Vienna International Film Festival

The Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival) is a - in the meantime - 14 - day film festival, which takes place in Vienna since 1960, every year in October. Venues are the Gartenbaukino, the Urania, the Metro Cinema, the City Cinema, the Film Museum and the artist home cinema.


In 1960, the Association of Austrian Film Journalists realized the idea, even in Austria with Vienna hold an international film festival. Under the name of Erste Wiener Film Week and Austrian films were shown at the Künstlerhaus next 18 foreign productions. Prices were not awarded. In 1962, the young film festival, which had now been renamed Viennale, integrated for one year in the Vienna Festival. Since the dense cultural program of the festival week the Viennale could not achieve the desired attention, it was back in 1963 spun off and repositioned as eight -day festival of joy. For the first time a director was appointed Sigmund Kennedy. The program is now focused on quality comedies that were shown in the Urania. In 1968, Otto Vladika new festival director and the festival was relaunched. Under the motto movies that never reached us, a focus was placed on Eastern European films. From now on, a motto has been selected annually, which should highlight the theme of the festival.

In 1970, the festival devoted to the new Austrian film, programmed by the same Board of Trustees, which presented a retrospective of the independent Austrian films of the past ten years. In 1971 the Forum was cinema, which was then the largest cinema in the city, new venue of the festival. As a new festival director Edwin Zbonek was ordered, which hosted the Viennale and international recognition as a B- Festival, without competition, reached. 1973 was the first place in Viennale Gartenbaukino.

In 1978 the festival was moved to the October and increases the duration of eight to 15 days. 1979 cinemas were included in the outskirts of Vienna in the festival. Movies Viennale there were repeated to reach more prospects with the art films. In 1981, the festival management has been extended to the film journalists and producers Helmuth Dimko. In 1983 the festival fell out due to financial problems. 1984 was again held at Gartenbaukino. First time in 1987 at a price of Viennale has been awarded: the Vienna Film Prize. After its first award, it took until 1991 for the next assignment. Since then, he has been awarded annually.

1988 took over Helmuth Dimko and Veronika Haschka the festival guide. The main program was extended to include some special shows, which brought strong increases in visitor numbers with them. 1989 Dimko stepped back from the festival management.

1991 experienced the Viennale a large budgetary increase. The new Directorate consisted of the renowned film director Werner Herzog and one of the major players in the movement of the new Austrian film, Reinhard Pyrker, the festival continues professionalized and internationalized. Retrospectives and retrospectives were devoted to film stars John Carpenter, Billy Wilder, Jon Jost and Gina Lollobrigida and the Chinese film industry.

In 1992, the new directorate, consisting extend from Alexander Horwath and Wolfgang Ainberger the movies again strong. In the main program were joined by authors and avant-garde films and big Hollywood productions and action films. 1993 Viennale was first distributed to four cinemas: Urania, Metro and Künstlerhaus cinema in the city center, and the city movie on Schwarzenberg Platz.

In 1994, Wolfgang Ainberger the programming of the festival, while Alexander Horwath prepared the American film industry of the 1960s in the film museum in a retrospective for Viennale. 1995 and 1996 Horwath was ultimately responsible for the programming of the Viennale and was able to perform a true slimmer, but by audiences and critics positively adopted festival despite strong budget cuts. Also, a new award was in addition to the Vienna Film Prize and the Price New Cinema introduced. Since 1995, Vienna is one of those cities where a jury of international film critics and journalists association FIPRESCI award a prize to one 's first or second album in a director: the FIPRESCI Prize.

In 1997, Hans Hurch the festival management, which he will hold after several contract extensions until at least 2016. President of the Viennale since 1998 Eric Pleskow. The first time a sponsored short film prize was awarded in 1999.

2005 85.200 visitors were counted. 2006 reached 313 performances, of which 114 sold, 88,900 visitors and an occupancy rate of 78.4 percent. The Viennale 2007 went with a new attendance record of 91,700 visitors in 321 performances - sold out 126 - and an occupancy rate of approximately 79.2 percent to an end.

The Viennale 2009, which was extended by one day, offering visitors two large, dedicated people focus, State of Grace as a tribute to the guest of honor Tilda Swinton and Fight for Us with movies Lino Brockas. Among the filmmakers who also arrived and were available for discussions with the audience available, Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari, Guo Xiaolu, Nobuhiro Suwa, Asghar Farhadi were many others Jonathan Rosenbaum curated the series The unquiet American - Transgressive Comedies from the U.S. as a cooperation of Viennale and Austrian Film Museum. The Austrian film was represented among others by the opening film La Pivellina of Covi and Rainer Frimmel Tizza and Lourdes by Jessica Hausner, both the Austrian premiere, as well as the world premieres of Peter Kerns Blutsfreundschaft and Bock for President of Houchang and Tom Dariusch Allahyari. The documentation of Ute Bock was shown as a sign of solidarity with the protests at Austrian universities as well as a sneak preview on 31 October at the main auditorium of students occupied the University of Vienna. Overall, the presented Viennale 2009, around 300 feature films, documentaries, shorts and Experimentalfime.

The opening film of the Viennale 2010 was Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois, who was honored at the Cannes Film Festival with the Grand Jury Prize. Focal points of the festival this year were dedicated to the films of Larry Cohen and William Lubtchansky, the Special Programs presented including works by Denis Côté and Siegfried A. Fruhauf. My evenings were devoted to the films of Lou Reed, Klaus Lemke, Merv Bloch and Günther Straschek and the retrospective showed films of Eric Rohmer. The trailer for Viennale 2010 was designed by the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose Cannes prize-winning the Palme d'Or film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives are also in the program of the festival was to be seen. A total of 96,300 spectators attended this year for 351 performances, of which 123 were sold.

Tribute programs Viennale 2011, Harry Belafonte, and producer Jeremy Thomas dedicated a retrospective to the work of Chantal Akerman. In the center of Special Programs, the artist Lee Ann Schmitt stood, as well as in "Between Inner and Outer Space " short films by David Lamelas, Mark Leckey and others that deal with art spaces (museums, galleries ) deal as places of presentation and studios as production. The trailer for Viennale 2011 ("The 3 Rs " ) designed David Lynch.

In 2012, the Viennale celebrated its 50th edition, with a total of approximately 140 current long - feature films and more than 100 short films and older works in various special programs were on the program. The festival was opened with Argo by Ben Affleck. The tribute program was dedicated to Michael Caine, are shown by the ten films and who was present as a guest. The retrospective in cooperation with the Film Museum showed works by Fritz Lang, including two versions of Metropolis and M - A city is looking for a murderer. With Wolf That's the photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky was honored for his 100th birthday ( Get Carter ). Peter Kubelka was in a unique demonstration with two parallel 35mm projectors his films Arnulf Rainer (1960) and Antiphon (2012 ) and was in Martina Kudláčeks Fragments Of Kubelka (2012, 232 min ) portrays. In the Special Program They wanted to see something different curated by Jörg Buttgereit selection of films ran in the genre of the uncanny and the monstrous (Alien, The Angry Red, Fantastic Voyage, Deliverance, etc.). Five Women showed works by Coleen Fitzgibbon, Narcisa Hirsch, Mati Diop, Kurdwin Ayub and Amy Seimetz. New to the program of the festival was the program In Focus rail to move relatively unknown filmmakers to the attention of visitors. The start was made in 2012, the Portuguese Manuel Mozos and the Italian Alberto Grifi. Another guest of the Viennale was Patti Smith, who presented the produced by it Jem Cohen film museum hours and gave a concert at the Metro cinema.

City Cinema, Viennale 2004

Urania, Viennale 2004

Artist House Cinema, Viennale 2009


Shown is a selection of new cinematic works from around the world as well as national and international premieres.

In addition to current feature film production in all its forms, genres and narrative modes dedicates the documentary festival, the international short films and experimental works and from the crossover area special attention.

International resonant find particular the annual historical retrospectives in cooperation with the Austrian Film Museum, as well as the many special programs, tributes and homages dedicated at the festival important personalities and institutions of the international filmmaking.

The program of the festival further include gala screenings, special events and festivals, as well as discussions, public discussions and meetings between international guests and local visitors.


During the Viennale the FIPRESCI Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics awarded, as well, at the end of the festival, the highly doped Vienna Film Prize of the City of Vienna and the price of the reader jury of the daily newspaper Der Standard.