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New Managing Director for the Festival

We are delighted to announce our new managing director beginning with the season 2018/19: Doris Bauer, long-time managing director of the high quality video library “Filmgalerie 8½” and co-founder and director of the open-air cinema “espressofilm”, took over the executive management from Benjamin Gruber in September, who is leaving the festival after eight years.

Doris Bauer, who has been closely associated with the festival for many years and has been the head of selection of the international competition “Fiction & Documentary” since 2011, took over some of the management tasks on an interim basis in spring and will manage VIS together with Daniel Ebner in future. 

After years of organisational professionalisation and financial consolidation, Bauer has set out to further develop both the formal concept and the impact of the festival. “A film festival today has to be attentive and curious, sometimes controversial and resistant, with a clear profile and clear attitude,” says the new managing director. “VIS should therefore present contemporary cinema on the pulse of time and position itself increasingly as a cultural event and international flagship of the city of Vienna”.