Klein Wien by Wolfgang Matzl (AT) is the winner of The Rhythm of Vienna short film competition public prize. The film tells the tale of a small man who arrives in the big city and sets off in search of the Prater amusement park. The competition winner was decided by a public ballot which ran until the end of October, with a trip to Vienna for two awarded by lottery among all entrants. The Rhythm of Vienna public vote winner also received a cash prize of EUR 3,000.
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. 129 submissions from 28 nations were received, which a jury of experts whittled down to three winners in September 2016. Klein Wien by Wolfgang Matzl (AT) was joined on the shortlist by Dead Reckoning by Paul Wenninger (AT) and Susan Young (UK) and Es ist wieder nichts passiert by Franziska Pflaum (AT/DE).