VIS 2016 Opens with Prominent Films and Guests

The 13th edition of Austria's largest festival for short film, animation, and music videos will started last night at the Gartenbaukino. The festival, from May 25th to 31st in Vienna boasts around 350 films and 150 international guests - beginning with Bill Plympton and Karl Markovics.

With around 350 films, almost 150 international guests, and 400 otheraccredited persons, the 13th edition of VIS Vienna Independent Shortsruns from May 25th through the 31st. To kick things of last night, Austria's largest festival for short film, animation and music video presented six prominent films at the Gartenbaukino in Vienna. Well renowned guests for the evening include, among others, US animation filmmaker Bill Plympton, and Austrian actor and director Karl Markovics.

While Plympton was honored on his 70th birthday, on hand with one oft he first "couch gags" for The Simpsons as a small teaser for the exhibition, co-hosted Austrian Film Museum, Markovics, together with Vienna Tourism director Norbert Kettner, presents the "Rhythm of Vienna"competition. Three short film projects which will shoot in September in Vienna will experience their beginnings alongside the festival's.

With more than 70 Individual Events VIS 2016 was opened this year by Vienna's Executive Councillor for Culture Andreas Mailath-Pokorny.
Representatives of politics, culture, and international film, and festival guests (including Mike Plante from Sundance Film Festival) were entertained by two 30-minute film blockswith two entries from the Berlinale, an extraordinary Austrian musicvideo, an Argentine resistance fairy tale, and a modern classic by Guy Maddin.

The festival opening took place in the presence of almost all of the opening blocks' filmmakers and will provided excellent insight in to the extensive festival program, which breaks down into four competitions, two artist exhibitions, seven in-focus programs, and numerous specials and children's programs. In the competitions, a total of 115 films from 31 countries compete for prize money worth more than 20,000 euros. And for the first time, as the only Austrian qualifying festival, VIS also gives two films the opportunity to qualify for the Oscars.

Lots of Special Events and an Open-Air Football Programm. Over the course of seven days, visitors can expect more than 70 individual events, including films for lunch and midnight movies, an artist exhibition on Anouk De Clercq, and a sampler from the Prague Film Academy FAMU, the world's fifth-oldest film university.
As part of the ScreenSessions, a celebration of the marriage between film and music, VIS presents two live concerts at the METRO theater. On Saturday (28.5.) VIS also presents the Austrian Music Video Award. And, as anintroduction to this year's European Football Championship, on Sunday (29.5.), VIS also hosts a football-friendly open-air short film programat Heuer at Karlsplatz.

The VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2016 award ceremony will be held at the METRO theater on May 31st. Until then, the festival screens a week of short films, animations, and music videos in the Stadtkino, the METRO, and at the Austrian Film Museum. The diverse program offers many short film highlights from the past year as well as historic gems.Tickets are available at www.viennashorts.com and respective venues for 8.50 Euro (student and reduced tickets may also be available for 7 Euro).