VIS 2013 doesn't just take one day longer than last year - we've also got specials before and after the festival. On May 22nd and 23rd, we pay tribute to the two Austrian avantgarde filmmakers Michaela Grill and Billy Roisz at the Austrian Filmmuseum. From May 24th to 31st, we'll present the first ever short film cinema release by VIS: Two coming of age stories, Erdbeerland by Florian Pochlatko and Landerdbeeren by Esther Bialas, will make for a great Strawberry Double Feature at the Votivkino! And two weeks after the festival, on June 14th, we're hosting the first ever Cat Video Festival Vienna at the Viennese Prater Jesuitenwiese!
Starting off with an extraordinary music video for Brazilian electronic musician Amon Tobin, we invite you to see ten short films, which allow an insight into the festival?s various sections. And this year we have quite a few big names at the ready, including two Cannes-winners: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Sakda) and Rezan Yesilbas, who also convinced the short film jury. At the end of the first half, Andrew Thomas Huang will spark off a surreal visual firework with Solipsist. The second half of the programme will be opened by this year?s guest of honour, David OReilly, whose absurd animated worlds also sow the seeds for Lucrecia Martel?s robot-like women in Muta. Tom Waits gives A Brief History of John Baldessari, before Johann Lurf?s quiet 16-mm piece Picture Perfect Pyramid contemplates a Vösendorf landmark. Finally a classic takes us to Paris: experiencing Claude Lelouch?s adrenalin storm C?etait un rendez-vous (1976) in the cinema is an absolute must!
Our new fixture Midnight Movies beckons you to the dark cinema in the middle of the night on three evenings. PopPorn on Wednesday night makes the start with VIS?s first ever ?porn night?. The flashy, saucy programme suggests that porn is not always the just porn. On Friday we celebrate the ninth birthday of Très chic with recent absurdities from the short film scene, as well as classics and favourites from recent years. In the final midnight extravaganza we will open the dark doors to the subconscious and dispatch you into a world of animated horror in Horrific Animation. Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and guest judge Chris Robinson raided his poison cabinet especially for this occasion ? we look forward to a Night of the Loving Dead!
Hosted by VICE
Following last year?s successful cooperation, VIS and Wien Energie host the short film production competition Night of the Light once again this year. Numerous Viennese film makers accepted the challenge of coming up with 3-minute short films on the topic of ?experiencing energy?. Finally fifteen treatments were chosen, five of which received a 3.000 EUR production budget from Wien Energie for producing the films. The finished works will now be presented at Night of the Light and the best two will be awarded prizes by the jury of five and the audience. Viennese comedy trio maschek will not only be the hosts of the evening, but will also vary the thematic framework through live-synchronisation. And following the awards ceremony there will be a launch party, where DJ Ken Hayakawa will tap into the audience?s energy reserves.