Vienna Independent Shorts


Years running: 19 (since 2004)

Vienna Independent Shorts

International independent festival for short film, animation & music video.


Being the largest short film festival of Austria and the Euroregion of Centrope, its primary task is to represent international short film to its fullest extent. Testing creative possibilities of how to make short film more popular is one signature feature of VIS, being always open to cooperations with numerous European partners is another. 

The festival unites decades of deeply rooted Austrian avant-garde short film tradition and an unbiased perspective on fictional and documentary films.  A separate programme section with an annually changing thematic focus offers additional possibilities of emphasizing the uniqueness of the festival.

As the only Academy Award qualifying festival in Austria, films at VIS also have the opportunity to qualify directly for the Academy Award's long list.


Each competition has its own international expert jury and its own awards. In addition two grand jury prizes are awarded to the best fictional film and the best animated film of all competitions. The grand jury prizes qualify the awarded films for the Academy Awards® (Oscars® )

The total in cash prizes in each competition:

  • Fiction & Documentary: EUR 5000
  • Animation Avantgarde: EUR 3050
  • Austrian Competition: EUR 7000
  • International Music Video Competition: tba
  • Austrian Music Video Competition: 1000
  • VR the world: EUR 1050


  • All films with a running time of 30 minutes or less are eligible for submission.
  • The film was finished on or after the 1st of January 2021. 
  • Films can be submitted via the online platforms.

Screening Media Type: 35 mm, 16 mm, DCP

Audio language: any

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official Website



Museumsplatz 1/5/2
1070 Vienna

Phone: +43 1 94 76 100


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    October 05, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    January 05, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    January 31, 2022
  • Notifications
    April 30, 2022
  • Event Dates
    25 — 30 May 2022
Categories & Fees

Animated and experimental films (no longer than 30 minutes).

  • Regular Deadline — $12
  • Late Deadline — $24

Narrative short films (no longer than 30 minutes).

  • Regular Deadline — $17
  • Late Deadline — $29

Only films with Austria as at least one country of production, or with an Austrian director or producer are eligible.

  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Late Deadline — $12
  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Late Deadline — $12
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