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Vienna International Film Festival
From: 2015.10.25 To: 2015.11.07
"I give the Viennale credit for being much more genuinely interested in independent work than most festivals are now. Each time I’ve been here, I’ve seen work, that I probably wouldn’t have seen very easily anywhere else." (Jem Cohen, filmmaker) The Viennale is Austria's most important international film event, as well as one of the oldest and best-known festivals in the German-speaking world. It takes place every October in beautiful cinemas in Vienna's historic centre - a festival with an international orientation and a distinctive urban flair. A high percentage of the more than 90,000 visitors to the festival from Austria and abroad is made up of a decidedly young audience. "It is the more challenging films from the international fest circuit that shine in Vienna, screening to the art-savvy audiences of Austria's cultural center." (Anthony Kaufman, indiewire) In its main programme, the Viennale shows a carefully picked selection of new films from all over the globe as well as new films from Austria, a great number of which being international first screenings. The choice of films offers a cross-section of bold filmmaking which stands apart from the esthetics of mainstream conventionality and is politically relevant. Aside from its focus on the newest feature films of every genre and structural form imaginable, the festival gives particular attention to documentary films, international short films, as well as experimental works and crossover films. "The Viennale is the world's only festival, where a Straub film requires an additional screening." (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader) The Viennale receives regular international acclaim for its yearly organization of a large-scale historic retrospective in collaboration with the Filmmuseum, its numerous special programs, as well as for its tributes and homages dedicated to prominent personalities and institututions in international filmmaking. The conclusion of the festival sees the awarding of the FIPRESCI Award of the international Film Critics' Association, the Vienna Film Award of the City of Vienna, plus an award by the DER STANDARD Readers' Jury. "The festival is not dominated by the million dollar deals of Cannes or the workaholic attitude of Berlin, but by metropolitan coolness." (Helmut Merker, Westdeutscher Rundfunk) Gala screenings, special events and parties are as much a part of the festival as interviews, animated audience discussions and encounters between international guests of the festival and local visitors. In recent years, the Viennale has established a secure place for itself on the international festival scene. It has become a festival which offers a program of high quality in a relaxed urban autumn atmosphere, when Vienna is at its most attractive. It presents an exciting array of newest international trends contrasted with selected historical reference points. It is a festival of information, surprises and discoveries. And above all it is a festival of films.