129 ideas from 28 nations were submitted for the international short film competition The Rhythm of Vienna. The expert jury, made up of chairperson and Vienna Film Commission CEO Marijana Stoisits, the actor Karl Marcovits, production manager at Wega Film Ulrike Lässer, and Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner, selected three winning submissions. Dead Reckoning by Paul Wenninger (AT) and Susan Young (UK) is a trip along Vienna’s showpiece Ringstrasse Boulevard that makes use of animation including stop motion-images and features music by Austrian electronic group Elektro Guzzi. Franziska Pflaum (AT/DE) masterfully captures moments of serenity in her star-studded film Es ist wieder nichts passiert. The short Klein Wien by Wolfgang Matzl (AT) spins a tale of an 8 inch high paper man who arrives in the big city and sets off in search of the Prater amusement park.
The competition winner will be chosen by the general public. Voting is open at shortfilm.vienna.info until October 31, 2016. The team behind the winning film will pick up the EUR 3,000 audience prize, and all voters are in with chance of winning a trip to Vienna for two.
Update, November 28, 2016: The winner has been chosen: "Little Vienna" by Wolfgang Matzl received the most votes from the public.
‘No documentaries, maximum five minutes running time and a link to The Rhythm of Vienna’ – these were the only criteria for entries the short film competition, stipulated by the Vienna Tourist Board, VIS Vienna Independent Shorts (Austria’s only Oscar® Qualifying Festival), and the Vienna Shorts Agentur when they issued an international call for submissions at the start of 2016. “What we say about ourselves carries a lot less weight than what other people say. Which is why we initiated this competition and invited experienced film makers all over the world to focus their attention on Vienna” explained Director of Tourism Norbert Kettner. With a production budget of EUR 5,000 each, the teams turned their short film concepts into reality over the course of the summer. The SAE Institute Vienna provided equipment, while the Vienna Film Commission organized filming permits and helped find locations. In line with “In the Rhythm of Vienna”, the capital’s theme for 2017, the Vienna Tourist Board will be showing the three films as part of its international tourism marketing programme via its online channels and events. They will also be showcased at next year’s VIS Festival, as well as at short film festivals abroad.