A lovely little film festival in a museum garden: dotdotdot offers a warm dose of entertainment to while away sultry August evenings in Vienna…
- Open-air showings of short films with related talks
- Takes place Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays
- Many films in the original English (or with English subtitles)
- Now approaching its 11th year
- 2020 dates: TBA (Jul 31 – Aug 30 in 2019)
- See also: Vienna Shorts Festival | Film festivals
Open-air festival of short film
With so many film festivals, it helps to have a few selling points to stand out from the competition. And the dotdotdot festival has several.
- It’s open-air, which makes for relaxing evenings enjoying the atmosphere as the summer sun dips below the horizon in the garden of Vienna’s Volkskundemuseum (the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art)
- It’s a truly inclusive event, by which I mean wheelchair accessible, family friendly, equipped with assistive listening technology, free entry for those who can’t afford a ticket, and similar
- It’s dedicated to short films, so you can enjoy the kind of features, documentaries, and animations you won’t normally find playing alongside the latest Marvel or Disney epic
2020 dotdotdot highlights
Since the last festival only just ended, it may be a while until I have 2020 highlights. Here’s a look back at the 2019 offerings:
Many of the 180 films on the 2019 dotdotdot programme were in the original English or with English subtitles, like the Intelligent Trees documentary (an award winner at the 2017 Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague).
Various points of focus coloured the selection:
- Open Roads – tales of travel, but also in the context of restrictions on the freedom to actually do so. So, for example, you could see Emily Ann Hoffman’s stop-motion animation, Nevada, winner of the Best Short Film award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
- Japan – four nights showcasing the work of Japanese filmmakers, with a host of animation included
- An evening of films from the Spanish filmmaker and Academy Award nominee, Juanjo Giménez Peña
- A collection of films from Austrian illustrator and filmmaker, Edith Stauber
- Museum stories – films set in museums as a tribute to the collaboration between the dotdotdot festival and their museal host
Find the full film programme and festival details at the official website.
2020 dates and tickets
Dates aren’t out quite yet, but the festival typically runs through August.
In 2019, the first film of dotdotdot played on Wednesday, July 31st, with late evening films and (sometimes) supporting events on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through to August 30th.
The admission fee is at your discretion. In other words, you decide how much you want to pay. Tickets usually go on sale at the door 30 mins before a showing begins.
How to get to dotdotdot
The Volkskundemuseum lives in one of Vienna’s finer districts (Josefstadt), a little behind the town hall and Rathausplatz that dominate the western edge of the city centre.
Subway: the closest station is Rathaus on the U2 line, but you could catch the U6 to Alser Straße, then jump on the 43 tram toward the centre for a couple of stops
Tram/bus: take the 5 or 33 tram to Laudongasse. If coming from the centre, take the 43 or 44 tram from Schottentor and get off at Lange Gasse. The 13A bus also stops at Laudongasse
Address: Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Vienna | Website