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).
- Over 300 films across multiple genres
- As well as screenings, various other events (panels, workshops, etc.)
- Prestigious international and national film awards
- 2022 dates: May 25 – May 30
- See also: Film festivals | DotDotDot film festival
The art of short films
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 normally 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.
The competitions invariably count among the highlights. In 2021, these included:
- The Fiction & Documentary and Animation Avantgarde awards (50 films shortlisted)
- The Austrian Competition and Austrian Video Music Award (40 videos shortlisted across both competitions)
For the full programme and format, check the Vienna Shorts website.
2022 dates and tickets
The 2022 festival takes place May 25th to May 30th.
Tickets normally become available online shortly before the festival begins. Last time out, passes were also available for the festival online portal and the wider This is Short portal (a joint platform for four European short film festivals). These portals offered digital access to films and other resources.
How to get to the cinemas
The 2021 event took a hybrid on/offline approach: check the website for details of whether things return to the usual in-person format in 2022. Two of the prime locations for screenings are usually:
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.