Get out the fake blood and shades. Time to jump into parallel worlds where things just aren’t quite the same. Which is another way of saying you should take in some screenings at the SLASH film festival…
- A banquet for fans of genre films, from science fiction to the surreal
- Most films shown in the original English
- This festival is about the fun as much as the art
- 2022 dates: Sept 22 – Oct 2
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A festival of fantastic films
We’re not talking fantastic as in amazing (though that may be true, too).
When the SLASH festival says it’s all about fantastic films, it’s the other meaning of the word. So movies that take you out of our reality and into stranger, more magical worlds…horror, fantasy, science fiction, surrealism…often films that don’t always get much time in conventional cinema showings.
So a pick and mix from the (sometimes darker) imaginations of the cinematic world.
A mix that might throw out a My Own Private Idaho, but also a Meatball Machine Kodoku. A Raiders of the Lost Ark or an Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies.
Dozens of films typically get showings. Most of them are in English, or the original language with English subtitles. Look for the full programme on the SLASH website.
And like any self-respecting film festival, SLASH has a surrounding programme of events, with a touch more joy and flair than many of its cousins.
You might see star guests (Nicholas Cage attended back in 2018) or join the opening and closing parties. And filmmakers can submit their work for the festival’s competitions.
Incidentally, the same folk also usually host a mini-festival in late spring or early summer and make occasional guest appearances with selected films at other events. So keep your eye open for the SLASH logo.
2022 dates and tickets
2022 is the festival’s thirteenth year with dates of September 22nd to October 2nd.
The main festival venues are the Stadtkino, METRO Kinokulturhaus, Schikaneder, and Filmcasino cinemas. You can normally buy ticket packages online from the SLASH website or individual tickets from the cinema box offices (once available).
How to get to the festival
Here the directions for participating cinemas at the SLASH festival:
Like the festival films, the Filmcasino is a little off the beaten track, though still quite central.
Tram/bus: take the 13A or 59A buses to the Ziegelofengasse stop more or less outside the cinema. The 13A crosses a big chunk of Vienna, so you can pick it up from the Mariahilfer Straße shopping boulevard, for example. Its a bit of a walk (10 minutes?) from the nearest tram stop: Mayerhofgasse on the 1 and 62 lines.
Subway: it’s a 13 minute walk from the nearest subway station: Taubstummengasse on the U1 line.
Address: Filmcasino, Margaretenstraße 78, 1050 Vienna | Website
The METRO Kinokulturhaus is in the very centre of the historic old town, so you may be nearby if sightseeing.
Subway: take the U1 or U3 line to Stephansplatz or the U1/U2/U4 lines to Karlsplatz. Both stations are about a 5 minute walk away.
Tram: numerous trams stop at Oper/Karlsplatz, particularly the 1, 2, D and 71 lines that skirt parts of the edge of the old town.
Address: Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Vienna | Website
Stadtkino im Kunstlerhaus
In the same building as the new Albertina Modern museum just off Karlsplatz square and quite central.
Subway: take the U1, U2 or U4 to Karlsplatz.
Trams: identical tram stops to the METRO cinema.
Address: Akademiestraße 13, 1010 Vienna | Website
Coincidentally, very close to the Anglo-American grocery store, Bobby’s.
Subway: walk up from Karlsplatz (on the U1, U2 and U4 lines).
Tram: take the 1, 62 or Badnerbahn to Paulanergasse
Address: Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Vienna | Website