As the name suggests, the Vienna Shorts Festival is a major international film festival celebrating short-form movies (though part of me wishes this was a Lederhosen retrospective).
- Numerous films across multiple genres
- As well as screenings, various other events (panels, workshops, etc.)
- Prestigious international and national film awards
- 2020 dates TBA (was May 28 – Jun 2 in 2019)
- See also: English-language cinemas
The art of short films
Now nearing its 17th year, the Vienna Shorts Festival promotes, presents and discusses the short-form version of film making, with a huge lineup of Austrian and international films.
The festival offers way more than just a series of screenings, since it also covers various film prizes, panel discussions, industry events, and more. It also approaches short film in the widest possible context, as a sociocultural and artistic medium as much as a means of information or entertainment.
It’s a little early for the 2020 programme (watch this space). In the meantime, here’s a look back at 2019…
The festival followed the motto “Courage!” and featured some 305 films from 55 countries, with particularly strong representation from female directors. Browse the full, extensive programme at the Vienna Shorts website. Particular highlights were:
- The Opening Ceremony, which featured world and Austrian premieres
- The competition screenings, including…
- Fiction & Documentary and Animation Avantgarde awards (67 international films shortlisted)
- Austrian Competition (23 films shortlisted)
- Austrian Video Music Award (16 videos shortlisted)
- The Awards Ceremony that closed the festival on June 2nd
- The Virtual Reality day at the MAK Museum, which included public discussions with prominent panellists and presentations of VR works
- A special showing of The Third Man (which celebrated its 70th anniversary), preceded by a short film, The Third Dad, inspired by that Oscar-winning movie
…and so much more (Vienna Shorts is a BIG film festival).
2020 dates and tickets
I don’t have confirmed dates yet. For the record, the 2019 version was held late May / early June.
You can typically buy tickets either at the box office of the relevant cinema just before a showing or online in advance through the Vienna Shorts website.
How to get to the cinemas
We shall see where the 2020 screenings take place nearer the time. In 2019, these cinemas featured:
Address: Parkring 12, 1010 Vienna | Website
Take the U3 subway to Stubentor or the U4 to Stadtpark. The tram line 2 stops more or less outside (Weihburggasse stop).
Austrian Film Museum
Address: Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Vienna | Website
Take the U3 to Stephansplatz or the U1, U2 or U4 to Karlsplatz (exit at the Oper side). The 2A bus stops outside (Albertinaplatz) or take the 1, 2, D or 71 tram around the Ring to Oper/Karlsplatz.
Stadtkino im Kunstlerhaus
Address: Akademiestraße 13, 1010 Vienna | Website
Take the U1, U2 or U4 to Karlsplatz or the same trams as for the Film Museum above.
Address: Opernring 19, 1010 Vienna | Website
Take the U2 to Museumsquartier or trams 1, 2, D or /1 to Burgring.