A unique approach, a conspicuous will for composition, historic achievements or simply a host of impressive films: VIS Vienna Independent Shorts has paid tribute to those great exponents of the short film form, who left their mark on the international festival scene with their exceptional works, either recently or over many years. Since the festival?s beginnings, the works of international artist such as Miranda July (USA), Jerzy Kucia (Poland), Chantal Akerman (Belgium), as well as Miranda Pennell, Paul Bush, Ben Rivers and Semiconductor (all from the UK) were presented in retrospectives. Austrian short film makers presented in this context are Virgil Widrich, Mara Mattuschka, Hubert Sielecki, Lotte Schreiber/Norbert Pfaffenbichler, Thomas Draschan and Nicolas Mahler.

Now several innovations have come together in this jubilee-year: the Austrian Film Museum has become a highly attractive and renowned partner for the spotlight programmes, there will be not one, but two artists-in-residence at the MuseumsQuartier and in collaboration with Casinos Austria there is new support for young Austrian film artists. This year we are able to welcome a real star guest in Irish animation film maker David OReilly, as well as Michaela Grill and Billy Roisz, two exceptionally high-profile voices of the national avant-garde scene, as festival previews at the Film Museum. Japanese-French artist Momoko Seto will produce a new film at the quartier21 during the duration of the festival, while Russian footage craftsman Alexei Dmitriev is honoured not least as a curator. And Mirjam Baker will celebrate her return to Vienna from the Royal College of Art with a one-minute short and two exhibitions.

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Spotlight on: David OReilly

Irish-born filmmaker David OReilly (*1985), now based in California, is known for his groundbreaking contemporary 3D animation, mature sense of humor and virtuoso (mis)use of social media. O?Reilly?s animation work has been characterized by the use of intentionally stripped down 3d polygons, while matching the rough aesthetics closely with the concept of his storytelling. His work has won him uncountable awards at equally uncountable festivals, such as his YouTube epos ?Octocat Adventures?, ?Please Say Something? or his last short, ?The External World? which won both the jury and the audience awards at VIS Vienna Independent Shorts in 2011.

From May 29th to May 31st, VIS and the Austrian Film Museum will present OReilly's entire oeuvre in Austria for the first time. The tribute includes a screening of his independent short film productions, a master class as well as a carte blanche program by OReilly.

Read an interview with OReilly by VIS Artistic Director Daniel Ebner here.

A cooperation with Österreichisches Filmmuseum

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of Ireland's EU Presidency Culture Programme 2013

Grill/Roisz: Rock'N'Roll Will Never Die

With a festival preview on May 22nd and 23rd, VIS and the Austrian Film Museum pay tribute to Michaela Grill and Billy Roisz, two outstanding filmmakers of the first "digital generation" of Austrian avantgarde cinema. Going by the title "Rock'N'Roll Will Never Die", the screening includes selected work surrounding rebellion, exaggeration and culmination.

A cooperation with Österreichisches Filmmuseum