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:
Screening Media Type: 35 mm, 16 mm, DCP
Audio language: any
Subtitles language: English
No premiere requirement
Phone: +43 1 94 76 100
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Animated and experimental films (no longer than 30 minutes).
Narrative short films (no longer than 30 minutes).
Only films with Austria as at least one country of production, or with an Austrian director or producer are eligible.
Every year, an immense array of music videos find their way into websites like YouTube or Vimeo.
Pieces under 30 minutes.