min

Celeste Club

Moïa Jobin-Paré & Sonic Luz, Jeck/Grill/Lemieux
Live

Moïa Jobin-Paré & Sonic Luz
Moïa Jobin-Paré, a visual artist and musician from Montréal, works with a blend of film and photography in her films. She uses digital video images that are printed on paper...

20:30

Celeste Club

Moïa Jobin-Paré & Sonic Luz
Live

Moïa Jobin-Paré, a visual artist and musician from Montréal, works with a blend of film and photography in her films. She uses digital video images that are printed on paper and scratches these...

23:00
67 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Nightmares – All in Your Head
All in Your Head

In our darkest hours, our own fears might get the better of us—fears that in hindsight often turn out to be illusions. But how to keep our spirits up if our own perception and inner madness habitually...

Su 02.06.

11:00
83 min

Burg Kino Großer Saal

Golden Nights: Matinee
Specials – Highlights

At the halftime of the movie marathon Les Nuits en or (Golden Nights) we, in cooperation with the Austrian Film Academy, invite you to a festive matinee—held for the third consecutive time and as...

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13:00
77 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Those We Love
Specials – Highlights

Five films close to our hearts—by seven filmmakers with close ties to our festival: two-time award-winners Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas inaugurate the program with Skip Day. The VIS programmer and...

13:15
125 min

Burg Kino Studio

Golden Nights: Marathon, pt. 4
Specials – Highlights
Admission free more
15:30

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Audience Favorites
Special – Best Of

The last day of the festival—as always—is reserved for the most popular and award-winning films of the previous days. Our grand finale will present works that were either selected by the juries or...

15:30
135 min

Burg Kino Studio

Golden Nights: Marathon, pt. 5
Specials – Highlights
Admission free more
18:30
90 min

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

Award Ceremony
Gala

The highlight for all nominees and the festival's glittering finale: the awards ceremony. The Vienna Shorts Awards are collectively endowed with almost 20.000 euros this year, and could qualify the...

20:30

Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus

The Award Winning Films
Special – Best Of

The last day of the festival—as always—is reserved for the most popular and award-winning films of the previous days. Our grand finale will present works that were either selected by the juries or...

VIS Nights

Tu 28.05.

21:30
250 min

philiale

Opening Party
Welia (Sama Recordings)

We 29.05.

23:00
180 min

philiale

Vienna Calling
DJ WHO?
23:30
150 min

Ludwig & Adele

Drinks At The Festival Café
DJ Shuffle

Th 30.05.

23:30
150 min

Ludwig & Adele

Drinks At The Festival Café
DJ Shuffle

Fr 31.05.

22:00
240 min

Club U

Fête Très chic
DJ Agathe Bauer, Chrislee Bear

Sa 01.06.

23:00
180 min

Celeste Club

Dream Dance
delia xxx, EcleKtric

Su 02.06.

22:00
360 min

Fluc

Closing Party
DJ Glossy QT