VIS Academy

Short films are the home of film professionals and students, established artists and ambitious newcomers alike. For the first time this year’s VIS ACADEMY – with the support of the Vienna Film Commission and Kulturkontakt Austria, as well as the department of education at the Ministry of Culture – presents an especially dedicated industry day for the film sector, as well as a University meeting to facilitate professional networking on an educational level, aiming to promote networking and an exchange of ideas among pros and newcomers.

European Co-Production

The Industry Day on Saturday will start us off, the topic being European co-productions. Funding budgets for short films, one of the most innovative genres and invariably a fertile ground fornewcomers, have been stagnating for many years. So it is little wonder that the number of co-produced short films has recently grown rapidly throughout Europe. Meanwhile co-productions have become a new opportunity for creative discourse not only for producers, but also for film makers. Therefore international networking can be rewarding financially, and also with regard to content – yet still many shy away from such border-crossing co-operations. What is the appeal and what are the dangers of co-productions in the short film genre? Producers, film makers and a MEDIA representative go about answering these questions together with their host Laurent Crouzeix from the Euro Connection Forum.

Panel: Gabriele Kranzelbinder (KGP Produktion, A), Wim Vanacker (Nisimasa Netzwerk, B), Esther Krausz (MEDIA Desk, A) - Charlotte Vincent (AURORA Films, F), Pedro Lino (Director, P), Jukka-Pekka Laakso (Festival director Tampere, FI) Host: Laurent Crouzeix (Euro Connection Forum)

24.05.2014 - 12.30
HEUER am Karlsplatz

European Co-Production

After an international and high-profile panel discussion on the appeal and challenges of co-productions we will screen and later discuss Redemption by Miguel Gomes at the Stadtkino, which was produced in cooperation with four different countries, in the presence of two of its producers.

Young Animation Avantgarde

We also want to continue and strengthen our efforts in film education. The already traditional workshop, held by trio MuKaTo and an international film pedagogue in cooperation with a school, is embedded for the first time this year in its own school programme under the title Young Animation Avantgarde, which focuses on experimental animations.

Film & Talk: Meet The University

Last but not least the Vienna Film Academy and the Lebanese Notre Dame University will come face to face at the meeting of universities. The two 45-minute programmes, which will be screened in the presence of the directors, will be followed by short talks and a professional jury’s live critique, which will take into account the educational background. Two lectures on VIS at the Institute for Theatre Film and Media Studies and several visits by film schools to the festival will complete the universityfocus.

Youth jury

Another feature that should become a tradition is the Prize of the Youth Jury in the Austrian Competition, which will be awarded this year for the second time, in form of a post-production voucher worth 1.000 EUR sponsored by Synchro. In this project the students are thoroughly briefed in preparatory, self-organised workshops. This year two groups of students from the BG Wien 19 and the HAK Wien I will learn how to evaluate (short) films, subsequently making a pre-selection of prize-worthy films. A main jury of seven especially dedicated students will decide the final selection.

With the support of the initiative culture connected by Kulturkontakt Austria with financial means of the department of education at the Ministry of Culture.