VIS VIENNA SHORTS 2020

Vienna - Austria

From May 28, 2020 to June 2, 2020


MUSEUMSPLATZ 1/5/2
1070 WIEN
AUSTRIA

+43 1 9476100

film@viennashorts.com

viennashorts.com

FICTION & DOCUMENTARY - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

The goal for Fiction & Documentary is to find smart and powerful films that approach the world around us with the means of cinema and engage with our surroundings in an unusual way. The movies should take a critical look and a political position, challenge us form and content-wise and can thereby transgress boundaries of category and genre. We want to be surprised or even irritated, transfixed by images or held by suspense, fascinated by radicalism or be touched by emotional depth. Be it a fresh or established perspective, the selection from the international competition for short fiction films and documentaries feeds on the vibrant and experimental mixture, not the artificial and self-referential hierarchy.


Opening submissions: October 2, 2019
Regular deadline: January 3, 2020 15 EUR
Final deadline: January 31, 2020 25 EUR
Notification of results: March 31, 2020


Preview format:
-Uploaded file (1 stamp)

Requirements:
1) Films completed after: January 1, 2019
2) Maximum duration: 30 min
3) Country of production: any country, except for Austria
4) Screening format: ​DCP, 35 mm film and 16 mm film​
5) Accepted genres: fiction, documentary
6) Subtitles: If the submitted film contains non-English dialogue or text, E​nglish subtitles​ must be provided.


 Regulations (PDF)


ANIMATION AVANTGARDE – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Animation Avantgarde has a clear mission: the idea is to put together competition programmes of works from the fields of experimental filmmaking, digital media, video and animation, concentrating on works away from the beaten tracks. Innovation for us doesn't mean to repeat the common clichés present in the different genres (ranging from avant-garde to commercial), but to make new experiences accessible. We focus therefore explicitly on a variety of contents, intentions and techniques, always with a close relationship to the Fine Arts. Not least for the sake of our audience we wish for intellectual stimulations, emotional ups and downs, enjoyable screening adventures, acoustic sensations and, last but not least, a lot of fun.


Opening submissions: October 2, 2019
Regular deadline: January 3, 2020 10 EUR
Final deadline: January 31, 2020 20 EUR
Notification of results: March 31, 2020


Preview format:
-Uploaded file (1 stamp)

Requirements:
1) Films completed after: January 1, 2019
2) Maximum duration: 30 min
3) Country of production: any country
4) Screening format: ​DCP, 35 mm film and 16 mm film​
5) Accepted genres: animation, experimental
6) Subtitles: If the submitted film contains non-English dialogue or text, E​nglish subtitles​ must be provided.


 Regulations (PDF)


AUSTRIAN COMPETITION – NATIONAL COMPETITION

Only films with Austria as at least one country of production, or with an Austrian director or producer are eligible. We are looking for films of any genre that are open to the world, yet self-contained. Exploratory or reflective approaches to topics in culture, society and politics are as important to us as a certain inner tension that arouses our curiosity and plays with our expectations. The films should touch and inspire us; they may criticize or provoke, and they should challenge us to further engage with the presented images. Content and form should be chosen deliberately and be coherent. Depending on the relevance, script, acting, visual design, sound, editing and the courage to take risks will be taken into account. Finally, the competition program should be representative of the quality and diversity of the Austrian short film.


Opening submissions: October 2, 2019
Free earlybird deadline: January 3, 2020 Free
Final deadline: January 31, 2020 10 EUR
Notification of results: March 31, 2020


Preview format:
-Uploaded file (1 stamp)

Requirements:
1) Films completed after: January 1, 2019
2) Maximum duration: 30 min
3) Country of production: any country
4) Screening format: ​DCP, 35 mm film and 16 mm film​
5) Accepted genres: any


 Regulations (PDF)


AUSTRIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARD - NATIONAL COMPETITION

Only films with Austria as at least one country of production, or with an Austrian director or producer are eligible. Every year, a large number of Austrian music videos find their way to websites such as YouTube or Vimeo. In the competition program for the Austrian Music Video Award we show a concentrated selection of those clips which are aware of the interplay of image and music level, show a high degree of fantasy or a great joy in experimenting and which are capable of fascinating us, touching us or breaking new ground. With the Austrian Music Video Award we form the sophisticated framework for the often neglected perception of the audiovisual miniature as a cinematic art form. The times in which music videos were primarily seen as an advertising medium for a song are long gone. Instead, today we are looking for technical innovations, a sense of aesthetic immediacy and unconventional cinematic & musical approaches.


Opening submissions: October 2, 2019
Free earlybird deadline: January 3, 2020 Free
Final deadline: January 31, 2020 10 EUR
Notification of results: March 31, 2020


Preview format:
-Uploaded file (1 stamp)

Requirements:
1) Films completed after: January 1, 2019
2) Maximum duration: 30 min
3) Country of production: any country
4) Screening format: ​DCP, 35 mm film and 16 mm film​
5) Accepted genres: music video


 Regulations (PDF)


NON-COMPETITIVE SECTION

Submissions are also possible for non-competitive festival sections. (All films that are submitted for a competition section will be viewed for all festival categories and do not have to be submitted additionally for the non-competitive section.) This category is open to films that either do not meet the terms of the competition categories or can be assigned to the following categories: international music videos, late-night movies, socio-political cinema. Films of all genres and formats (which do not meet competition criteria) up to a length of 45 minutes and with a completion date after January 1, 2018 will be accepted.


Opening submissions: October 2, 2019
Regular deadline: January 3, 2020 7 EUR
Final deadline: January 31, 2020 7 EUR
Notification of results: March 31, 2020


Preview format:
-Uploaded file (1 stamp)

Requirements:
1) Films completed after: January 1, 2018
2) Maximum duration: 45 min
3) Country of production: any
4) Screening format: ​DCP, 35 mm film and 16 mm film​
5) Accepted genres: any
6) Subtitles: If the submitted film contains non-English dialogue or text, E​nglish subtitles​ must be provided.


 Regulations (PDF)