VIS 2015 brings Don Hertzfeldt to Vienna

Only another three months to go: The 12th edition of the International Short Film Festival VIS Vienna Independent Shorts starts on May 26, 2015 at the Gartenbaukino in Vienna. But it is today that we can release some highlights of this years’ programme and bring your attention to our triangle-programme, which will be presented in Finland next week.

VIS brings Sundance-Winner Don Hertzfeldt to Vienna
We will welcome the film maker Don Hertzfeld from the United States as this years’ guest star. The cartoonist and animation artist with his minimalistic trick films and his black humour is well known by critics and audiences. His short film “Rejected” was nominated for an Oscar in 2001. His new work “The World of Tomorrow” won the Grand Price of the Jury at the Sundance Film Festival for the second time this year, with which he is the only film maker who won this award twice. VIS will show a detailed retrospective about his work and will hold a three-hour Masterclass in cooperation with The Austrian Film Museum. We are very pleased to welcome this remarkable artist this year.


Tampere and Lisbon are the VIS-Partner-Cities 2015
The International Short Film Festival in Tampere (Finland) is one of the oldest and most renowned short film festivals in Europe. Together with the younger, but not less prestigious IndieLisboa, it is part of this years’ partner festival for the triangle programme initiated by VIS. In the course of this triangle programme each festival curates a programme to a collective topic. Under the motto “The State of the Art” all three programmes analyse the current situation of short films, which increasingly shifts in between art scope and cinema. The three programmes can be watched for the first time at the ISFF Tampere, which starts its 45th edition next week (March 4). Over the last years the triangle programme was held in cooperation with festivals from Hamburg, Winterthur, Bristol and Riga.

Liegekino and exhibition in cooperation with the Wiener Festwochen
In cooperation with the Wiener Festwochen VIS brings back an elaborate highlight from former festival editions under the title “U/Tropia”. The Liegekino will enrich this years’ festival in two ways: During the day as part of an exhibition in the Plastikersaal at the Vienna Künstlerhaus, on evenings in form of curated film programmes. The audience will have a completely new perspective on cinema as the films are projected on screens hanging from the ceiling while lying on air beds when watching these programmes. Based on a concept developed from Brent Meistre from Rhodes University in Grahamstown (South Africa) and Daniel Ebner, Artistic Director (VIS), “U/Tropia” becomes a five day show room between installation and Expanded Cinema, whose overall effect opens up through the combination of two different perspectives – while walking or lying.

The competition programme of the festival will be published on the website www.viennashorts.com weekly starting at the end of March. All programme details will follow at the official press conference on May 6, 2015.

Press release for download