Sweet sixteen

For the 16th time the International Short Film Festival VIS Vienna Shorts was held  in Vienna.

The event has been started in the oldest Gartenbaukino cinema. During six days 305 feature, musical and animated films from 55 countries were presented in the six hottest spots of Vienna.

The most significant industrie’s festival in Vienna  was opened with an ironic Anna Vasof’s trailer “Astronaut”, which caused laughter at the thirtieth second.

The genre framework of the festival was edited in such a way, that  surprises, which were edted in the “timeline” of the program masterfully, were causing the instant emotional response from the viewers.

The sixteenth  edition of VIS became a triumph for two film directors, each of them  won several awards at once.  

With her deeply personal documentary “Eigentlich Vergangen” (Far From Past), the Austrian filmmaker Nicole Foelsterl won the Grand Prize in the National Competition and the Elfi Dassanowsky Prize for Best Female Director of the VIS.

The film qualified for the Austrian Film Awards as well as the Academy Awards and garnered high ratings in the audience vote.

Italian Martina Scarpelli has managed to make a similar record: the main prize at the International competition “Avantgarde animation” (in the nomination “Animation and experimental films”).

The black-and-white animation “Egg”, shot in France and Denmark, has gotten to Oscar’s longlist and will be presented to the European Film Awards Commission. Furthermore, the film scored the maximum number of votes and won the 2019 VIS Аudience award.

As a technological laboratory VIS has explored short films in all their diversity.

The festival was held under the motto “Courage”, and that is surely, an ultimate motto for the age of ‘sweet sixteen’ in the era of messengers.


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