Every year we focus on the short film culture of one European country, and this year it's Austria. We'll see that it has a lot more to offer than Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christoph Waltz!
If you want to get to know the next generation of a country's filmmaker, then you should always have look at short films. In cooperation with Vienna Independent Shorts and Sixpack we selected twenty Austrian films to be screened in three programs, focussing on fiction, documentary and art film.
Austrian directors such as Ulrich Seidl, Michael Glawogger and Michael Haneke are considered to be part of the international avantgarde of cinema, but they are also known for their serious, socially critical films. According to Daniel Ebner of Vienna Independent Shorts, the new generation has much more to offer. "For quite a while Austria was called the home of 'feel-bad-cinema'. But today especially young Austrian filmmaking proves to be fresh, smart, eager to try out new things, and - sometimes - even funny." Among the twenty films for example, is a short by the directors of Goodnight Mommy, last year's horror hit.